College of Education & Human Services

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Our Mission

The College of Education and Human Services provides a challenging and supportive learning environment for individuals that is widely recognized as meeting the humanistic and technological demands of a global society.

The College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) is a diverse, dynamic and progressive college comprised of twelve academic departments and four externally funded service centers. COEHS is nationally recognized for the quality of its varied programs, and for its distance learning initiatives and technology integration in teacher education. It also has a history and reputation for providing quality professional development to P-12 educators and human services personnel.

What We Do

The College's academic and service responsibilities encompass a multitude of areas. The 12 academic departments offer a total of 11 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate majors, and 13 post-baccalaureate certificates. Ten COEHS departments offer degrees at the WIU Quad Cities campus. All 12 departments also focus on their service responsibilities to the university, community, region and state, as well as provide students with early and capstone experiences in their respective fields of study.

Teacher Education

COEHS departments prepare the majority of WIU undergraduate and graduate students seeking initial or advanced certifications in the education field. Additionally, offices overseeing teacher candidates' field and clinical (student teaching) experiences are located within the College. The Dean of the College leads the teacher education unit and chairs the University Teacher Education Committee (UTEC). The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has continuously accredited Western's teacher education program since 1954.

Smartboard TechnologyHuman Services Professionals

The COEHS Human Services departments prepare professionals for a variety of human service professions. Curriculum is continually assessed and revised based on occupational demand. Internships are a critical component of the human services programs, offering students professional experiences and employment opportunities, All of the Human Services degree programs promote leadership, innovation and self-discipline to help students succeed in their chosen careers.

Technology

A major focus in the College is the promise and possibilities of technology in teaching and learning. Faculty and students are provided access to technological infrastructure and necessary human support to use technology efficiently and creatively to further education and create learning communities. Resources within the College include 33 of the 47 University electronic classrooms, an Interactive Multimedia Lab fully equipped with technology for multimedia creation and editing, and a Technology Resource Center from which to borrow the latest technologies. Technology training workshops and one-on-one consultations are available to both faculty and students.

Learning

The College of Education and Human Services creates a stimulating, active, and engaged learning environment. The intent of the College is to support the values and mission of Western Illinois University by educating and preparing a diverse student population to thrive in and contribute to our global society.