Post-MSW Illinois Educator's License with School Social Work Endorsement (Type 73 Certification) Requirements

This program is offered on the Aurora campus and at George Williams College.

Post MSWThe School of Social Work offers a curriculum designed to meet Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements for Post-M.S.W. candidates to become certified as school social workers in Illinois.

All of the requirements can be completed in one calendar year or less. The School of Social Work will guide you through the ISBE certification process. We will also help you prepare for the additional ISBE requirements, including the Illinois Basic Skills test and the Illinois School Social Work test. Requirements for the Post-M.S.W. School Social Work program are:

Application Requirements

The applicant must have earned a Master of Social Work degree from a CSWE-approved program.

Applicants must submit:

  1. An application (obtained online or from the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies) for the Post-Master Type 73 Program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.
  3. An official transcript denoting the M.S.W. degree. These materials should be sent to the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies.

When all components of the application package are received by the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies, it is then forwarded to the School of Social Work.

Course Work and Field Placement Requirements

Post-M.S.W. students must successfully complete the following courses:

  • SWK6430 — School Social Work Certification Course (3 semester hours)
  • SWK5610 — Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child (3 semester hours)
  • SWK6670 — Post M.S.W. — Type 73 Advanced Field Instruction (minimum of 600 clock hours in the field) (3 semester hours). Individuals with experience in relevant areas may inquire with the school social work coordinator regarding this requirement.

We believe that the student should play a vital role in determining his/her field placement. As is the case with our regular M.S.W. students, we maintain a file with the names, addresses, phone numbers and contact persons of schools that have participated as internship sites, from which students can choose. Placements need to be arranged before a student can register for SWK6430. Students should begin to make arrangements for internships in January.

Academic Requirements

The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 for the entire course sequence.

The program must be completed within four consecutive semesters from the first semester after being officially accepted into the certificate program. Any modification in the program completion plan must have prior approval of the school social work program coordinator.

Post-M.S.W. Type 73 students are not required but are encouraged to enroll in elective course offerings related to school social work practice as a means of rounding out their training experience.

ISBE Test Requirements

As of July 1, 1988, the state of Illinois requires that anyone seeking professional certification to function as a school social worker in public schools must pass two proficiency examinations: the Illinois Basic Skills Examination (096) and the Illinois School Social Work Content Examination (184). Both examinations must be passed in order to complete the certification process.

Aurora University strongly recommends that you take and pass the basic skills test prior to beginning your class work. While it is not a prerequisite to being admitted to the program it is to your advantage to have that requirement out of the way as soon as possible. The basic skills test includes basic math, reading and writing skills. When registering for the test, please indicate that you want the results forwarded to Aurora University.

Complete information on the tests can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education site. The site includes registration forms, test dates and costs. There are also study guides for the basic skills test and school social worker test available at the ISBE website.

Note: Information regarding the exams can be found by calling National Evaluation Systems, Inc. at 800-239-8107, or at

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies at (630) 844-5294.

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