The College of Education and Professional Studies prepares students for careers in a wide variety of areas including: counseling, teaching, health and fitness, physical education and coaching, speech and language, recreation, and military science and leadership. We offer programs at the undergraduate and graduate level and are committed to providing our graduates with the skills needed to succeed in today's fast-changing and global society. All of our programs have proven themselves through rigorous state and national accreditation in a variety of areas. Please see each department's website for more information on why we have some of the most sought-after degrees in Wisconsin. Our faculty and staff are committed to using the most current teaching methods and technology in their instruction. We look forward to helping you as you begin your education and we would be happy to advise you on career options and program plans. We offer a mixture of face-to-face, online and hybrid courses and several of our programs are now fully online. We're confident you will find something to meet your needs. Please visit the rest of our website and stop by the College if you're on campus. It would be our pleasure to assist you in any way we can.
Lana Collet-Klingenberg, Interim Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies
Carrie Merino (Ph.D. 2016, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia), Assistant Professor in Counselor Education, holds a Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard’s BOK Institute. Courses she instructs include Crisis Intervention and Trauma Counseling, Principles of Counseling and Counseling Ethics, among others. Dr. Merino’s students describe her as a driven educator with a desire to see her students succeed.
Amy Stevens is a professor in the Department of Special Education. She coordinates the Jamaica Student Teaching Program, and in partnership with Church Teacher’s College, initiated the Special Education Conference and Workshops, a professional development opportunity for Jamaican teachers that has been running for over seven years. Nationally, Stevens has more than a decade of leadership in the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
This new college level award was created in 2019 to recognize individuals who go above and beyond in supporting students. During the inaugural year of this award, three individuals earned the award through peer nomination: Kelli Danielski (Advising Center Coordinator), Courtney Luedke (Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction), and Carmen Rivers (instructional staff, Curriculum and Instruction).
Cody Busch, Clinic Director and Instructor for Communication Sciences and Disorders, was selected for her extensive teaching at the graduate level, use of innovative teaching practices, and demonstrated commitment to student learning, as well as how quickly and effectively she adapted her courses and instruction to remote teaching and learning during the pandemic.
Our students are the leaders and mentors of tomorrow, inspiring generations to embrace the pursuit of knowledge.
Teaching and Mentoring is the core of the college; we need to attract and retain exceptional faculty members to develop future leaders in education. Learn more about Teaching and Mentoring.
Transformational Learning Spaces – The college seeks to embrace emergent technologies to empower students to design learning opportunities that reflect recent discoveries in how people learn. Learn more about the College of Education and Professional Studies Transformational Learning Spaces.
Student Opportunities Fund – The Future Teacher Program recruits students who want to teach in high-need subjects and/or promote diversity in education. Learn more about the Future Teacher Program.
The Dean's Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the student body and the College of Education and Professional Studies. It acts in an advisory capacity to the dean by making recommendations about college needs and services, programs and general operations. It is also intended to connect students with available resources, and to bridge communication between students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Members serve one-year terms and include balanced representation between majors and degree level (undergraduate/graduate). Students are invited to serve by their major department and/or by representing an associated student organization such as:
The council meets monthly during the academic year. A convener and associate convener is chosen from among the members to run the meeting, set the agenda and work with the dean on the various obligations of the council.
Dean's Advisory Board members include both alumni and friends of the university. They are civic leaders, individuals with knowledge and expertise that can be highly beneficial to both the students and faculty within the College of Education and Professional Studies.
Board members represent a range of careers, backgrounds and expertise. A strong effort will be made to include diversity with the membership itself, male-female balance, and desirable ratio of local to non-local members.
Diana Callope '92
2015 WI Teacher of the Year, Whitewater Middle School
Bob Gilpatrick '66
Retired District Administrator, Verona School District
Todd Gray '77 MSE '82 MS '84
Superintendent, School District of Waukesha
Ruth E. Hammiller '74 MSE '82
Retired, School Psychologist
Christine C. Hayes
General Music/Choir Director, Whitewater Unified School District
Larry Kachel '79
Investment Advisor, Kachel Financial Group
Monica Kelsey-Brown '90 MS '92
DIFI/SIFI & Student Achievement Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools
Ervin Munro '71 MSE '76
Director of Social Services, SRO Housing Corporation
Bernard J. Nikolay '92
Superintendent, School District of Cambridge
Steve Ryan MEPD '76
Retired Middle School Principal, Whitewater Unified School District
Daniel Schroeder '85
President and CEO, Organization Development Consultants
Gayle M. Corcoran Stettler '74
President of Stettler Management, Inc.
Marjorie Stoneman '87
President, Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization
Carolyn Stoner MSE '72
Retired Agency Administrator, CESA #2