Aurora University

Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Social Work Endorsement

Why pursue a Professional Educator License (PEL) with School Social Work Endorsement at Aurora University?

This program provides the pathway to become a school social worker. Our program meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements to become endorsed as school social workers in Illinois. The program is available as a specialization for students currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work degree, or as an endorsement-only program for students who have already completed an MSW degree.

Program quick facts
  • Program length: 60 semester hours (traditional students), 30 semester hours (advanced standing students), or 15 semester hours (for those who already hold an MSW degree)
  • Tuition: View current rates
Program structure
  • Traditional and advanced standing students will take six courses in exceptional children, reading content, social work policy, and field instruction.
  • Post-MSW students will take five courses.
  • All students will participate in a field placement.


Experiential learning opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities

Through work in the classroom and in the field, you will be able to address social-emotional issues, provide support to families, assist with academic performance, and improve the well-being of students.

Career opportunities

This program prepares you to work in an Illinois public school setting as a school social worker.

Get hired by the best

Our graduates are successfully employed in public school districts across the state.