Friday, July 6
Changes to Illinois Type 73 School Social Worker Certificate
Effective July 1, 2012, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issued a rule change requiring that all MSW students must take and pass the ISBE Content Area Test for school social worker (code 184) prior to starting their internship in a public school. This change by ISBE was just recently confirmed to apply to service certificates such as the Type 73.
This rule change will impact student members, as well as school social workers who have already accepted 2012–2013 school internship placements. Some students may be contacted by their site to inform them of this rule and the inability of the student to be officially in a school internship pending the passing of the content area test. The rule change is based on comprehensive certification amendments to the School Code enacted in 2011 that we were assured would not substantively impact employees with Type 73 certificates.
Phil Milsk, NASW Illinois Chapter Government Affairs Consultant, will be in Springfield next week meeting with ISBE, together with representatives from the Illinois Association of School Social Workers (IASSW), as well as representatives from the University of Illinois Jane Addams College of Social Work and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work.
We will keep the membership informed of these developments.