Illinois Licensure Testing System Requirement
Each person in the State of Illinois who is seeking a Professional Educator License (PEL) Endorsed in School Social Work Program must take and pass the 238 Content Exam.
GETTING THE CERTIFICATE
Upon successful completion of the required courses, school internship and criminal background check, all candidates must complete and successfully pass the 238 Content Exam.
Once the student passes the ILTS 184 ( 238 Content Exam) , the student must contact the Director of Field Placement. The Director of Field Placement will send a letter to Dominican’s Licensure Officer, indicating that the student successfully completed all requirements. The Director of Field Placement will also provide the student with Dominican’s Licensure Officer’s contact information. The student must follow up with the Certification Officer to complete the process.
Students interested in the Schools track must complete the required coursework as well as adhere to the Illinois licensure testing requirement. In order to be a licensed school social worker, students must pass the 238 content exam. Information on the 238 Content Exam can be found here: https://www.il.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/IL238_TestPage.html
Short-term Approvals for School Support Personnel
Licensure for LSWs and LCSWs working in schools due to shortages
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) allows Post MSW Social Workers to seek admittance into the Short-Term Approval Process if they meet these requirements. Approvals (isbe.net)
Internship requirements are completed as part of employment if the work experience and role meet the requirements for school social work licensure. This is subject to review upon admission.
Before application to Dominican University’s School of Social Work (SSW)
1. Set up an Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account: https://www.isbe.net/pages/educator-licensure-information-system.aspx
2. Pay the $50 fee and apply online through the ELIS system for Short Term Approval by completing ISBE form 83-86: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/83-86.pdf
3. Take and pass the content exam: Tests (nesinc.com)
At the time of application, the application must include:
· Evidence of LSW or LCSW licensure (Screenshot or print out from IDFPR with license number)
· Screenshot of credentials page showing short-term approval in ELIS account
· Provide evidence that supervisor has a PEL and 2 years post-masters experience in school social work in Illinois. If you do not have access to supervision from someone with the above criteria, see below. (Provide name of supervisor and IEIN and a resume)
· Provide evidence of passing the content exam for School Social Work through Illinois Licensure Testing System. Must be a screenshot of testing page in ELIS account.
1. School of Social Work’s Director of Field Education will confirm with Dominican University licensing officer that the student’s ELIS account in fact shows that the applicant has a Short-Term Approval.
2. Applicants will meet with the SSW’s School Social Work Representative for the PEL in order to verify that the current work experience meets the criteria for a PEL, and create a plan for addressing any deficiencies in the workplace.
3. Complete a Contract between SSW and District
4. An acceptance decision will be made.
To complete the Short-Term Approval Process, enrolled students must meet the following requirements
1. SWK 664: School Social Work
2. SPED 522: Exceptional Students: Characteristics and the Special Education Process
3. SWK 611: Field Practicum III
4. SWK 651: Field Practicum IV
5. One year of work experience under a Short-Term Approval-9 month internship
6. Evidence of a proficient or higher evaluation rating from employer (must use a School Social Work-specific Evaluation rubric, such as Danielson Model rubric adapted for School Social Workers) - This evaluation form must be completed upon completion of the field experience. School_Social_Worker_Evaluation_Rubric.doc
The cost to complete the Short Term Approval process is the same as the cost of the full Post-MSW PEL program