College of Education and Public Policy

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. 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 

Nov. 12th, 7 pm-8:30 pm  Crucial Conversation:  Getting and Keeping the Best Teachers. Sponsored by the IPFW College of Education and Public Policy. Hosted by the Educational Leadership Program. The evening will include a moderated panel and table discussions.  Members of the community are invited. (Walb International North Ballroom)

Counselor Education 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!



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.



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.