College of Education & Human Services

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Our Vision

“We are a dynamic and diverse community committed to fostering authentic and innovative educational, research, and service opportunities.” 

Our Mission

“Our mission is to educate and empower future practitioners and leaders.”

What We Do

The College's academic and service responsibilities encompass a multitude of areas. The seven academic units offer a total of 15 undergraduate majors; 15 graduate majors, including one doctoral degree; and 6 post-baccalaureate certificates. Five COEHS departments offer degrees at the WIU Quad Cities campus. All seven departments also focus on their service responsibilities to the university, community, region and state, as well as provide students with early and capstone experiences in their respective fields of study.

Educator Preparation

COEHS academic units prepare the majority of WIU undergraduate and graduate students seeking initial or advanced certifications in the education field. Additionally, offices overseeing teacher candidates' field and clinical (student teaching) experiences are located within the College. The Assistant Dean for Educator Preparation of the College leads the teacher education unit and chairs the University Committee for Education Preparation (UCEP). 

Smartboard TechnologyHuman Services Professionals

The COEHS Human Services departments prepare professionals for a variety of human service professions. Curriculum is continually assessed and revised based on occupational demand. Internships are a critical component of the human services programs, offering students professional experiences and employment opportunities, All of the Human Services degree programs promote leadership, innovation and self-discipline to help students succeed in their chosen careers.


A major focus in the College is the promise and possibilities of technology in teaching and learning. Faculty and students are provided access to technological infrastructure and necessary human support to use technology efficiently and creatively to further education and create learning communities. Resources within the College include 37 electronic classrooms, an Interactive Multimedia Lab fully equipped with technology for multimedia creation and editing, and a Technology Resource Center from which to borrow the latest technologies. Technology training workshops and one-on-one consultations are available to both faculty and students.

Horrabin Hall Map

Horrabin Hall Map

Core values

The College of Education and Human Services creates a stimulating, active, and engaged learning environment. The intent of the College is to support the values and mission of Western Illinois University by educating and preparing a diverse student population to thrive in and contribute to our global society. Find more about WIU's mission and core values at