Counselor Education


November 11th 2015

The Department of Counselor Education will hold its fall 2015 New Student Orientation for those students who have recently been accepted into the program.  Students will meet for an informative presentation on the CNED Student Handbook to learn more about the Department, take a tour of the CNED area and counseling labs.  Following the Orientation, students are invited to attend a reception where they can enjoy refreshments and meet some of their fellow students in the program.  Congratulations to our newly accepted students and welcome to Counselor Education!  

June 9th 2015

Students from Dr. Alexander-Albritton's recent Adventure Based Counseling class having a bonding experience! This is from course CN433





May 19th 2015

Over the weekend, the CNED graduating class of 2015 came together for a party at the River House in Moline, Illinois. Many students and faculty attended to celebrate, share stories, have snacks, and cake! (other students and faculty who attended may not be in the picture below)

School Counselor Graduates

(From left to right: Aaron, Melanie, Natasha, Lauren, Emily, Kassidy, Missy, Sarah, and Olivia)

CNED 2015 cake


Graduate owl cupcakes!

March 17, 2015

From Dr. Alexander-Albritton: Dear CNED Students-Congratulations to you!!! You won!!

Dr. Alexander-Albritton received word from Tyler M. Kimbel, Ph.D., Director of Research and Information Services - Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) via email (in part below) that WIU's group submitted the winning video in the 2015 Video Contest during Advocacy Week!

From Dr. Kimbel: In following up with Advocacy Week, CACREP is excited to announce the winner of the 2015 Video Contest that took place during Advocacy Week. We received about twice as many video submissions this year, utilizing a wide range of creative approaches to develop informational videos about individual counseling programs and what makes counseling different than other helping professions. As a result, we have posted the top 5 videos to CACREP.

The winning video "CACREP & WIU are Right for U!" was submitted by Mary Hogg and Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton from Western Illinois University Quad Cities.
Here's a direct link to the winning video!:

November 14, 2014

Dr. Leslie O’Ryan Appointed to World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities

lwo WIU-QC Counselor Education Professor Leslie W. O'Ryan, Ed.D., NCC, LCPC, and Management and Marketing Professor Kanu Priya have been appointed board members of the World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities.

The World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities is an all-volunteer organization. Its mission is to foster global education and international understanding within the Quad Cities area and beyond, providing local business and industry with information to forge ties with world counterparts, and to provide students of all ages with opportunities to experience diverse world cultures and customs. The Council's two-year goal is to create scholarships at both the high school and collegiate level.  WIU has recently become a collegiate sponsor of the council.

August 11, 2014

The Department of Counselor Education is now located at the WIU-QC Riverfront Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL in the QC Complex - 2nd floor.  Our new offices and labs are wonderful and we're excited to share them with you!  

PACERS Program

Thanks to AT&T, Rock Island High School PACERS (Positive Achievement and Creativity Equals Righteous Success)- an intensive mentoring, academic, and volunteer-based program developed through school and community efforts and Western Illinois University- will benefit from a nearly $375,000 infusion to help at-risk ninth-grade students in the Rock Island School District. PACERS will receive the funds as part of a $48 million competitive grant process through AT&T's signature initiative Aspire, which addresses high school success and workforce readiness.

Dr. Holly Nikels authored the grant and is the coordinator for the program. PACERS was started to help at-risk freshman at Rock Island High School and has operated for four years through the volunteer efforts of a small group of individuals from the Rock Island community, RIHS, and WIU. "I am proud to say that every one of those students who started with PACERS can be accounted for today as having completed their high school education in some way. Some graduated from RIHS or other schools, some went on to Job Corps, and some obtained their GED certificates; they all succeeded."

The funding allows for the purchase of school supplies for each student, the addition of ten paid mentors to work with twenty students weekly at the high school, transportation to and from monthly community service projects, school/work site visits, and leadership training opportunities. It will also pay for two WIU graduate assistants, who are school counselors in training, and will work at RIHS for the next four years. Congratulations Dr. Nikels and Rock Island High School!

PACERS A T & T Grant

For more information - check out the PACERS website!



Change of Address

If you have a change of address, phone number (work, cell, home), or name, remember to let our office know! Please call the Department at 309-762-1876 or by email at It is important that we have correct contact information! Thank you! You must also inform the University of these changes via STARS.

CNED Listserv

This is the main means of communication of important information and updates that directly affect the CNED student. Messages are sent daily which can impact your progress in the Department. 
NOTE: This is a moderated listserv (for current students only) and all communications are approved prior to being published.

ECOM / WIU E-mail Account

This is the email account that ends in All WIU students have an ECOM e-mail available to them – but it must be activated by the student. Please follow the instructions on the GUAVA website to activate your account (Email Options - Guava Activation).

Your WIU e-mail account is the only way Western Illinois University and the Department of Counselor Education will contact you when communicating by e-mail. No personal e-mail accounts will be recognized. Thank you!