College of Education & Human Services

Counseling Programs at WIU

Counselor Education Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)

Our Mission Statement:

"Counselors teaching counselors: knowledge, development, inspiration, and transformation."

Our Vision Statement:

The Counselor Education programs at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among its peers.

What our students have to say!

Jessica Ramos

Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CNED Graduate Programs

“WIU is like a second home to me. I completed my undergraduate degree in Macomb and when I chose to pursue my graduate degree, WIU-QC was the perfect choice for me. I love that the QC campus accommodates working adults and students with families. It's like a commuter campus with so many students coming from all over the QC and surrounding areas. I love being a part of the Counselor Education program. I feel so supported by all of our faculty. I have grown so much in my journey to becoming a counselor and I attribute a lot of that to the excellent education I've received at WIU. My involvement in student organizations like Counseling Association, Chi Sigma Iota and the COEHS Student Advisory Board have enhanced my education and helped me to develop leadership skills that I will need after graduation. My time spent at WIU will always be time that I look back on fondly.”

Why choose Counselor Education at WIU?

Counselor Education may be for you if you value serving others, enjoy working with others and being part of a team, have a sense of empathy, are kind, generous, warm, and friendly, and are a good listener. We offer a unique blend of courses designed to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent counseling professional. Emphasis is on solid academic performance and experiential mastery. The Counseling Programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The School Counseling option is also accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Our Program Objectives:  

School Counseling Program

Students preparing to work as school counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to promote academic, career, and personal/social development of all K-12 students.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Students preparing to work as clinical mental health counselors will demonstrate the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide variety of circumstances within the clinical mental health counseling context.

Methods of Instruction

The Department of Counselor Education offers both didactic and clinical curricular experiences. Courses are offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities. Instructional methods include, but are not limited to lecture, case studies, discussion forums, role-plays, and the use of audio/visual media.

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