Curriculum and Instruction
Children's Literature Examination Center
Located in Horrabin Hall, the Children's Literature Examination Center provides (1) access to current children's and young adult books for teachers, librarians, and students; (2) support services for teaching, research and learning activities pertaining to children's and young adult literature; and (3) workshops, displays, and other continuing opportunities for professional teachers, librarians, and parent groups. The Center includes the latest in trade books, from a wide range of publishers, for children and young adults.
Illinois Reading Council Journal
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is home to the highly-acclaimed Illinois Reading Council Journal (IRCJ). As the official journal of the Illinois Reading Council, the state affiliate of the International Reading Association, IRCJ is distributed quarterly to over 6,000 members throughout Illinois and nationally. Individual faculty within the Department serve as journal editor, assistant editor, and members of the executive editorial board.
The Maurice G. Kellogg Science Education Center houses an extensive collection of curriculum materials used to support undergraduate and graduate science classes, including curriculum guides, textbooks, laboratory manuals, computer software, and laboratory equipment and supplies.
Providing assessment services in reading and related areas to individuals in west central Illinois, the Reading Center is a valuable resource to students and faculty in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Students of the public and private schools, as well as the university, are typically served by this Center. The Center also operates the America Reads Challenge tutoring program at several area elementary schools. WIU students serve as tutors for elementary children in this after school program.
Social Studies Center
The Social Studies Center houses a collection of curriculum materials that are used by candidates as part of their courses and field experiences.
WIU Infant and Preschool Center
Housed within the College of Education and Human Services, the WIU Infant & Preschool Center provides our students observational and hands-on experiences with children ages six months to five years of age. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Center employs five master teachers who serve to model best practice for Early Childhood majors, and to supervise the many students hired as teacher-assistants for the Center.