College of Education and Public Policy

Department of Professional Studies


Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies. We have four graduate programs in our department. Our School Counseling program received national recognition for its innovative program. If you are thinking about our Special Education program, the classes are small with great face to face conversations taught by professors with collectively over 30 years K-12 teaching experience. Educational leadership is a swiftly changing field and the IPFW Educational Leadership program is very flexible to meet your unique career needs -- call us!


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!

Honor Society Newsletter

Photo of the Chi Eta Sigma Honor Society LogoGreat things are happening in IPFW's Counselor Education Honors Society.  Learn more through the Chi Eta Sigma newsletter!


Save the Date 

Fall 2015

August 24:  Classes Begin
Dec 14-20:  Final Exams


Spring 2016

Jan 11:  Classes Begin
May 2-8: Final Exams

Student Success Story

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 two awards!

Kate Jones 2015 Focus Award Recipient

IPFW 2015 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium:

Kate Jones won the Graduate Division of the 2015 Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium. Kate presented her final thesis on Services for Students with Disabilities at the University Level.  Dr. Jeong-il Cho is her faculty thesis advisor.

Purdue University's 2015 Focus Award:

As an undergraduate student at IPFW, Jones worked as an intern in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities to support students with disabilities on campus. As a graduate student, Jones recently completed a survey study of IPFW students with disabilities to investigate what they know about self-advocacy, self-determination strategies, laws, and campus and local resources that are essential for ensuring a successful college experience and graduation. Based on her own experiences as a student with a hearing impairment and the results of the survey, Jones is developing a handbook for beginning college students with disabilities. Jones's hard work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's Outstanding Future Teacher Award.

News & Events

Dr. Amy Nitza, Counselor Education Program Director2015 Association for Specialists in Group Work Fellow: Amy Nitza

ASGW Board recently voted unanimously to honor Amy Nitza as the 2015 Association for Specialist in Group Work Fellow! Her exemplary leadership and service to the organization in conjunction with her outstanding contributions to the field of group work in both research and practice have clearly positioned her among the best in the profession.

As part of the recognition as 2015 ASGW Fellow, a special session will be held at American Counseling Association ( ACA) for her to share a presentation, scheduled for Friday, March 13, at 2pm.