School Social Work

For over a hundred years, school social workers have been providing a critical link between school, home, and community. The school social work profession has consistently focused on coordinating the efforts of schools, families, and communities toward helping students improve their academic achievement and social, emotional, and behavioral competence by using its unique perspective of viewing the person in their environment. School social workers seek to ensure equitable education opportunities; ensure that students are mentally, physically, and emotionally present in the classroom; and promote respect and dignity for all students. School social work is a complex and specialized field of practice that is affected by changes in education policy, research, and practice models that continue to evolve.

Professional Educator License (PEL) Requirements

If you hold a valid, comparable out of state license:

  • A copy of your valid, comparable out of state license

  • A master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

 

If you do not have a valid, comparable out of state license:​

Source: ISBE - School Support Personnel Endorsement (PEL)

Do CEUs qualify for the PEL? In Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will accept courses that fulfill the IDFPR continuing education unit (CEU) requirements for renewal of the Professional Educator License (PEL) if you concurrently possess an active LSW or LCSW license.

PEL Renewal

As communicated to the NASW-Illinois Chapter by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): 

 

The attached chart shows shows the renewal requirements for Illinois professional educator licenses (PEL) endorsed for Illinois public, charter, and state-operated school social workers.
 

The requirements do not apply to individuals working in private schools or in non-school settings. Individuals not employed in the Illinois public education system do not have professional development requirements. They need only pay their $50 registration fees every five years to renew their PEL.
 

Click here to download the ISBE Professional Educator License Renewal for Public School Social Workers chart. 

Do CEUs qualify for the PEL? In Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will accept courses that fulfill the IDFPR continuing education unit (CEU) requirements for renewal of the Professional Educator License (PEL) if you concurrently possess an active LSW or LCSW license.

For more about PEL requirements, visit see our PEL Requirements section above.


For further questions about the PEL (formerly Type 73), contact ISBE: http://www.isbe.net/

 
Additional Resources

 

 

 

NASW periodically revises the NASW Standards for School Social Work Services to meet the changing needs of school social workers, the clients they serve, and local education agencies.