Celebrate 50 Years
School of Education

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies. The department is home for three of the graduate programs in the College of Education and Public Policy: Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, and Special Education.

All of our degrees focus on the development of scholar-practitioners, professionals who understand the theory, research, and best-practices that make a significant difference in the lives of clients, students, and schools. Throughout our programs you will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences; from traditional lectures to hybrid, to on-line learning, to applied activities through case studies to real-life experiences in practice and internships.

The faculty continue to innovate and find new teaching strategies and methods to assist you in becoming a highly-experienced, licensed professional. Our faculty are involved in a diverse array of research areas and service in the community.

The Counselor Education Program received the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Innovative Counselor Education Program Award for 2012. The faculty research areas include counselor preparation for working with individuals with substance and behavioral addictions; promotion of emotional health of elite athletes in dealing with pressures to perform and cultural and international applications of counseling interventions including group counseling and counseling with adolescents and families.

The Educational Leadership Program faculty have held positions in multiple areas of educational administration; including superintendent, chief academic officer, and principal. Their past administrative experiences are a great asset to the course content and research interest.

The Special Education faculty research areas include the impact of culture on the education of children with disabilities; teacher training on Assistive technology; bullying and students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders; collaboration of general and special education teachers and best practices for Teacher education.

All program faculty also serve our community in several areas including Autism Speaks, Healthy Marriages, and the IPFW Community Counseling Center.

Photo of Dept. Chair, Jane Leatherman

I encourage you to contact the faculty in the respective programs, not only for admissions information, but to get to know them as future mentors, all of whom bring real-world experience to the courses that they teach and their community engagement.

Graduates of our programs are in great demand; our graduates are in both practitioner and leadership positions across Northeast Indiana.

Jane M. Leatherman, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Professional Studies