School of Professional studies        

Jess House, Dean, White Hall 003c
Phone: (203) 837-9500
Maryann Rossi, Assistant Dean, White Hall 123 Phone: (203) 837-8950
Cheryl Bovat, Administrative Assistant Phone: (203) 837-8576
  Fax: (203) 837-8526
  Phone: (203) 837-8950



Education & Educational Psychology • Adeline Merrill, Chair, WS250, (203) 837-3267

Faculty: J. Burke; K. Burke; K. Campbell (Graduate Coordinator, School Counseling); T. Canada; J. Caruso; M. Daria; M. Delcourt (Ed.D. Coordinator); J. Gangi; M. Gilles (Graduate Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling); N. Heilbronner; R. James; G. Lomas; B. Rabe (M.A.T. Coordinator); D. Shaw; L. Stambler; M. Wilson (M.S. Ed Coordinator).


Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences • J. Rajcula and Robyn Housemann, Co-Chairs, B230a/B230b, (203) 837-8688/8882

Faculty: R. Housemann; J. Rajcula; J. Schlicht; E. Stevens; V. Verhoff.


Nursing • Catherine Rice, Chair, WH107a, (203) 837-8639

Faculty: E. Abate; C. Avery; D. Brown; K. Crouse; M. Doherty; E. Campbell; N. Carlson; E. Geraci; R. Goodrich (Undergraduate Coordinator); L. Halloran (MS Coordinator & EDD Coordinator); J. Lupinacci; T. Palladino; B. Piscopo (RN-BS Coordinator); M.A. Riley; M. Sousa; K. Thelian; L. Warren.


Social Work • Robert Veneziano, Chair, WH123A, (203) 837-8678

Faculty: D. Harris; K. Hinga; P. Ivry; M. Steinberg; R. Veneziano.


Mission and Objectives 

The mission of the School of Professional Studies is to prepare students to be highly competent professionals in careers of education, health and human services, who are also culturally competent advocates and professional leaders. The objective of the school is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge in the liberal arts, as well as professional coursework and community-based experiential learning opportunities, which values open communication, respect for others, and fosters creative and critical inquiry. 

The school recognizes the critical role that technology will continue to play in preparing students for education, health and human service careers. Faculty is committed to a curriculum that reflects the important role  technology will have on these professions. The fields of education, health and human service must be uniquely positioned in the 21st century. As society becomes more complex and more technologically oriented, these professions will become more critical to the world at large. 

The School of Professional Studies recognizes that traditional approaches to the delivery of instruction must change. Limited funding for higher education, significant changes in career patterns (e.g. greater numbers of non-traditional and second career students), and changing demographics in the state are likely to impact the ways in which students learn. 

The faculty within the school will continue to actively contribute to the body of knowledge of the education, health, and human service fields. Through applied research and scholarly activities, the faculty will continue to challenge students in scientific inquiry and performance-based practice. By offering continuing education for alumni and practicing professionals, they remain committed to life-long learning in response to changes in the education, health and human service professions. 

Departments in the School of Professional Studies must be responsive, as well as creative in providing best practice teaching methods in each of their disciplines. They must include evidence-based experimental learning practices, and interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts with other units within the university and the professional communities. With this as its goal, the School of Professional Studies foresees becoming the leading education center for Western Connecticut in the disciplines of education, health and human services. 

Given its evolution from a normal school to a university, given the success and recognition these programs have achieved to date, it is not difficult to envision these departments housing an innovative Center for Excellence. Further, since the school is defined by the education, health and human service fields, it is not unreasonable to consider enlarging the number of programs to include additional education, health and human service professionals. This is in keeping with the projected need for education, health care and human service professionals throughout the nation. 

Graduate Degree Programs

Education and Educational Psychology

Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership

Certificate for Intermediate Administration and Supervision (Endorsement 092)

Master of Arts in Teaching


              Secondary Education –– Biology

              Secondary Education –– Mathematics

              Secondary Education –– Spanish

Master of Science in Education



     Instructional Technology (non-certification)

     Reading (non-certification)

     Special Education (non-certification)

Master of Science in Counselor Education


     Clinical Mental Health Counseling

     School Counseling


           BCBA Certificate 


Master of Science in Nursing

Clinical Specialist

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Ed.D Nursing

Professional Certification-Only Programs

Post-Master’s Certificate in Adult Nurse Practitioner


Please refer to the department area in this catalog for specific procedures and requirements for admissions, or contact the Division of Graduate Studies at (203) 837-8244.

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