Taking the School Social Work sequence gives you the skills and experience to help students when they need it the most.
You will spend one academic year in a school setting. This experience gives you the opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers and families. Together, you will help create individualized education plans (IEPs) to address students’ needs. You will also provide counseling services for individuals, groups, and families.
Sometimes students need resources outside of their school. In these situations, you will serve as an advocate for their needs.
Our program also prepares you to take the social work content exam.
Upon successful completion of our program, you are eligible to apply for the Professional Educator's License with a School Social Work endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education. This credential allows you to be employed as School Social Worker.
The School Social Work specialization is only offered as a part-time option for Advanced Standing students.
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 have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program. A student will qualify for Advanced Standing admissions if they have received a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program within 8 years.
Applicants need to submit:
Include recommendations from two individuals who are familiar with your academic potential and achievement, and with your professional or volunteer experience in social work or other human service related fields.
If you are an Advanced Standing applicant who has completed your field practicum in the past 2 years, one of your recommendation letters should be from your field instructor.
Recommendation letters should include how long and in what capacity the recommender and applicant have known each other. The letter will provide an assessment of the applicant’s:
Length: 5-10 pages
Style: American Psychological Association (APA) format
Your essay should demonstrate your interest in earning a master’s degree and working in the social work field. Draw from your academic, personal, and professional experiences to answer the following questions and topics in your essay:
Entry into the social work program and profession is also based on legal requirements. The Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics outline the laws around getting your license and practicing in the field.
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|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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