School of Education

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies.  We are the largest graduate department on the IPFW campus, featuring graduate programs in Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, and Special Education.  We have faculty with local, national, and international experience who are excited to work with students who want to develop and mature into competent and compassionate professionals in the field.

The Counselor Education program includes specializations in School Counseling and Couple and Family Counseling and prepares counselors to be highly effective professionals.  The program offers internships throughout the course of study in a variety of community and school settings. 

The Educational Leadership program prepares educators to be Indiana licensed building-level leaders that serve P-12 environments.  This program will be offered as a complete online program beginning in the fall of 2018. 

Our Special Education program currently offers flexible options of traditional, hybrid and selected online courses and in the near future, will move toward a complete online program.

Our current mission in the College of Education and Public Policy at IPFW is to promote the common good in the dynamic arenas of education and public policy.  Following this theme, the goal of the Department of Professional Studies is to Do Public Good while working with dynamic students and leaders that will serve the community while make a lasting difference in our constantly changing world.

If you would like to be a part of these dynamic programs and are interested in working with our highly qualified and experienced faculty, I challenge you to come join us.  Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions at 260-481-6861 or at


Joe D. Nichols, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Department of Professional Studies, IPFW