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College of Education and Public Policy

Department of Professional Studies


Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies. We have four graduate programs in our department. Our School Counseling program received national recognition for its innovative program. If you are thinking about our Special Education program, the classes are small with great face to face conversations taught by professors with collectively over 30 years K-12 teaching experience. Educational leadership is a swiftly changing field and the IPFW Educational Leadership program is very flexible to meet your unique career needs -- call us!

Couple & Family Counseling

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All classes offered late afternoon or evening.


School Counseling

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Learn how you can be a school counselor.

Special Education - Mild Intervention

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Earn a master's or certificate.

Educational Leadership

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IPFW Educational Leadership graduates are Competent, Caring and Courageous. Join Them!

Special Education - Intense Intervention

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Only 12 credits to earn certificate!

News & Events

A2015 Association for Specialists in Group Work Fellow: Amy Nitza

ASGW Board recently voted unanimously to honor Amy Nitza as the 2015 Association for Specialist in Group Work Fellow! Her exemplary leadership and service to the organization in conjunction with her outstanding contributions to the field of group work in both research and practice have clearly positioned her among the best in the profession.

As part of the recognition as 2015 ASGW Fellow, a special session will be held at American Counseling Association ( ACA) for her to share a presentation, scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 2pm (immediately following the ASGW luncheon).

Save the Date

Fall 2014

Aug. 25:  Classes Begin
Dec. 15-21:  Final Exams

Winter Inter-Session

Dec. 22:  Classes Begin
Jan. 11:  Last Day of Classes

Spring 2015

Jan. 12:  Classes Begin
May 4-10:  Final Exams

Alumni Feature

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Erin Baumgartner received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education in 2005 and her M.S.Ed. in Special Education in 2011.  She teaches Psychology and Sociology at North Side High School in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Her Psychology course is an IPFW Collegiate Connection class.  She loves teaching!

Student Success Story

People's Choice Poster - IAMFT Fall Conference 2014

Congratulations to Kristine Sy Myahla, Olivia Ohneck, and Catanna Roberson from the Counselor Education Program for winning the People’s Choice Award for Best Poster at the Indiana Association of Marriage & Family Therapy Fall 2014 Conference held in Indianapolis on Oct 3 & 4, 2014.

Counselor Education Honor Society Award 2014

Congratulations to the counselor education honor society, Chi Eta Sigma, for winning the Building Block Award for best new student organization at the 2014 Student Achievement Awards.