Teaching Our Next Generation (Grades 9-12)


Western Illinois University opened as the Western Illinois State Normal School in 1899. In 1921, the name was changed to the Western Illinois State Teachers College and finally to Western Illinois University in 1957. What better place to learn what it takes to be a teacher than from those who have been in the business of doing so for over 100 years?! NEW for the summer of 2020, spend a week of campus with faculty of early childhood, elementary and secondary education fields. Learning how to teach our next generation! 

Location  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday beginning at 8:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates   July 19-23, 2020

Sebastian Szyjka - Associate Professor of Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program Coordinator and WIU Science Education Center Director 

Rebekah Buchanan - Associate Professor of English Education, Basic Writing and Professional Writing Courses, Leader of the Harry Potter Study Abroad Course, Fulbright Roving Scholar and Co-Director of the Expanding Cultural Diverstiy Project 

Andrea Hyde - Associate Professor of Educational Studies

Melissa Stinnett - Professor of  Reading in Curriuculum and Instruction, Supervises block teachers in schools

Jim Olson - Professor of Mathematics, more info...

Gloria Delany-Barmann - Professor & Coordinator of Bilingual/ESL Education, more info...

James Rabchuk - Professor of Physics, Quad Cities Honors Coordinator, Asst. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences - Quad Cities 

Check back for additional instructor updates! 

Participation Criteria

7 of 10 spots available

Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early.



Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $300 commuter and $450 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Cost Commuter Cost: $300
Residential Cost: $450
Register before April 3, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two weeks prior to the start of camp. 




Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911