Counselor Education

Dr. Matt Beck    

    Matthew J. Beck Ph.D., L.C.P.C., NCC, ACS
    Assistant Professor
    Office: 2413
    Office Phone:   309-762-3999   ext. 62221

       Spring 2019 Office Hours:  Mondays: 2pm - 3:30pm
                                               Tuesdays: 2pm - 3:30pm
                                               Wednesdays: 10am - 11am

Dr. Matthew J. Beck joined Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in August 2015 as a Clinical Faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and advanced to Assistant Professor in August of 2017. Dr. Beck received his Bachelor of Music degree in Education from The University of Iowa and Master of Education in School Counseling from Western Illinois University. He earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Counselor Education with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Iowa. Prior to coming to WIU, Dr. Beck worked in public education for 12 years as a teacher and professional school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school settings in Illinois. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois, an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and holds licensure as a K-12 teacher and professional school counselor in Illinois.

Dr. Beck has taught 11 different courses in the Counseling area at WIU and recently led the restructuring of the school counseling program to meet the 2016 standards set forth by CACREP. His research interests are informed by his school counselor practice, which encompass how school counselors, administrators and schools can provide an optimal school climate that fosters academic, career and social/emotional success of LGBTQ students. Specific areas of interest include: school counselor advocacy, LGBTQ youth education, and the partnerships among school counselors and administrators on LGBTQ issues. Dr. Beck’s commitment to social justice issues and educational equity is evident through his publications and presentations at the international, national, state, regional and local levels. With regard to service, Dr. Beck demonstrates a commitment to the WIU and local community as well as the state of Illinois and Iowa. He enjoys exercising, traveling to Florida, and spending time with friends, family, and his husband Scott.