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Cindy Berger, MS student in Special Education, won 3rd place for graduate submissions at the IPFW Research Symposium on March 23rd.  Congratulations Cindy we are very proud of you and your work!

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Pictured; 1) Cindy explaining her research to the judges, 2) Cindy with Dr. Leatherman (chair of thesis committee); 3) Cindy with Dr. Leatherman and Dr. Cousik.

Department of Professional Studies


Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies. We are the largest graduate department on campus, featuring graduate programs in Counselor Education, Educational Leadership, and Special Education. Our department is home to a dedicated group of faculty members who prioritize the development of competent and compassionate professionals. 

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Our counseling program offers specializations in Couple and Family Counseling and School Counseling. We prepare counselors to be highly effective professionals who can meet the needs of clients and students in a variety of settings.  Our interdisciplinary faculty are leaders in their fields at the state, national, and international levels. 

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Highly-effective educational leaders are essential for high-performance learning environments.  Our leadership program prepares educators to be Indiana licensed building-level leaders that can meet the complex demands of the modern principalship and transform learning environments for P-12 teachers, students, and the communities they serve. 

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Our special education program offers flexible options of traditional, hybrid, and select online courses coordinated with local school schedules. Our courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty with collectively over 30 years of P-12 teaching and current K-12 special education teachers who bring a variety of teaching styles and approaches to the classroom with the goal to develop a community of compassionate teachers.

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Summer II:  June 25-August 3

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