Post-MSW Professional Educator License: School Social Worker Endorsement

About the Post-MSW PEL with School Social Worker Endorsement at Loyola

Earn the credential that will allow you to positively impact pre-K through 12th-grade students as a school social worker in Illinois with the Post-MSW Professional Educator License (PEL): School Social Worker Endorsement at Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola's post-MSW, 13-credit-hour program includes three required courses, one externship, and an integrated seminar. Through it, you will be prepared for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Content Area Test for school social work, which you must pass before completing the program.

To pursue the Post-MSW PEL: School Social Worker Endorsement, you must have a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a graduate school of social work that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Applications for the post-MSW PEL program are due April 1st for the Summer start.

Program Structure

The Post-MSW PEL: School Social Worker Endorsement can be pursued full time and classes are held weekday evenings at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, conveniently located off the Red Line in the heart of Chicago. You can also pursue the endorsement 100% online.

Why Choose Loyola for Your PEL: School Social Worker Endorsement?

Led by renowned experts in the field

You will learn from a diverse and experienced faculty known and respected in the field. They are committed to excellence in scholarship and service and to your success as a future school social worker.

Our post-MSW PEL was designed for professionals juggling full-time work and other responsibilities. You can complete the endorsement program 100% online, on campus, or a mix of both. Choose the option that works best for you and your schedule.

You will prepare for your future as a school social worker through a (minimum) 600-hour externship in a traditional Illinois public school. Through a weekly seminar, you will learn to integrate classroom learning with practice skills in your externship.

Receive more individual attention from your professors and have more opportunities to interact with your peers through small class sizes designed for better engagement. You will also benefit from Loyola's focus on networking and career pathway development.

Your path to PEL endorsement goes through the Loyola School of Social Work, one of the nation's oldest schools of social work. The majority of students in our post-MSW PEL program have jobs offered or confirmed in the field by the time they finish.

You will earn your Post-MSW PEL: School Social Worker Endorsement through a program that is guided by the Jesuit values of social justice, care for the whole person, and faith that does justice.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Social Work faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Post-MSW Professional Educator License: School Social Worker Endorsement program.

Faculty and Staff