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. 

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.

Educational Leadership

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IPFW Educational Leadership graduates are Competent, Caring and Courageous. Join Them!


Special Education 

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Earn a master's or certificate.

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Spring 2017: Jan 9 - May 7

Summer I 2017: May 15 - Jun 23

Summer II 2017: Jun 26 - Aug 4

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Classroom and Leadership Essentials
March 20th
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Beyond Assessment for Learning: Assessment That Improves Learning
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Grading & Reporting Student Learning: Effective Policies and Practices
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Congratulations to Brittany Neireiter, a Counselor Education student, who was awarded the Womack Scholarship at this year's ISCA conference! This is the second year in a row that the winners have come from IPFW! Way to go, Brittany!