Curriculum and Instruction

Student Organizations/Activities

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.

Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) This group 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.

To join Best Buddies, please find us on the Purple Post: .

Candidates in the Special Education and Dual programs can participate in:

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - a group that allows candidates 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 Western Illinois Reading Council, the PreK-8 Science Update Conference, and many other workshops and presentations. 

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