Counselor Education


November 14, 2014

Dr. Leslie O’Ryan Appointed to World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities

lwo WIU-QC Counselor Education Professor Leslie W. O'Ryan, Ed.D., NCC, LCPC, and Management and Marketing Professor Kanu Priya have been appointed board members of the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.

The World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities is an all-volunteer organization. Its mission is to foster global education and international understanding within the Quad Cities area and beyond, providing local business and industry with information to forge ties with world counterparts, and to provide students of all ages with opportunities to experience diverse world cultures and customs. The Council's two-year goal is to create scholarships at both the high school and collegiate level.  WIU has recently become a collegiate sponsor of the council.

August 11, 2014

The Department of Counselor Education is now located at the 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL campus!  Our new offices and labs are wonderful and we're excited to share them with you!  If you are planning on visiting our new offices before the semester starts on August 25th, 2014, we would recommend first contacting the CNED office (309-762-1876) or the person you wanted to see.  There are still portions of the building and campus under construction and you may need instruction on the best way to access us.  Thank you!

July 23, 2014

The Department of Counselor Education will be moving from its current 3561 60th St. location during the week of July 28th, 2014.  We are very excited to move into our new home at the WIU - QC 3300 River Drive, Moline campus!  While our physical address will be changing, our Department phone number will remain the same (309-762-1876) as well as faculty/staff email addresses and office extensions. We apologize for any inconvenience during our actual moving days. Please be sure to check out our new CNED offices and counseling labs soon! Thank you!

June 15, 2014

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Beatrice L. Wehrly, Professor Emeritus. Bea was on the faculty in the Department of Counselor Education and served with distinction. Even after she retired, she kept in touch with the Department happenings. Bea was an exemplary colleague, mentor, and friend. She will be missed.


May 8, 2014

Congratulations to all of our students graduating on Sunday! See you at commencement!!!


March 24, 2014

Advanced registration for Summer/Fall 2014 begins April 1st! For details regarding registration dates and special instructions for clinical courses please see your listserv email with dates of March 14, 2014 and March 20, 2014. If you do not have an UP-TO-DATE Tentative Class Schedule on file please meet with your faculty advisor.


January 10, 2014

Welcome new and returning CNED students! As we begin the Spring 2014 term please keep in mind the following important dates:

     01/20              WIU is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
     02/12              WIU is closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday
     03/10              Applications for Spring Graduation are due to the School of Graduate Studies -
                           (we recommend that you submit yours by the end of February)    
     03/10-03/15     Spring Break!    
     05/05-05/10     Finals Week    
     05/11              QC Commencement!

Please also keep a close eye on your WIU e-mail account for an opportunity to provide valuable input into how CNED courses are offered in the not too distant future!

As always, keep in touch with your faculty advisor, make sure that you are following your tentative course schedule, and let us know how we can be of further assistance to you in your academic pursuits!  



November 29, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the PACERS Program has received additional support from AT&T to continue their intensive mentoring and academic program. PACERS is a joint effort between Dr. Holly Nikels and her team from the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University, the Rock Island School District, and community mentors. The goal of PACERS is help reduce the achievement gap by helping students find personal, social, and academic success throughout their entire High School career. We are very grateful to AT&T for their ongoing support of the PACERS Program.

AT&T Supports PACERS 11.29.2012




PACERS Program

Thanks to AT&T, Rock Island High School PACERS (Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success)- an intensive mentoring, academic, and volunteer-based program developed through school and community efforts and Western Illinois University- will benefit from a nearly $375,000 infusion to help at-risk ninth-grade students in the Rock Island School District. PACERS will receive the funds as part of a $48 million competitive grant process through AT&T's signature initiative Aspire, which addresses high school success and workforce readiness.

Dr. Holly Nikels authored the grant and is the coordinator for the program. PACERS was started to help at-risk freshman at Rock Island High School and has operated for four years through the volunteer efforts of a small group of individuals from the Rock Island community, RIHS, and WIU. "I am proud to say that every one of those students who started with PACERS can be accounted for today as having completed their high school education in some way. Some graduated from RIHS or other schools, some went on to Job Corps, and some obtained their GED certificates; they all succeeded."

The funding allows for the purchase of school supplies for each student, the addition of ten paid mentors to work with twenty students weekly at the high school, transportation to and from monthly community service projects, school/work site visits, and leadership training opportunities. It will also pay for two WIU graduate assistants, who are school counselors in training, and will work at RIHS for the next four years. Congratulations Dr. Nikels and Rock Island High School!

PACERS A T & T Grant

For more information - check out the PACERS website!



Change of Address

If you have a change of address, phone number (work, cell, home), or name, remember to let our office know! Please call the Department at 309-762-1876 or by email at It is important that we have correct contact information! Thank you! You must also inform the University of these changes via STARS.

CNED Listserv

This is the main means of communication of important information and updates that directly affect the CNED student. Messages are sent daily which can impact your progress in the Department. 
NOTE: This is a moderated listserv (for current students only) and all communications are approved prior to being published.

ECOM / WIU E-mail Account

This is the email account that ends in All WIU students have an ECOM e-mail available to them – but it must be activated by the student. Please follow the instructions on the GUAVA website to activate your account (Email Options - Guava Activation).

Your WIU e-mail account is the only way Western Illinois University and the Department of Counselor Education will contact you when communicating by e-mail. No personal e-mail accounts will be recognized. Thank you!