Department of Counselor Education
Our Mission Statement:
Our Vision Statement:
The Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities
will be the leader in educational quality, opportunity, and affordability among its peers.
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.
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.
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What our Graduates have to say!
“The Department of Counselor Education gave me the education and personal development that helped me to grow into a competent and confident counselor. I was able to follow my passion and learn the skills that allow me to successfully help the students I work with today.”
“The Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University has provided me with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill my dreams of becoming a counselor in order to help others. Dreams do come true!”