professional development

Professional Development

The Office of Study Abroad and Outreach of Western Illinois University can provide professional development through workshops, certifications/licensures/endorsements, educational institutes, conferences, etc. These programs help professionals gain occupational training that increase their value to their institution.

No matter what your professional background, if you or your employees are in need of professional development, please contact our office at  309-298-1911 to see what Western Illinois University can offer you. 

Current Programs

eslESL(English as a Second Language) Endorsement

For the first time, the University is offering teacher cohorts in the Quad Cities, offering an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement and cohorts, exclusively for early childhood teachers. Persons seeking English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement through the  State of Illinois must hold a valid professional Illinois teaching license.    The Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, in    partnership with Moline-Coal Valley School District and Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, is currently offering an endorsement program in Moline, Illinois. 

A total of 18 semester hours of course work distributed among the following course areas is required:

  • Linguistics
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
  • Methods and Materials for teaching ESL
  • Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Student

ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours of three months teaching experience with ESL students must be documented. 

For full program information, visit the School of Education ESL Endorsement site

The training cohorts include teachers from:

Rock Island Regional Office of Education (ROE)  

Moline-Coal Valley School District 

Monmouth-Roseville CUSD #238


superitendent licensure Superintendent Licensure

This program provides Type 75S superintendent's licensure through Western Illinois University  must complete a licensure program including the following: 36 semester hours of course work,  EDL 655 (Internship), and a minimum of two years of administrative experience requiring a Type  75 Administrative License or its equivalent. The Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, in  partnership with Mundelein High School District 120, is currently offering a licensure program in Grayslake, Illinois.

For full program information, visit the School of Education's Superintendent Licensure website.


Juvenile Justice Ceritificationjuvenile justice certification

Juvenile Officers Training Classes provide law enforcement officers with a basic knowledge of the Juvenile Court Act in order to better enable them to protect the rights of youth in Illinois. Participants must be Illinois state, county, or municipal law enforcement officers. This program will provide skills and techniques in handling juvenile problems in our society and training in dealing with various juvenile situations. Participants will take a detailed look at the updated Juvenile Court Act and its impact in the field; along with such timely topics as juvenile gangs, substance abuse, alternatives to detention, abuse, neglect, exploitation, teenage suicide, criminal sexual assault and more. Take home training materials useful during juvenile investigations, interventions and detention will be provided.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?    Full time officers or officers who are working part-time but have attended the basic recruit 400 hour training course. This course is Board certified and meets the Juvenile Officer’s training requirement (Public Act 88-7, effective date June 24, 1998) as stated in the Juvenile Court Act. Class size limit 30.