Feb 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Professional Studies

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Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4123

Dr. Terri Swim~ Interim Dean
Dr. J. Wiley Sirk ~ Associate Dean


The College of Professional Studies (CPS) has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

The CPS is composed of a School of Education and three departments: Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Services, and Public Policy. The vision of the members of the CPS is to promote doing public good through teaching, research, and engagement on a diverse array of public policy and public sector issues.  As a unit, we are collectively committed to the following values: 

Civic-mindedness:  Students gain and apply knowledge to prepare themselves for a lifetime of effective citizenship in a modern democracy.  Academic programs in the College are designed to build the capacity and commitment of students to participate in diverse communities in order to address common challenges.

Social Change:  Students are encouraged to seek positive social change through processes of discourse, consciousness-raising, advocacy, and socially just practices.  The College members are dedicated to the realization of a diverse, inclusive, equitable society that values the worth of all humans, and strives to empower students to become agents for positive change in their personal and professional lives.

Community Collaboration and Service:  Students learn to value and respect the knowledge and expertise that exists within local, regional, and global communities, and are urged to engage diverse perspectives and experiences in forging practical and innovative solutions.  The College members support collaborative University-community partnerships built on responsiveness and reciprocity, and work to advance and disseminate new knowledge and best practices through research and creative endeavors.

To support this mission, the faculty of the college of Professional Studies subscribe to the highest academic, research, and ethical standards for themselves and their students. When possible, we seek national accreditation for each discipline specific accrediting agencies.  Our education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In addition, individual content-area programs are nationally recognized for being high quality.  Please see individual programs for specific recognition.

Academic Renewal Option

The College of Professional Studies participates in the Academic Renewal Option for eligible students returning to PFW after an absence of five or more years.  See an advisor in the College of Professional Studies advising office for details.

Academic Programs

School of Education


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle School Generalist
  • Secondary Education


  • Mild Intervention (Special Education)

The School of Education programs have earned professional accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management


Hospitality Management with concentrations in:

  • Hotel and Resort Management
  • Restaurant Management
  • Tourism and Destination Management

Department of Human Services


  • Human Services


  • Human Services


  • Administration
  • Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Diversity
  • Family
  • Health
  • Human Behavior
  • Justice
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Substance Abuse

Department of Public Policy


  • Public Affairs


  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Affairs


  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare Management

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