Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

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Your potential. Our purpose.

Western Illinois University’s School of Education has a long-standing reputation of preparing students to be self-reflective lifelong learners, transformational leaders, and socially conscious teachers in an evolving global society.

Education majors start working with students as early as freshman year and have opportunities to teach between 180–280 hours as teaching assistants, classroom aides, and tutors prior to their semester-long student teaching experience. WIU’s professors and education centers provide students with courses that emphasize exploratory, experiential, student-focused teaching and learning experiences.

The WIU Curriculum Library offers educational teaching aids and tests that WIU students can use in their classrooms. It houses collections of approximately 37,000 volumes of books for children and young adults as well as a K–12 textbook series. Education students also use the WIU Infant and Preschool Center for observation and hands-on learning experiences with children.

Western Illinois University’s undergraduate Education programs prepare students to thrive in the field and inside the classroom. Bachelor’s degree programs offer training in diverse skill sets with flexible options for diversification and specialization, including:
● Bilingual/ESL Education
● Early Childhood Education
● Educational Studies
● Elementary Education
● Middle Level Education
● Special Education
● Special Education/Elementary Education (dual major) 

Additional Education majors at WIU include:
● Agriculture Education
● Art Education
● Biology Education
● Chemistry Education
● English Education
● French Education
● History Education
● Mathematics Education
● Music Education
● Physical Education
● Physics Education
● Spanish Education 

Through the academic and lived experiences of faculty and staff, WIU creates and connects students with unique learning opportunities, enabling them to map their own futures. Our students leave not only with a degree but with the confidence to take on the world.



Ranked among the "Best Regional Universities in the Midwest" for 16 consecutive years | U.S. News & World Report


Ranked among the "Best Midwestern Colleges" for 17 years | The Princeton Review


Named a "Military Friendly School" for 10 consecutive years | G.I. Jobs magazine


Ranked #1 among “Best Online Colleges Offering Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Degrees” | OnlineU.com

Quality & Affordability

Western Illinois University’s small class sizes allow us to create an active learning experience that's much more applicable to today’s world. We strive to remove any financial barriers students may face. As a result, our students gain opportunities that extend well beyond the boundaries of Macomb, the Quad Cities, and Illinois. These efforts include:
● $10 million in scholarships awarded annually
● Locked-in tuition, fees, and room and board rates for all four years
● No out-of-state tuition rate
● Daily round-trip train service to and from Chicago’s Union Station, Macomb, and Quincy

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “When looking at universities, I chose Western due to its financial compatibility. I received a lot of scholarships, and the locked-in tuition rate made all the difference.”

    • Kat Davis
  • “No matter where you come from, Western is the place for you. You will fit in and feel at home. There are so many clubs and organizations and ways to get involved.”

    • Erbin Zejnuloski
  • “When I came to Western, I liked how much diversity I saw. Western is a family. Everybody is close. The faculty and staff are helpful, and the students are a diverse population. Everybody can fit in.”

    • Tatum Butler-Hill
  • “After just one year at Western, it’s already been one of the best experiences of my life. I feel like I’ve found a place where I belong.”

    • Angel Perez