Celebrate 50 Years
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!

Save the Date

Summer 2014

Session II classes begin: June 30
Session II classes end: Aug 8

Fall 2014
Registration begins: March 31
Fall classes begin: August 25


Faculty Feature

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I like being a professor in CEPP because it allows me to seamlessly weave teaching, research and community service together. Importantly, as a special education professor at IPFW, I have great opportunities to demonstrate my commitment to improve the educational outcomes of children with special needs and support their families.

Rama Cousik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Special Education

Student Success Story

Counselor Education Honor Society Award 2014

Congratulations to the Counselor Education honor society, Chi Eta Sigma, for winning the best new student organization (the building block award) at the 2014 Student Achievement Awards. 

Additional congratulations to the many College of Education & Public Policy nominations in the following categories:

Student Organization of the Year
Student Organization officer of the year
Student Leader of the Year
Graduate Student Employee of the Year
Award for Services to Students
Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Students Choice for Teaching Excellence

ASGW book publication - Counselor Education 2014

Kerrie Fineran, assistant professor of education, Ben Houltberg, assistant professor of education, and Amy Nitza, associate professor of education, partnered with graduate students Jackie McCoy and Sarah Roberts in editing the book, Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Group Activities: Volume II. In the same book, two second year school counseling students, Stephanie Lew and Katie Lopolito-Meyer, published a chapter on counseling children with parents deployed in the military. 

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Heather Palmer, Special Education graduate student, participated in the 2013 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Poster Symposium. Her research project was titled "How to use music therapy to promote communication skills with individuals with autism". Jane Leatherman, Ph.D., Acting Chair Professional Studies, was Heather's faculty sponsor.