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.
All classes offered late afternoon or evening.
Learn how you can be a school counselor.
Earn a master's or certificate.
Spring classes begin: January 11
Summer I: May 16 - June 24
Summer II: June 27 - August 5
Great things are happening in IPFW's Counselor Education Honors Society. Learn more through the Chi Eta Sigma newsletter!
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.
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.
Catanna Roberson, a second year Couple and Family Counseling student, received the Commitment to Diversity Award.
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!
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.
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.