School of Professional Studies

Dean: Jess House, Ph.D.
       White Hall 123, Midtown Campus
       (203) 837-9500
       (203) 837-8526 (fax) 

Associate Dean: Maryann Rossi, Ph.D.
      White Hall 003c, Midtown Campus
      (203) 837-8950
      (203) 837-8526 (fax)

Administrative Assistant: Cheryl Bovat
      White Hall 123, Midtown Campus
      (203) 837-8576
      (203) 837-8526 (fax)


Education & Educational Psychology
Chair: Catherine O’Callaghan, Ph.D.
      WS 250, Westside Classroom Building
      (203) 837-3267
      (203) 837-8413 (fax)

Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences
Co-chair: Jody Rajcula, M.S.
      Berkshire 230a, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8688
      (203) 837-8638 (fax)
Co-chair: Robyn Housemann, Ph.D.
     Berkshire Hall 230b, Midtown Campus
     (203) 837-8882
     (203) 837-8638 (fax)

Chair: Joan Palladino, Ed.D.
      White Hall 107a, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8651
      (203) 837-8550 (fax)

Social Work
Chair: Patti Ivry, M.S.W.
      White Hall 101A, Midtown campus
      (203) 837-8408
      (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, 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, 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, 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, health care and human service professions by offering continuing education for alumni, practicing professionals and the lay community.

Degree and Related Programs

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

B.S. Elementary Education (K-6)
American Studies
Political Science
Social Sciences

B.S. Secondary Education (7-12)
Earth Science
Social Sciences

B.S. Health Education (PK-12)

B.S. Health Promotion Studies
      Community Health
      Wellness Management

B.S. Nursing

B.S. Nursing – Registered Nursing Program

B.A. 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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