School of Professional Studies

Dean: Lynne W. Clark, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant: Susan Donnelly

White Hall 123, Midtown Campus
(203) 837-8576
(203) 837-8526 (fax)

Assistant Dean:  Maryann Rossi, Ph.D.

White Hall 003

(203) 837-8951/8575

(203) 837-8526 (fax)


Education & Educational Psychology
Chair: Kathryn Campbell, Ph.D.
WS 250, Westside Classroom Building
(203) 837-8574
(203) 837-8413 (fax)

Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences
Chair: Jody Rajcula, M.S.
Berkshire 230A, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8688
(203) 837-8638 (fax)

Chair: Barbara Piscopo, Ed.D.
White Hall 107e, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8557
203) 837-8550 (fax)

Social Work
Chair: Robert Veneziano, Ph.D.
White Hall 101A, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8678
203) 837-8945 (fax)

Mission and Objectives

The School of Professional Studies will be recognized for its unique and dynamic educational, applied research, and community service components, and will be the principal center for public sector higher education in the professional studies of teacher education, music performance, health and human services for the western region of Connecticut. To achieve this mission, the School of Professional Studies and its academic departments with their degree and related programs will:

  • Provide excellence and access to undergraduate and graduate education in teacher preparation, music, and health and human service that is built on a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and that values open communication, creative and critical inquiry, the expansion of evidence-based experiential learning practice and the role of technology in professional practice and teaching;
  • Serve students who reflect the full diversity of the western region of Connecticut, and who will upon graduation serve professionally as culturally competent advocates, active in the provision of professional services to the broad spectrum of the population in the western region of Connecticut;
  • Contribute to the quality and scope of liberal arts and sciences education at WCSU by offering courses appropriate for all students as well as through interdisciplinary, collaborative educational efforts with other units within the university;
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge of the teaching, music, health and human service professions through the research and scholarly activities by the faculty, and introduce students to research methods and practice;
  • Contribute to the enrichment and leadership of the professional communities, and serve the professional and lay communities in a variety of ways including partnerships in the development of effective teaching, health and human service policies, research, community assessment and development;
  • Respond to the institutional and regional community with regard to cultural, teaching, health and human welfare needs;
  • Commit to the challenge of life-long learning in response to changes in the teaching, music, health care and human service professions by offering continuing education for alumni, practicing professionals and the lay community.

Degree and Related Programs

Today, the School of Professional Studies offers the following undergraduate professional degrees and programs in teacher preparation, music, health and human service areas.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

BS Elementary Education (K-6)
American Studies
English-Writing Option
Political Science
Social Sciences

BS Secondary Education (7-12)
Earth Science
English-Writing Option
Social Sciences

BS Health Education (PK-12)

BS Health Promotion Studies


Community Health

Wellness Management

BS Nursing

BS Nursing–Registered Nursing Program


BA Social Work


Please refer to the department area in this catalog for specific admission procedures and requirements, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (203) 837-9000.

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