College of Education & Human Services

College of Education and Human Services Majors

Climb the career ladder with a major in the College of Education and Human Services

Undergraduate

Graduate

  • Counselor Education - Counseling
  • Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies - Adult Education Track
  • Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies - General Education Track
  • Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies - Bilingual Education/ESL track
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Leadership - Education Specialist
  • Elementary Education
  • Health Education - Community Health
  • Health Education - School Health Education
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Instructional Design and Technology - Technology Specialist
  • Kinesiology
  • Law Enforcement & Justice Administration
  • Reading Specialist
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration
  • Special Education

Doctorate

  • Educational Leadership - Educational Doctorate

Elementary Education

Elementary EducationThe Elementary Education program, offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, prepares teachers to meet the highest standards in teaching. Elementary Education majors complete four literacy methods courses, two science methods courses, two social studies methods courses and two math methods courses. Completing this program enables candidates to teach in kindergarten through grade eight self-contained classrooms.
Candidates graduating with this major will find themselves as empowered teachers who, in turn, will empower all learners in their classrooms. Through coursework and a variety of teaching experiences, students are prepared to: know the content they teach and make the content meaningful for all students; and understand the unique needs and characteristics of individual learners. Candidates will also use research-based best practices and principles to promote growth and development of all learners, plan effective instruction, integrate technology in instruction, assess student learning, and create positive, safe learning communities.
Courses in the department are taught by full-time faculty who are committed to helping students develop into skilled, competent and creative teachers. Elementary Education majors receive a variety of field experiences through observations, tutoring, block teaching and student teaching. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has been recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood EducationThe Early Childhood Education program, offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, prepares teachers to meet the highest standards in teaching. Early Childhood Education majors take specific courses to prepare them to teach in preprimary and primary classrooms. Candidates completing the program are certified to work and teach in programs and classrooms for children from birth through third grade. Candidates completing all required coursework earn the Early Childhood Special Education Approval, which allows them to teach in early childhood special education non-categorical setting for children up to the age of 6.
Candidates graduating with this major will find themselves as empowered teachers who, in turn, will empower all learners in their classrooms. Through coursework and a variety of teaching experiences, students are prepared to: utilized their understanding of children’s characteristics and needs to create developmentally appropriate learning experiences; use a variety of assessment tools to document children’s learning; and employ practices that accommodate the needs of diverse groups of children. They also learn to work with parents and the community to foster learning; use technology to facilitate engagement in learning; and create supporting learning environments.
Courses in the department are taught by full-time faculty who are committed to helping students develop into skilled, competent and creative teachers. Early Childhood Education majors receive a variety of field experiences through observations, tutoring, block teaching and student teaching throughout their junior and senior years. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has been recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Elementary Education - Graduate Program

Elementary Education Graduate ProgramThe Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, administered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, keeps elementary teachers current with developments in the field as well as advances career options. The program enables graduate candidates to pursue an area of specialization in the areas of early childhood education, literacy education, mathematics, social studies, science or elementary curriculum. It is designed for individuals who have earned their teaching certificate, as it does not lead to teacher certification.
The degree requires 30 semester hours of coursework, including core components in the area of specialization, two electives, and a capstone experience. This program is unique in that is offered in the traditional weekly evening class format, but also on Saturdays. Courses are offered at the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Students also have the opportunity to take select courses on line as several required courses, courses in the elementary curriculum area of specialization, and elective courses are available online.
Courses in the department are taught by full-time faculty who are committed to helping candidates develop into skilled, competent and creative teachers. The Elementary Education Graduate Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and use national professional organization standards as the foundation for the curriculum.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Reading Specialist - Graduate Program

Reading SpecialistThe Reading Specialist Graduate Program is designed for teachers who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in delivering reading instruction to students in grades K-12. Graduates are positioned to be leaders in improving reading instruction in their respective school districts. Teacher applying for this program must hold an appropriate teaching certificate.
The degree program requires 33 hours of coursework and both a K-6 and 7-12 practicum are required. Completion of this program allows teachers to be eligible for a K-12 reading specialist endorsement in Iowa or Illinois. Courses are also available for teachers who are seeking the Illinois reading teacher or the Iowa reading endorsements. The majority of courses in the program are offered in a face-to-face format in three locations: Macomb, Springfield, or the Quad Cities.
Courses in the department are taught by full-time faculty who are committed to helping candidates develop into skilled, competent and creative teachers. The Reading Specialist Graduate Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and use national professional organization standards as the foundation for the curriculum.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Dietetics

DieteticsThe Dietetics program, offered as an option of the Family and Consumer Sciences major in the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality, offers an exciting curriculum and wealth of field experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions in the three areas of dietetics practice: clinical nutrition, foodservice systems management, and community nutrition. The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) provides quality education that prepares students with the technical, human and conceptual skills necessary to be competitive in the field. Students completing the program are granted a verification of completion that makes them eligible for application to an accredited dietetics internship. Completion of the required internship allows students to then sit for the national registry exam and receive the R.D. (registered dietician) credential.
Typical employment settings include hospitals, long-term care facilities, wellness programs, private practice, school and university food facilities, and governmental programs. Graduates are also employed in educational, management, planning and program leadership and development positions in retail stores and corporations, food corporations, wholesalers and other food vendors, as well as technology corporations.
One of the unique opportunities for students is through Western’s Bella Hurst Diabetic Institute. The institute was established at the University through grant funding. Students in the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality, as well as other departments and centers on campus, are able to conduct research on the prevention and control of diabetes and providing individualized treatment and education for diabetic students at WIU.
Courses in the program are taught by full-time faculty members many of whom are registered dieticians themselves. The Dietetics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association.


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Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality

Fashion Merchandising

The Fashion Merchandising option prepares students with the skills and knowledge for a broad range of careers in the fashion industry. The program is designed to educate students to apply retail, design and computer technology to marketing and management techniques in operating successful retail organizations, display/visual departments or mall corporate offices.
The curriculum has a strong foundation in retail customer service with knowledge and skills crucial to being a well-prepared store manager, display director, fashion show coordinator and fashion mall director. Because of the experiential nature of the curriculum, students are provided opportunities to develop leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, and creative skills and to become proficient with the use of technology. Students completing the Fashion Merchandising program are required to complete an industry-related internship program.
Field trips, guest speakers, student organizational activities, fashion productions and event planning, travel studies and study abroad programs enhance the comprehensive curriculum. Field experiences such as shadowing local retailers and/or supporting retailers and organizations with visual merchandising and promotional needs round out the variety of experiences fashion merchandising students receive at WIU.


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Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality

Hotel/Restaurant Management

The Hotel/Restaurant Management program, offered by the Department of Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality, helps students develop foundational knowledge and skills appropriate for the hospitality industry. In addition to the foundational knowledge and skills developed, students are provided numerous opportunities to focus on contemporary issues affecting the hospitality industry from strategic management and marketing perspectives.
Students are prepared to assume a variety of careers in management, marketing, catering, advertising and retail sales in hospitality. Possible job titles include: front desk/office manager; catering manager; convention and meeting coordinator; food purchasing agent; hotel marketing director; concierge; and menu planner.
The curriculum allows students to develop leadership skills, problem solving abilities, critical thinking, and to engage in day-to-day activities associated with management of a hospitality entity. Opportunities to participate in domestic and international study tours, advisory council seminars, local, state, and national professional meetings, and to complete an internship program exist for all students.


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Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising and Hospitality

Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Bilingual EducationQualified bilingual/Education as a Second Language (ESL) teachers are in high demand throughout the state and the nation. Established in 1973, WIU’s Bilingual/Bicultural Education program, administered by the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, prepares students to meet Illinois requirements for certification as bilingual teachers. Students are trained in a Standards-based program designed to prepare them to teach children in the 21st century. Completing the program also completes all requirements to qualify for elementary certification.
Because teachers cannot be prepared in all languages, a related area of the program is English as a Second Language (ESL). Students are trained in special teaching strategies designed to include speakers of other first languages in meaningful learning experiences. The department provides an established teacher preparation program designed to suit the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students. Students will be granted approval for ESL endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education.
To obtain bilingual/bicultural certification and the ESL endorsement, students combine coursework with practical clinical experiences prior to student teaching assignments. To increase Spanish language literacy and cultural experiences, students are required to spend a semester abroad, preferably in a Spanish language country. Students are taught by faculty members that possess a wide variety of areas of expertise. Faculty members reflect the diversity of ideology and ethnic background of the students they serve.
Careers are not limited to Illinois alone. Many students make use of the reciprocity of their certification to teach in other states.


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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Emergency Management

The Department of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management on the Macomb campus. The program is threefold: students are educated regarding disaster response or emergency management coordination; students learn how to prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural and technological disasters and bioterrorism situations; and the program helps develop effective networking/communicating skills for addressing different natural and technological disasters.
Career options for graduates in the emergency management field are diverse. Opportunities have arisen in the pubic sector such as local, state, or federal government; volunteer organizations, international organizations, humanitarian or relief agencies, business and industry, and consulting. Graduates will respond in disasters and coordinate emergency management activities. They prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural disasters, technological disasters, and bioterrorism situations.
WIU Health Sciences faculty holds advanced degrees from universities across the U.S. This faculty has expertise in emergency preparedness, bioterrorism, environmental health, risk assessment, needs assessment and other areas. Efforts are made to provide a faculty mentor who matches each student’s interests. Students have collaborated with faculty in research studies involving such areas as disaster planning for the homeless and the impact of bullying in primary and secondary schools.


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Health Sciences

Instructional Methods and Training

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offer a Bachelor degree in IDT with an option of Instructional Methods and Training. The main focus of this option is corporate and face-to-face training. The field of instructional technology is constantly growing and changing. As this change occurs, a need arises for practitioners to specialize into well-recognizable sub-fields.
The IDT curriculum contains basic core courses that lay a foundation in designing advanced technology applications. It then allows students the flexibility to further his or her career objectives and special interests by choosing a variety of directed elective courses. The option of Instructional Methods and Training is focused around hands-on experiences. High-end applications and software are integrated into the curriculum to assist students in developing professional quality multimedia and web-based projects. Internships and independent studies provide valuable work experiences and opportunities for students to explore some of the careers available to graduates of the program.
Graduates from the Instructional Methods and Training option of IDT can expect job titles such as training project coordinator, learning and development specialist, training specialist, or project manager. The department of IDT offers a job fair exclusively for its students every year. Students are taught by knowledgeable, professional faculty that is committed to providing students with the best education available. Faculty has extensive experience in their fields and enjoys national and international reputations for their contributions.


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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

Instructional Simulation and Games

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offer a Bachelor degree in IDT with an option of Instructional Simulation and Games. The main focus of this option is creating and developing instructional games, simulation, and virtual reality. The field of instructional technology is constantly growing and changing. As this change occurs, a need arises for practitioners to specialize into well-recognizable sub-fields.
The IDT curriculum contains basic core courses that lay a foundation in designing advanced technology applications. It then allows students the flexibility to further his or her career objectives and special interests by choosing a variety of directed elective courses. The option of Instructional Simulation and Games is focused around hands-on experiences. High-end applications and software are integrated into the curriculum to assist students in developing professional quality multimedia and web-based projects. Internships and independent studies provide valuable work experiences and opportunities for students to explore some of the careers available to graduates of the program.
Graduates from the Instructional Simulation and Games option of IDT can expect job titles such as simulation developer, game tester, game developer, and educational simulation and gaming specialist. The department of IDT offers a job fair exclusively for its students every year. Students are taught by knowledgeable, professional faculty that is committed to providing students with the best education available. Faculty has extensive experience in their fields and enjoys national and international reputations for their contributions.


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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

Instructional Multimedia and Web-Based Development

The Department of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) offers a Bachelor degree in IDT with an option of Instructional Multimedia and Web-Based Development. The main focus of this option is computer-based and web-based training. The field of instructional technology is constantly growing and changing. As this change occurs, a need arises for practitioners to specialize into well-recognizable sub-fields.
The IDT curriculum contains basic core courses that lay a foundation in designing advanced technology applications. It then allows students the flexibility to further his or her career objectives and special interests by choosing a variety of directed elective courses. The option of Instructional Multimedia and Web-Based Development is focused around hands-on experiences. High-end applications and software are integrated into the curriculum to assist students in developing professional quality multimedia and web-based projects. Internships and independent studies provide valuable work experiences and opportunities for students to explore some of the careers available to graduates of the program.
Graduates from the Instructional Multimedia and Web-Based Development option of IDT can expect job titles such as web content manager, web designer/developer, Flash developer, or multimedia specialist. The department of IDT offers a job fair exclusively for its students every year. Students are taught by knowledgeable, professional faculty that are committed to providing students with the best education available. Faculty have extensive experience in their fields and enjoy national and international reputations for their contributions.


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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

Instructional Design and Technology - Graduate program

The graduate program in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) is a practical and comprehensive degree that focuses specifically on the needs of educators. The IDT program prepares students to use technology as a way to enhance learner motivation and interest, to achieve educational objectives and to increase students own productivity. The degree is designed to prepare technology specialists, graphic designers, education technologists, and trainers in industry or business, and classroom teachers to develop, produce and evaluate instructional and training materials.
The program’s focus to provide students with knowledge and skills in the area of distance learning applications in training and education; multimedia applications; course work and training program development; systematic instructional design and evaluation of instruction and training; instructional software development utilization; and technology integration in the K-12 classroom. Graduates of the IDT graduate program can expect to enter or continue careers in interactive multimedia, computer-based graphics, and distance learning. They may also be hired to integrate technology in their classrooms or school and for professional development of educators. Students are taught by knowledgeable, professional faculty that are committed to providing students with the best education available. Most IDT faculty members have either taught or served in public schools or have worked in professional training and instructional product or development settings. Faculty have extensive experience in their fields and enjoy national and international reputations for their contributions.


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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

Instructional Design and Technology – Technology Specialist

The Instructional Design and Technology Master of Science with a Technology Specialist emphasis opens up new or expanded career opportunities for educators by preparing graduates to provide leadership in the area of technology in K-12 classrooms and schools. Graduates with the Technology Specialist emphasis will be able to effectively facilitate the integration of technology in their own classrooms for teaching and learning. They may also choose to become technology specialists working with educators at a building level. Certified teachers graduating from the program may apply for an Illinois Type 10 Technology Specialist certificate.
The program aims to provide graduates with skills such as, using instructional methods and strategies to support content learning through technology; teach technology concepts and skills related to learning technologies and technological literacy; provide curriculum support and integration of technology across subject and content areas; provide technology support, mentoring and professional development opportunities to educators; and much more.
The program consists of 11 semester hours of core coursework, 15 semester hours of technology specialists emphasis electives, and between 6 and 9 semester hours of coursework or research plan hours, depending on the option the student chooses. This program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for meeting the Technology Specialist standards.


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Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)

Athletic Training

Athletic TrainingWestern Illinois University's Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP), administered by the Department of Kinesiology, strives to provide athletic training students with premier academic, clinical, and hands-on experiences within the field of athletic training. Through research, instruction, application, and feedback in the prevention, recognition, evaluation and rehabilitation of the physically active, the ATEP prepares students for success on the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification examination while building qualified entry-level professionals who are characterized by their commitment to the profession, leadership in the community, and life-long learning.
Athletic Training student receive special opportunities within the program and the Department of Kinesiology. They are offered small classes with accessible faculty in Brophy Hall, a modern and well-maintained facility. Several laboratory facilities provide opportunities for students to apply information presented in class to real-world situations. The Human Performance, Biomechanics, Perceptual Motor, Pedagogy, and Athletic Training Rehabilitation Labs contain state-of-the-art equipment.
Athletic Training students are encouraged to make the most of their college experience by joining the Athletic Training Student Association. Following graduation, students are eligible for national certification; graduate assistantships; or employment with high schools, universities, professional athletic teams, sports medicine clinics, corporate health programs, industrial healthcare programs and hospitals.
Courses taught as part of ATEP are delivered by faculty members who hold degrees earned from universities across the United States. There are seven faculty members are Certified Athletic Trainers, three of whom hold full faculty positions. The Department of Athletics provides ten Certified Athletic Trainers to oversee 20 intercollegiate athletic teams and to supervise student clinical experiences. The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Completion of this program of study qualifies students to fulfill requirements to sit for the Board of Certification (BOC) examination to become entry-level Certified Athletic Trainers.


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Kinesiology

Exercise Science

Kinesiology is the study and practice of the art and science of human movement. It is concerned with how and why humans move; the physiological, sociological, and psychological consequences of movement; and the skills and motor patterns of the movement repertoire.
Through the program students learn efficient motor skills for everyday living and apply these skills in a variety of activities. The study of kinesiology will encourage the appreciate of an active and healthy lifestyle. All students in Exercise Science program will complete coursework in anatomy and physiology, motor behavior, sport and exercise psychology, physiology of exercise and biomechanics. They will also complete courses in physical wellness, fitness for the older adult, stress management, and leadership of aerobic exercise, exercise stress testing, programming and personal training. An internship is required as well as a minor. Students can also complete a block of classes in the area of strength training.
Exercise Science students are encouraged to become members of the Exercise Science Student Association (ESSA). Following graduation, students have found successful careers in corporate, public, and private health and fitness professions; education; research; strength and conditioning; cardiac rehabilitation; and personal training. Many graduates go on to complete certification requirements through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Aerobics and Fitness Trainer’s Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Weightlifting.
Courses taught as part of the Exercise Science program are delivered by faculty members who hold degrees earned from universities across the United States and some hold certifications offered through the American College of Sports medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Small classes with accessible faculty in Brophy Hall, a modern and well-maintained facility, are benefits of the program. Several laboratory facilities provide opportunities for students to apply information presented in class to real-world situations. The Human Performance, Biomechanics, Perceptual Motor, Pedagogy, and Athletic Training Rehabilitation Labs contain state-of-the-art equipment. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Bella Hurst Institute for the study of the effect of Type I diabetes on college students.


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Kinesiology

Social Work

Social WorkThe Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor degree that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is the beginning level professional degree. Graduates of the program will be well-grounded in the knowledge, values, and skills of the generalist social work method and may be licensed as professional social workers. Social work is committed to the enhancement of human well-being and the alleviation of poverty and oppression through the promotion, restoration, maintenance, and enhancement of optimal functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and societies. A guiding value of the profession is social justice.
Graduates of the Social Work program, which leads to state licensure after three years of supervised social work practice, have found rewarding practice in child welfare, healthcare, mental health, domestic violence and geriatric settings. Many graduates work in schools, local and state governments, correctional settings, family service agencies, and residential facilities. Many also go on to complete their MSW degrees at universities across the country.
The department offers small classes with accessible faculty, personalized professional advising and opportunities to attend professional meetings and activities with faculty. The faculty hold terminal practice (MSW) degree and/or doctoral degrees and have social work practical experience. This experience enhances their teaching as they draw on personal experiences to demonstrate the application of knowledge, values and skills of generalist social work.


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Social Work

Special Education - Learning Behavior Specialist - K-12 Certification

Special EducationThe Special Education program, as part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, seeks to train quality teachers to teach across special needs categories in order to meet the individual education needs of students with disabilities. This program is designed for individuals wanting to teach special education in Illinois. Successful completion of the program qualifies an individual to teach in a variety of settings at the K-12 levels. Areas covered include: Learning Disabilities, Social/Emotional Disorders (Behavior Disorders), Mental Disabilities, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Disabilities, and other health impairments across all levels of severity.
The program is standards based meaning that in addition to Special Education coursework, students will also take coursework in technology, literacy, and elementary methods. Students will complete field experiences in public schools throughout their program and have the opportunity to choose one of their field experiences to enhance their understanding of working with a specific age or ability grouping. Student teaching consists of two eight-week placements in both elementary and secondary settings.
Special Education faculty hold advanced degrees from notable universities across the United States. They are also experienced preschool to 12th grade classroom teachers. This practical experience enhances their teachings as they draw on their personal understanding of classrooms and student interactions.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Special Education – Dual Certification in Special Education and Elementary Education

Special EducationThe Special Education program, as part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, seeks to train quality teachers to teach across special needs categories in order to meet the individual education needs of students with disabilities. The dual certification program for Special Education majors prepares students to be certified in two areas, special education and elementary education, but is not a dual major program. This program is designed for individuals wanting to teacher either special education or elementary education in Illinois schools. Successful completion of the program qualifies an individual to teach in a variety of settings at the K-12 levels. Areas covered include: Learning Disabilities, Social/Emotional Disorders (Behavior Disorders), Mental Disabilities, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Physical Disabilities, and other health impairments across all levels of severity. The dual certification program also qualifies individuals to teach in self-contained kindergarten through 9th –grade classrooms. With additional coursework, graduates may earn endorsements in specific content areas and teach in departmentalized 5th-through 8th-grade classrooms.
The program is standards based meaning that in addition to Special Education coursework, students will also take coursework in technology, literacy, and elementary methods. Students will complete field experiences in public schools throughout their program and have the opportunity to choose one of their field experiences to enhance their understanding of working with a specific age or ability grouping. Student teaching consists of two eight-week placements in both elementary and secondary settings.
Special Education and Elementary Education faculty hold advanced degrees from notable universities across the United States. They are also experienced preschool to 12th grade classroom teachers. This practical experience enhances their teachings as they draw on their personal understanding of classrooms and student interactions.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Special Education - Graduate Program

Special EducationThe Special Education program provides comprehensive graduate programs for students desiring professional careers in special education. Students completing their master’s degrees usually assume positions as classroom, consultant, or inclusion teachers of children and adolescents with varying disabilities in schools, clinics, and residential facilities. The Special Education graduate program provides opportunities for two groups of students: (1) those with general education certification who wish to also earn special education certification and (2) those with special education certification who wish to increase their skills through advanced study. The program integrates the needs of Illinois and Iowa certification requirements in order to serve students from both sides of the river in the Quad Cities. Degree candidates must complete an action research project that demonstrates their ability to impact their classroom or their school.
Special Education faculty hold advanced degrees from notable universities across the United States. They are all experienced special education classroom teachers as well. They engage in a wide variety of scholarly activities that enhance their teaching: collaboration with local education agencies; research; professional presentations; publishing in special education and general education journals, along with authorship of books and book chapters; and grant writing/project management. Several have won teaching, technology, and/or research awards.


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Curriculum and Instruction

College Student Personnel

The College Student Personnel (CSP) program offered by the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies, aims to produce outstanding entry-level student affairs practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning and development of students. The CSP program has a theory-to-practice orientation that includes coursework in student development theory, group dynamics, and philosophy of higher education, organization and administration of student affairs, multicultural issues, counseling theory and techniques, and research methods.
The cohort style program offers small class sizes and assistantships in over 17 offices on the WIU campus. Students are mentored by practicing professionals while on campus and have access to a strong network of dedicated and involved alumni. Assistantships, internships and practical opportunities are varied and diverse. Students also have the opportunity to learn from award-winning faculty, professional student affairs staff and their own peers.
Following graduation, student affairs professionals enjoy work in a variety of settings such as residence life, student activities, Greek affairs, admissions, academic advising, orientation, and multicultural student programs. WIU’s CSP program boasts high placement rates and provides quality preparation for immediate employment as well as a solid background for those interested in future doctoral degrees in college student personnel of higher education. The CSP program meets the standards established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards for student services and developmental programs.


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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies - Adult Education Track

The Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) graduate program with the adult education track includes courses in the Philosophy of Education, Adult Education and the Culturally Diverse, Advanced Measurement and Evaluation, and Learning Through Adulthood. Students must complete core courses, the adult education track courses, and a culminating experience or portfolio. Degrees can be completed on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Students who complete a degree in EIS are afforded a variety of professional development related opportunities. The EIS master’s degree affords students a solid grounding in current thinking in education as well as the flexibility to focus on different content areas. In the data-driven environment of today’s educational system, the research and statistical skills acquired in the program are particularly attractive. Other students pursue career opportunities related to adult education in community or community college settings. Still others pursue options in the bilingual and ESL arena. Lastly, a number of EIS students have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees at various institutions.
The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of scholar-practitioners representing several core disciplines, including educational psychology, social cultural studies, philosophical/historical studies, and college student personnel. Faculty members utilize their distinctive disciplinary orientations and accompanying methodologies to collectively address pressing educational, intellectual, and social concerns. It is the union of an unusually diverse faculty and an uncommon approach to inquiry that makes the department and its degree options interdisciplinary. Distinctive to the program is the emphasis placed on training students to engage in careful, multifaceted analysis of problems and issues related to education at all levels. The program is also unique in its emphasis on training graduate students in the areas of research, statistics, and data- driven decision-making.


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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies – General Education Track

Courses in the general education track of the Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies graduate degree include Philosophy of Education, Social Change and the Multicultural Aspects of Schooling, Advanced Measurement and Evaluation, and the choice of Advanced Educational Psychology or Human Development Throughout the Lifespan. Students must complete core courses, the general education track courses, and a culminating experience or portfolio. Degrees can be completed on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Students who complete a degree in EIS are afforded a variety of professional development related opportunities. The EIS master’s degree affords students a solid grounding in current thinking in education as well as the flexibility to focus on different content areas. In the data-driven environment of today’s educational system, the research and statistical skills acquired in the program are particularly attractive. Other students pursue career opportunities related to adult education in community or community college settings. Still others pursue options in the bilingual and ESL arena. Lastly, a number of EIS students have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees at various institutions.
The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of scholar-practitioners representing several core disciplines, including educational psychology, social cultural studies, philosophical/historical studies, and college student personnel. Faculty members utilize their distinctive disciplinary orientations and accompanying methodologies to collectively address pressing educational, intellectual, and social concerns. It is the union of an unusually diverse faculty and an uncommon approach to inquiry that makes the department and its degree options interdisciplinary. Distinctive to the program is the emphasis placed on training students to engage in careful, multifaceted analysis of problems and issues related to education at all levels. The program is also unique in its emphasis on training graduate students in the areas of research, statistics, and data- driven decision making.


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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies – Bilingual Education/ESL track

The Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) graduate program with the bilingual education/ESL track, includes courses in the Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Population, Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom, Assessment of Bilingual/ESL students and the choice of Advanced Educational Psychology, Learning Through Adulthood, or Human Development Throughout the Lifespan. Students must complete core courses, the bilingual education/ESL track courses, and a culminating experience or portfolio. Degrees can be completed on both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses.
Students who complete a degree in EIS are afforded a variety of professional development related opportunities. The EIS master’s degree affords students a solid grounding in current thinking in education as well as the flexibility to focus on different content areas. In the data-driven environment of today’s educational system, the research and statistical skills acquired in the program are particularly attractive. Other students pursue career opportunities related to adult education in community or community college settings. Still others pursue options in the bilingual and ESL arena. Lastly, a number of EIS students have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees at various institutions.
The Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of scholar-practitioners representing several core disciplines, including educational psychology, social cultural studies, philosophical/historical studies, and college student personnel. Faculty members utilize their distinctive disciplinary orientations and accompanying methodologies to collectively address pressing educational, intellectual, and social concerns. It is the union of an unusually diverse faculty and an uncommon approach to inquiry that makes the department and its degree options interdisciplinary. Distinctive to the program is the emphasis placed on training students to engage in careful, multifaceted analysis of problems and issues related to education at all levels. The program is also unique in its emphasis on training graduate students in the areas of research, statistics, and data- driven decision making.


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Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a comprehensive graduate academic program in which a student may earn a Master of Science in Education (MS Ed.), which concentrates on the general background and skills needed for entry into positions of educational leadership, especially the principal ship.
The mission of the Department is to prepare transformational leaders who cultivate exemplary learning organizations. The program requires a minimum of 38 semester hours. Successful completion of the program allows the student to also earn certification in K-12 administration (Type 75).
The educational leadership program at Western Illinois University offers degree and certificate programs through the Weekend Academy format. In this format, classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays, three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses.
The Department of Educational Leadership faculty holds doctoral degrees from some of the finest universities in the United States. Their professional experience includes service as principals, business managers, curriculum directors, and district superintendents.


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Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership – Education Specialist

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a comprehensive graduate academic program in which a student may earn an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, which builds upon the general background and skills needed for entry into positions of educational leadership. The Ed.S. expands the base and adds elements that contribute to continued professional growth and those required, specifically, to qualify for the position of superintendent of schools.
The mission of the Department is to prepare transformational leaders who cultivate exemplary learning organizations. The program requires a minimum of 35 semester hours. Successful completion of the program allows the student to also earn certification in K-12 administration (Type 75S).
The educational leadership program at Western Illinois University offers degree and certificate programs through the Weekend Academy format. In this format, classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays, three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses.
The Department of Educational Leadership faculty holds doctoral degrees from some of the finest universities in the United States. Their professional experience includes service as principals, business managers, curriculum directors, and district superintendents.


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Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership – Educational Doctorate

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a comprehensive graduate academic program in which a student may earn a Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) degree develops instructional leaders who enable educational institutions, regardless of the obstacles, to exceed the No Child Left Behind annual progress requirements. This goal is achieved by means of a collaborative, inquiry-based learning structure that unites a group of practicing professionals to explore how theory, research, applied technology, and heightened political understanding serve to resolve the issues educational leaders regularly face.
The mission of the Department is to prepare transformational leaders who cultivate exemplary learning organizations. The Ed.D. degree will provide current administrators with the leadership skills necessary to tangibly address the rapidly changing educational landscape and distinctive characteristics of P-12 public education in Western’s service area. Using a mid-career focus, the program will prepare principals, central office administrators, and superintendents who have or are eligible for superintendent certification for evolving levels of school leadership.
This doctoral program offers a unique opportunity to conduct case study research in high-performing, high poverty schools to learn how faculty and school leaders organize and deliver instruction, create a positive climate and culture, and generate positive student achievement results. Following this experience, students assume the role of consultant to schools that have academic challenges.
The educational leadership program at Western Illinois University offers degree and certificate programs through the Weekend Academy format. In this format, classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays, three weekends a semester. Courses are offered at both the Macomb and the Moline campuses.
The Department of Educational Leadership faculty holds doctoral degrees from some of the finest universities in the United States. Their professional experience includes service as principals, business managers, curriculum directors, and district superintendents.


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Educational Leadership

Sport Management

Sports ManagementThe Department of Kinesiology offers the Master of Science degree in Sport Management. This program was established in 1972 and is one of the oldest Sport Management programs in the United States. The broad mission of the degree program is to assist students in developing conceptual and theoretical understandings and in obtaining the knowledge and skills, which will prepare them as researchers/scholars, practitioners, managers, or administrators in their respective interest areas.
A Master of Science degree in Sport Management can lead to a wide variety of professional career choices in the sports industry. Sport Management graduates pursue careers in school, college, or university settings; amateur or professional sports; and private or public sport businesses.
Courses are taught by faculty members who hold degrees earned from universities from across the United States and who are actively engaged in scholarship activities such as writing books and book chapters, conducting research, and making presentations at professional conferences.


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Kinesiology

Community Health – Health Education - Graduate Program

Health Education is an interdisciplinary field aimed at promoting health and preventing disease, disability, and premature death through education-driven behavior change activities designed for individuals, groups, and communities. The MS in Health Education curriculum is based upon the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) standards for the Preparation of Graduate-Level Health Educators. Graduates are competent to assess individual and community needs for health education; plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs; conduct evaluation and research related to health education; administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs; serve as a health education resource person; and communicate and advocate for health and health education.
The capstone internship experience allows students to experientially apply their academic training in various health agencies, institutions, organizations, businesses, and industries at local, regional, national, and international sites. Students have previously interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; American Red Cross; Illinois Hospital Association; Genesis Medical Center; Friendship Manor; Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia; Peace Corps; John Deere Health; and the American Heart Association.
Health educators are employed as directors and leaders in a variety of settings. These include college and university health centers, hospitals and clinical care settings, nonprofit agencies (e.g., American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Hospice, American Diabetes Association), local and state departments of public health, disaster and emergency services agencies, government programs and agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control), business and industry, and schools.
The Community Health emphasis is offered at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Departmental faculty members have served in leadership positions in such organizations as the American Public Health Association, the American School Health Association, and Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Health Education, National Safety Council, and the Illinois Sex Education Task Force. This wide variety of professional preparation and strong commitment to serving students enables the department to provide a rich breadth of courses and research opportunities leading to the comprehensive and thorough training of its graduates. By taking courses at Western Illinois University, students are able to complete courses in a traditional classroom setting, online, or via distance education.


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Health Science

Health Education - School Health Education - Graduate Program

Health Education is an interdisciplinary field aimed at promoting health and preventing disease, disability, and premature death through education-driven behavior change activities designed for individuals, groups, and communities. The MS in Health Education curriculum is based upon the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) standards for the Preparation of Graduate-Level Health Educators. Graduates are competent to assess individual and community needs for health education; plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs; conduct evaluation and research related to health education; administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs; serve as a health education resource person; and communicate and advocate for health and health education.
The capstone internship experience allows students to experientially apply their academic training in various health agencies, institutions, organizations, businesses, and industries at local, regional, national, and international sites. Students have previously interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; American Red Cross; Illinois Hospital Association; Genesis Medical Center; Friendship Manor; Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia; Peace Corps; John Deere Health; and the American Heart Association.
Health educators are employed as directors and leaders in a variety of settings. These include college and university health centers, hospitals and clinical care settings, nonprofit agencies (e.g., American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Hospice, American Diabetes Association), local and state departments of public health, disaster and emergency services agencies, government programs and agencies (e.g., Centers for Disease Control), business and industry, and schools.
The Community Health emphasis is offered at both the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. Departmental faculty members have served in leadership positions in such organizations as the American Public Health Association, the American School Health Association, and Society for Public Health Education, American Association for Health Education, National Safety Council, and the Illinois Sex Education Task Force. This wide variety of professional preparation and strong commitment to serving students enables the department to provide a rich breadth of courses and research opportunities leading to the comprehensive and thorough training of its graduates. By taking courses at Western Illinois University, students are able to complete courses in a traditional classroom setting, online, or via distance education.


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Health Science

Health Sciences - Community Health Education

Community health educators are professionally prepared in the disciplines of community and public health education. They demonstrate competence in planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promoting and health enhancing programs for individuals, groups, and communities.
WIU’s Health Sciences Community Health Education graduates are prepared in the disciplines of community and public health education and are extremely marketable. They have been successful in gaining employment in positions focused on planning, implementation, and evaluation of health-promoting and health-enhancing programs for individuals, groups, and communities. They work in business and industry; healthcare facilities; community organizations; and local, state, and federal governmental agencies.
Department of Health Sciences courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees from distinguished universities across the United States such as Southern Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, University of Toledo, Oregon State University, Indiana University, University of Arkansas, and University of New Mexico. All are dedicated educators, skilled in fostering active student participation. They are also active scholars and have to their credit books, chapters in books, articles, and scholarly presentations at professional conferences.
Health Sciences - Environmental and Occupational Safety (undergraduate program)
Environmental and occupational safety professionals are concerned with the relationships between the characteristics of the natural environmental (air, water, soil, chemicals, etc.) and mental and physical health. This information is used to establish limits on pollutants that the environment can absorb without detrimental effects, to develop control technology, and to implement controls as necessary for the benefit of human and animal populations.
WIU’s Health Sciences Environmental and Occupational Safety graduates are prepared to address a variety of issues related to health and the environment, including water quality, food safety, air quality and pollution control, solid and toxic waste disposal, and public policy. They have been successful in gaining employment in local, state, and federal environmental agencies; business and industry; and environmental consulting agencies.
Department of Health Sciences courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees from distinguished universities across the United States such as Southern Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, University of Toledo, Oregon State University, Indiana University, University of Arkansas, and University of New Mexico. All are dedicated educators, skilled in fostering active student participation. They are also active scholars and have to their credit books, chapters in books, articles, and scholarly presentations at professional conferences.


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Health Science

Health Sciences  - Environmental and Occupational Safety

Environmental and occupational safety professionals are concerned with the relationships between the characteristics of the natural environmental (air, water, soil, chemicals, etc.) and mental and physical health. This information is used to establish limits on pollutants that the environment can absorb without detrimental effects, to develop control technology, and to implement controls as necessary for the benefit of human and animal populations.
WIU’s Health Sciences Environmental and Occupational Safety graduates are prepared to address a variety of issues related to health and the environment, including water quality, food safety, air quality and pollution control, solid and toxic waste disposal, and public policy. They have been successful in gaining employment in local, state, and federal environmental agencies; business and industry; and environmental consulting agencies.
Department of Health Sciences courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees from distinguished universities across the United States such as Southern Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, University of Toledo, Oregon State University, Indiana University, University of Arkansas, and University of New Mexico. All are dedicated educators, skilled in fostering active student participation. They are also active scholars and have to their credit books, chapters in books, articles, and scholarly presentations at professional conferences.


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Health Services Management

The undergraduate Health Services Management degree, administered by the Department of Health Sciences prepares students for the following career opportunities: long-term care administration, private sector, and public health administration. Long-term care administration includes a wide spectrum of health care delivery involving the complete continuum of chronic care management and administration including: nursing home, rehabilitation, senior care, palliative care, specialized long-term chronic care, and mental health. The private sector includes many different types of primary care delivery management and administration. Careers in this track will focus on primary health care delivery in settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, physician practice management, managed care, health insurance, and pharmaceutical sales. The public sector includes all areas of public health management and administration. Career opportunities include public health departments at the local, state, and federal levels; health agencies focused on risk populations such as senior care and Medicaid populations; and environmental health and/or community health agencies.
Department of Health Sciences courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees from distinguished universities across the United States such as Southern Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, University of Toledo, Oregon State University, Indiana University, University of Arkansas, and University of New Mexico. All are dedicated educators, skilled in fostering active student participation. They are also active scholars and have to their credit books, chapters in books, articles, and scholarly presentations at professional conferences.


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Health Science

Physical Education Teacher Education

Physical education teacher education (PETE) is the study and practice of the art and science of teaching movement. The WIU PETE program is focused on developing teacher expertise based upon knowledge of the scientific disciplines related to movement, the skills and motor patterns of many physical activities, strategic implementation of pedagogical techniques, and data based reflection and self-evaluation of teaching opportunities. 

A focus of the WIU PETE program is to instruct pre-service teachers using cutting edge information of the disciplines, physical activities, and methods of teaching physical education so that graduates can make an immediate impact on their students. Pre-service teachers in this program are instructed to put curriculum and learning theory into practice to facilitate success as a physical educator for years to come in any school context. In particular, pre-service teachers will have many opportunities to “learn by doing”. Pre-service teachers spend many hours in the field teaching elementary, middle, and high school physical education classes prior to their student teaching experience.
After graduation, students who meet mandated competencies are qualified to apply for teacher certification to teach physical education in grades K-12 upon successful completion of Illinois certification exams in their chosen subject content, general skills, and professional teaching competencies. Students are also qualified to seek employment in coaching in public and private schools and in outside agencies such as the YMCA.


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Kinesiology

Kinesiology - Graduate degree

The Department of Kinesiology offers the Master of Science degree in Kinesiology. The broad mission of the degree program is to assist students in developing conceptual and theoretical understandings and to obtain knowledge and skills, which will prepare them as research/scholars, practitioners, or administrators in their respective areas. Within the Kinesiology program, students may select to pursue in-depth study in the following areas: Exercise Science; Wellness Promotion and Fitness Management; Pedagogy (including adapted physical education); Sport and Exercise Psychology.
A Master of Science degree in Kinesiology can lead to a wide variety of career choices such as cardiac rehabilitation; corporate, public, and private health and fitness training; university or public school teaching/coaching; research; adapted physical education; strength and conditioning; personal training; and sport psychology. Many graduates complete certification requirements through the American College of Sports Medicine, National Aerobics and Fitness Trainer's Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and USA Weightlifting.
The department offers small classes with accessible faculty. The Department of Kinesiology has a modern complex of three electronic classrooms; wireless network; pedagogy laboratory with wireless microphones, B.E.S.T. software, and Palm Pilots for handheld assessments; biomechanics laboratory with Peak Motus 8.2 two-dimensional video analysis system, AMTI force platform, and 8-channel Myo Pac Junior EMG; perceptual and motor behavior laboratory with a BIOPAC system that records ECG, EMG, and EEG;
A computer laboratory that features the A.D.A.M. software; and a human performance laboratory that includes a Biodex isokinetic measurement system, environmental chamber, Bod Pod, hydrostatic weighing tank, metabolic and 12-lead ECG systems, Cholestech lipid and blood glucose analysis equipment, and microplate reader and washer. Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, together with faculty from the Departments of Health Sciences and Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality, are members of the Bella Hearst Institute for the study of the effect of Type 1 diabetes on college students.


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Airport Security

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Students have found positions in airport security. Security officials enforce agreements and procedures in areas such as security, parking, ground transportation, air cargo operations, and the airport shuttle bus, and performs related clerical work in support of these activities.
The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA)

Border Patrol Agent

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Border patrol agents, who are federal law enforcement officers, make sure that laws are observed when goods or people enter the United States. They work at ports of entry and all along the border to prevent smuggling and the entrance of illegal aliens.
One of their chief duties is covert surveillance along the border, using electronic sensors, infrared scopes, low-light television systems, and aircraft. They also conduct traffic and transportation checks at ports of entry; arrest aliens who live in this country illegally; and make suggestions to the courts about immigration matters, including applications for citizenship.
The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Correctional Officer

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Correctional officers guard inmates inside and outside local, state, and federal prisons. They counsel individuals and groups on prison rules and listen to their complaints and needs.
Inside prisons, they escort inmates from their cells to dining rooms, classrooms, hospitals, chapels, and work areas. They stand guard over recreational activities, watching for possible disturbances. Sometimes they search prisoners for forbidden articles. Officers also patrol buildings and grounds, checking locks, windows, bars, and gates to see that they cannot be used by prisoners to escape.
Other officers escort inmates outside prison boundaries, taking them to jobs in the community or on court-ordered trips. They bring back escapees and those who have violated parole. Correctional officers may watch over people who have been arrested and are waiting to stand trial. They are trained in the use of guns, handcuffs, and other restraint equipment.
The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Customs Agent

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Customs workers enforce the laws governing the import and export of goods. Most of these laws are designed to protect citizens' health and to raise revenues for the federal government. Some tariff laws protect selected businesses from foreign competition. Occasionally, under congressional order, customs workers enforce boycotts of certain nations' goods for political reasons.
Customs workers often specialize. Inspectors, for instance, look for banned or taxable items in tourists' belongings and in the cargo of ships and planes. For example, they check baggage to see whether travelers are smuggling narcotics. They also make sure that tourists declare the true value of goods they are bringing into the country and collect taxes, or duties, when the value of the goods exceeds certain limits.
Import specialists classify goods that companies plan to sell in the United States, issue customs documents, and decide how much duty importers must pay. Because a wide variety of merchandise crosses U.S. borders, import specialists often become expert in one or two fields of goods, such as antiques or machinery. Customs agents are investigators who search for evidence of suspected violations of the law.
Students benefit from the vast knowledge and field experiences the faculty bring to the classroom. The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Police Officer

LEJAWestern Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Police officers protect the lives and property of citizens. They maintain order, catch lawbreakers, and work to prevent crimes. In small towns they perform many duties. Larger cities have a more structured division of responsibility. Police officers may patrol the streets on foot or in squad cars; control traffic; or work as detectives investigating crimes. At the police station officers may be assigned to work in the crime laboratory or the records department. All officers file reports of incidents, and many testify at trials and hearings.
Students benefit from the vast knowledge and field experiences the faculty bring to the classroom. The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Private Security

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Security guards protect people and property from robberies, fires, and other damage. They work in banks, museums, nightclubs, government offices, stores, factories, and office buildings. They are employed by the companies they protect, by building management companies, and by private agencies that provide security services.
The duties of security guards vary according to the size of the building they guard, the number of guards who share the work, and the kind of security system used. In large operations guards generally work under security directors, while in smaller establishments they may work alone. Guards patrol buildings and grounds on foot, in cars, or on motor scooters. They may work with trained dogs that alert them to intruders.
Guards check windows, lights, doors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler and alarm systems. Sometimes they answer telephones at night, run elevators, control who enters buildings, and check packages of those entering and leaving to prevent theft.
Students benefit from the vast knowledge and field experiences the faculty bring to the classroom. The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Probation Officer

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Probation officers monitor offenders who get sentences of supervision—known as probation—instead of or in addition to jail time. They meet with offenders regularly to check their activities and to evaluate their progress. They make regular reports to the courts about the offenders' behavior. Sometimes they may arrange substance-abuse rehabilitation or job training for their clients. Officers generally work in the adult, juvenile, or family divisions of probation departments. Some officers work for state or county courts; others work in the probation office of the U.S. District Court.
Students benefit from the vast knowledge and field experiences the faculty bring to the classroom. The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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Transportation Security Administration

Western Illinois University’s program in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) is designed to provide professional abilities, knowledge, and understanding, as well as an educational base for advancement into supervisory and administrative positions. Students will also gain an understanding of the philosophical and historical development of the profession. Combined with an internship, our interdisciplinary curriculum offers an education that is flexible and practical.
Transportation security personnel protect the nation's transportation systems. They look for bombs at checkpoints in airports, inspect rail cars, patrol subways, and work to make all modes of transportation safe.
Students benefit from the vast knowledge and field experiences the faculty bring to the classroom. The faculty in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration hold doctoral and law degrees from distinguished universities across the United States and elsewhere such as the Universities of California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Surry, England. All are dedicated educators and active scholars. LEJA also has four dedicated academic advisers.


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