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School Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


You will be required to pass the content area test for social work prior to entering your last semester of study. Students should apply for the Professional Educators License with a school social work endorsement in their last semester through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), allowing them to obtain employement as a School Social Worker.

In this role, social workers will assist in assessing grade school, middle school, and/or high school children's needs, especially if the children are showing deficits in learning. Once those needs are clearly identified, the worker will collaboratively develop individualized education plans (IEPs) to meet these needs, and in most cases, will work with the students and his/her teachers and family members to make the student's educational experience more successful.


Illinois State University operates under authority granted by the State of Illinois. Courses of study offered by Illinois State University are those authorized by the state through its Illinois Board of Higher Education.Accreditation is a voluntary process that provides assurances to the public, in particular to prospective students, that an institution meets clearly stated requirements and criteria. Accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution meets threshold quality standards and is engaged in continuous improvement. In Illinois, only accredited institutions are permitted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to offer post-secondary programs. Illinois State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Practice Evaluation I
  • Practice Evaluation Ii
  • Psychopathology
  • Practice With Children And Adolescents
  • School Policy
  • Social Work Practice In Schools
  • Advanced Practicum Seminar I
  • Advanced Practicum Seminar II
  • Advanced Practicum I
  • Advanced Practicum II

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission Requirements:
A student applying to a master's program must:
  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
  • have an undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  • have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last sixty hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program
  • pass the Test of Academic Proficiency through the Illinois Stesting System and a background check before your application
  • submit a current resume. Your resume should include your educational and relevant employment history, social work-related activities and volunteer involvement, publications by you, and any professional organizational affiliation (i.e. National Association of Social Workers, etc.).
  • submit names and email addresses of two references for letters of recommendation within the online application. Recommendations should be written by individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement, potential, and relevant professional and/or volunteer experience in the field of social work or other human service related field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    808 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 808 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    389 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 389 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Normal

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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