Curriculum and Instruction

Student Organizations/Activitiesstudent orgs

All candidates can participate in professional groups such as:

Student Education Association is Western Illinois University's chapter of the Illinois Education Association - Student Program. Through this pre-professional program future teachers will have the opportunity to be active in our local community, gain professional development to improve teacher quality, and network with other future teachers at WIU and in other programs across the state. Contact Dr. Jones at or Dr. Eric Mansfield at for more information.  For more information on WIU SEA you may also click here or visit their Facebook page.

Society of Educators  is committed to giving pre-service teachers the information and experiences they need to be successful educators while also promoting and hosting events in the surrounding Western Illinois University-Quad Cities community.

Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education. Contact Dr. Abha Singh for more information.

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  WIU students will be matched in a 1:1 friendship with a member of the Macomb community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together we will do activities as a club, but members will also be able to experience a mutually enriching relationship with their buddies from the community.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is a group that allows Special Education majors to learn more about individuals with disabilities and to engage in activities to support them. To obtain more information contact Dr. Mary Jensen.  Candidates are involved in the Assistive Technology Conference, the Western Illinois Reading Council, the PreK-8 Science Update Conference, and many other workshops and presentations.   Click here for more information about the CEC.

Western Illinois Reading Council promotes reading through special programs and projects in the western section of the state.  Children’s authors, reading techniques and independent reading sources are the focus of the programs.  Student membership includes issues of the IL State Reading Council Reading Journal and the IL State Reading Council Communicator.

Association of Bilingual/Bicultural Education Students (ABBES) provides opportunities to participate in service
activities, field trips, and career-related outings.  Professional development activities and language fluency geared toward working in the bilingual/bicultural field are fostered by this service/social organization.  Newly enrolled students are paired with junior/senior mentors.  Mentors provide experience-based advice and language assistance in English or Spanish.

Other Student Organizations Further information about other student activities and organizations available to all Western students can be found at