Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) students who choose the School Social Work concentration take coursework that prepares them to do their advanced practicum in a school setting for one academic year. You will be required to pass the content area test for social work prior to entering your last semester of study. Students should apply for the Professional Educators License with a School Social Work endorsement in their last semester through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), allowing them to obtain employment as a school social worker.
In this role, social workers will assist in assessing grade school, middle school, and/or high school children's needs, especially if the children are showing deficits in learning. Once those needs are clearly identified, the worker will collaboratively develop individualized education plans (IEPs) to meet these needs, and in most cases will work with the students and his/her teachers and family members to make the student's educational experience more successful. The worker will also provide individual, group, and family counseling services and serve as a broker in locating needed services within the community.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
A student applying to this program must:
Advanced Standing Applicants: you must provide one academic reference and one reference from a field instructor. If you have not begun your field practicum, you may provide one reference from a professional or volunteer social service/human service experience.
Full Program Applicants: You must provide at least one academic reference if graduating within a year of applying to the MSW program and one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services. Applicants who are currently working full-time must provide any two of the following: one reference from a social service/human service supervisor, one reference from a professional colleague and/or former supervisor or one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services (especially for candidates who are changing careers).
Please provide the following guidelines to your recommender for completion of a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant:
The questions that need to be addressed are:
|Fall (August)||March 22 for full program applicants only|
|Spring (January)||No admission|
|Summer (May/June)||No admission|
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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