Program Overview

Enhance your skills and prepare for school social work practice with the online Post-MSW Professional Educator’s License from Aurora University Online. This program is designed for those who have earned a Master of Social Work degree and plan to specialize their skills for public and private school settings. Coursework consists of key topics in social work policy, exceptional children, reading content, and field instruction. When you earn your school social work certification online, you will be prepared to provide social services and assistance that improves the quality of life for children both socially and psychologically, and maximizes family well-being and academic functioning of children. MSW program coursework is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and online Professional Educator License in School Social Work endorsement coursework is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Curriculum Overview

Aurora University’s school social work certification online program provides you with a broad academic background in school social work practice, as well as field experience in school social work. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience. Note that field experience must be completed in an Illinois school and the PEL is issued for the state of Illinois only.

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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:May 6, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:1 Year
  • Credit Hours:12
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$600

Course Offerings

The program must be completed within four consecutive semesters from the first semester after being officially accepted into the endorsement program. Students are encouraged — but not required — to enroll in electives related to school social work practice to diversify their training.

To earn the endorsement, students must successfully complete the following courses and maintain a 3.0 grade-point average:

  • SWK6430 School Social Work Certification Course – 3 hours
  • SWK5610 Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child – 3 hours
  • SWK6600 Reading Content and Reading Methods for School Social Worker – 3 hours
  • SWK6650 Advanced PEL Field Instruction I – 3 hours
  • SWK6660 Advanced PEL Field Instruction II – 3 hours*

* Advanced School Social Work Required Field Hours are prescribed based on experience.

Note: Illinois State Board of Education requirements for endorsement/licensure are frequently modified. Please contact the School Social Work Program Coordinator for current requirements.

Field Instruction

With AU, students play a vital role in determining their field placement. AU will help students select an internship site and maintain contact information with partner schools. (All students must complete a 600-hour field placement in a school setting in the state of Illinois. We do not waive any of those hours.)

Placements should be arranged before students register for SWK6430.

The applicant must have a Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-approved program.

Aurora University offers a curriculum designed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for endorsement as a school social worker in Illinois. The endorsement-only program is for students who have earned an MSW degree.

  • A completed Graduate Application for Admission.
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all prior undergraduate and graduate colleges and/or universities. Aurora University accepts official electronic transcripts at AU-ETranscripts@aurora.edu.
  • Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-approved program with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower GPA will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s professional and/or academic abilities.
  • A curriculum vitae or detailed resume that includes work experience, educational background, professional experience, professional activities, honors, professional publications and/or presentations and other relevant information relating to the applicant’s leadership background.
  • A completed background check (applicant must pay for this).

When all components of the application package are received by AU Online, it is sent to the Coordinator of the School Social Work Specialization. Aurora University recommends that applicants pass the ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency (400) (or equivalent) prior to school social work placement. The School Social Work Content Exam (184) may be completed during the school social work placement and must be completed prior to licensure. Information about these exams can be found at il.nesinc.com.

Graduate-level course credit is transferable, allowing students to earn their degree faster than ever. Graduate-level credit earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education graded “B” or better may be transferred to Aurora University and applied toward a master’s or other post-baccalaureate programs prior to enrollment into Aurora University.

Check your credits with our Transfer Evaluation System.

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Post-MSW PEL: School Social Work Career Outcomes

This program provides a pathway to become a school social worker in public and private school settings in Illinois. Graduates are prepared for school social work certification in Illinois.

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