College of Education and Public Policy

Department of Professional Studies

Professional Studies Department Faculty


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. We apply best practices to create significant differences in the lives of clients, students, and school communities.  We are committed to principles of multiculturalism, social justice, and common good. We believe in a collegial learning environment based on respect and shared responsibilities for student success.

Our Counselor Education 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.

Highly-effective educational leaders are essential for high-performance learning environments.  Our Educational 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. 

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.


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 

Spring classes begin:  January 11 

Summer I:  May 16 - June 24

Summer II:  June 27 - August 5

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Counselor Education Newsletter

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Student Success Stories

2015 Student Achievement Celebration Award Recipients

Congratulations to Catanna Roberson and Cassie Wolfe, two Counselor Education students,  honored at the 2015 Student Achievement Celebration. This is an annual event held to recognize the success of our student leaders, academic excellence, and devoted staff and faculty.  

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Catanna Roberson, a second year Couple and Family Counseling student, received the Commitment to Diversity Award.

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Cassie Wolfe, a graduating School Counseling student, received the Audrey Moore Excellence in Leadership Award.

Kate Jones, graduate student in IPFW's Special Education Program, wins several awards!

Kate Jones 2015 Focus Award Recipient

Jones's hard work has been recognized with multiple awards, including: the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Outstanding Future Teacher Award;  the 2015 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium (Graduate Division) for her final thesis on Services for Students with Disabilities at the University Level; and Purdue University's 2015 Focus Award for developing a handbook for beginning college students with disabilities.



Faculty News

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Reeta Peshawaria- Menon Fellowship 2016 Award: Rama Cousik

The India Vision Foundation, New Delhi instituted the REETA PESHAWARIA FELLOWSHIP AWARD to celebrate excellence in the areas dear to Reeta. In this third year, the proposal on EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP was rated of exceptional merit to offer the Award to Paresh Mishra, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Rama Cousik, Assistant Professor of Special Education.