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 

Summer I:  May 16 - June 24

Summer II:  June 27 - August 5

Fall:  August 22 - Dec 18

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Student Success Stories

IPFW Top 50Four School Counseling Students win IPFW Top 50 award.

We are proud to announce the inaugural class of IPFW Top 50 students. These individuals are not only highly engaged on the IPFW campus in their academics and co-curricular activities, they also make significant impacts in their own communities. Congratulations to Alexander Harvey, Nicole Howard, Julie Stills, and Meg Underwood!

2016 Student Leader Award Winner: Nicole Howard (2nd Year School Counseling Student)  

Winner has made an impact on IPFW, shown support for IPFW students/organizations/others, exhibited IPFW pride, and demonstrated overall leadership during the academic year.

Nicole Howard was also awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Scholarship this year!

2016 Award for Commitment to Diversity: Meg Underwood (3rd year School Counseling Student)
Winner has made an impact on IPFW, shown a commitment to diversity of thought, helped build an atmosphere where a wide range of views, ideas, and beliefs can be freely shared and respected, and shown support for all members of the IPFW community during the academic year.

2016 Students’ Choice for Teaching Excellence: Dr. Kerrie Fineran (Counselor Ed. Faculty)
Winner has made him/herself available to students, engaged students, positively impacted his/her classes and students, and gone above and beyond the requirements of teaching to inspire students to excel during the academic year

Ju3MT award recipient Julie Stillslie Stills, Counselor Education graduate student, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) winner

Congratulations to Julie Stills for winning First Place in the 3MT Graduate Non-Thesis category and the People’s Choice category for her research/presentation on Impacting Academic Success with Peer Mentors.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. At IPFW both senior undergraduate students and graduate students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis or research topic and its significance. 

Meg Underwood, Counselor Education graduate student, wins Essay Competition

Congratulations to Meg Underwood (3rd year school counseling student) for being selected as a winner of the Ross Trust Future School Counselors Graduate Student Essay Competition. Meg’s essay was one of 181 submitted by ACA student members in this year’s competition. Meg will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016 ACA Conference, $250 in ACA professional products, and recognition at the ACA National Awards Ceremony.
Way to go, Meg! Click here to read her winning essay. 

Faculty News

2016 Friends of IPFW Outstanding Teacher Award20160414-Friends-Cho-JW-001

Jeong-il Cho, Associate Professor, Professional Studies (Special Education) is the 2016 recipient of the Friends of IPFW Outstanding Teacher award. Pat Becker of the Friends surprised Dr. Cho with a letter notifying her of the award during Dr. Cho's class last Thursday. She will receive a plaque and $1500 at Convocation in August. Pictured above from left to right are Amy Nitza, Chair, Professional Studies, Terri Swim, Chair, Educational Studies, Vicky Carwein, Chancellor, Dr. Cho, Pat Becker, Friends of IPFW, and Jim Burg, Dean, College of Education and Public Policy.

Reeta Peshawaria- Menon Fellowship 2016 Award: Rama Cousik

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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.