Become a Social Worker in Illinois

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Illinois, contact the Illinois Social Work Licensing Board.

Illinois law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:

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University of Southern California (USC)
  • Top-ranked program, with multiple start dates throughout the year
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  • Acclaimed clinical social work curriculum combined with cutting-edge technology
  • Live, weekly seminar-style classes taught by renowned Simmons faculty
Fordham University
  • Four main areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
University of Denver
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  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
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Illinois LCSW

Illinois LSW


In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Illinois, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Illinois can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Illinois social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated: 12/01/2016.

Illinois Social Work Salary

Illinois Social Work Salary
Illinois Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $57,600
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $57,180
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $52,290
All Other Social Workers $61,400
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
 
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Illinois is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

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