College of Education & Professional Studies

About Us

Our Mission

The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to the development of professionals who are lifelong learners, creators of knowledge, and leaders of character and integrity. Responding to the changing needs within our global society, our programs prepare professionals to actively engage in an open democratic society inclusive of diverse populations. As a premier center for global learning, the College's focus on depth of learning and academic excellence provides our students with the requisites to be leaders dedicated to change in their communities.

Robin Fox, Interim Dean

Message From the Dean

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.

Robin Fox, Interim Dean
College of Education and Professional Studies

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.

Board Members 2016

Diana Callope '92
2015 WI Teacher of the Year, Whitewater Middle School

Diana Callope '92, 2015 WI Teacher of the Year, Whitewater Middle SchoolIn 1992, Diana earned her BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in elementary/middle level education and a minor in mathematics. She later earned her MAT from Aurora University in 1999. Diana has dedicated her 23-year teaching career to the Whitewater Unified School District where she has taught in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. She currently teaches pre-algebra, algebra and geometry to 8th grade students. Diana is active in union leadership through the Whitewater EA serving multiple terms as President, Vice-President and as a negotiator since 2001. As a Kohl Fellowship recipient in April, 2014, Diana was then selected as the 2014-15 WI Middle School Teacher of the Year. She now proudly represents Wisconsin teachers as the 2015 WI Teacher of the Year.

Bob Gilpatrick '66
Retired District Administrator, Verona School District

Bob Gilpatrick '66, District Administrator, Argyle School DistrictBob received his BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in elementary education and a minor in business economics.  He received his MS from UW-Madison in educational administration and his PhD from Marquette University with a major in curriculum and instruction.  He has extensive corporate experience as well as educational administration experience.  He is a past Superintendent of the Verona Area School District and past Executive Director of Wisconsin AdvancED/North Central Association.

Todd Gray '77 MSE '82 MS '84
Superintendent, School District of Waukesha

Todd Gray '77 MSE '82 MS '84, Superintendent, School District of WaukeshaTodd received his BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in business education, as well as an MS in Accounting and an MSE in School Business Management.  He also holds a specialist in administration leadership degree from UW-Milwaukee.  He is a candidate for a PhD in educational leadership and policy analysis with the University of Wisconsin.  He has served with two international accounting firms as well as in Assistant and Deputy Superintendent positions in the Oshkosh and Appleton School Districts.  He was recently appointed to his current position with the School District of Waukesha.  Todd's father, George Gray, taught in the School of Business Management at UW-Whitewater from 1968 to 1993.

Ruth E. Hammiller '74 MSE '82
Retired, School Psychologist

Ruth E. Hammiller '74 MSE '82Ruth recently retired, but continues to do consulting work in the field of school psychology.  Ruth consults at Drought School, Richfield Schools and Beloit Turner Schools.  She received her BSE in elementary education (grades 1-8) with a minor in psychology and an MSE in school psychology, both from UW-Whitewater.  Ruth has been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist since 1989 and is currently active in the Mentor Program at UW-Whitewater.    She also obtained her PhD from UW-Madison in educational administration.   Ruth has served as an elementary teacher, a school psychologist, and a director of special education and pupil services during her educational career.

Christine C. Hayes
General Music/Choir Director, Whitewater Unified School District

Christine C. HayesChristine Hayes is passionate about teaching children.  Focused on arts education, she strives for an integrated arts curriculum that fosters student creativity, and reaches across and connects the various curricula for each child.  Christine is completing her 27th year teaching music in the Whitewater Unified School District, most recently as K-5 General Music/Choir Director at Lincoln Inquiry Charter School (LINCS).  Prior public school teaching includes positions in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Christine is the immediate past-chair of the National Association for Music Education Council for General Music Education and past president of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association.  Additionally, she served on the writing team for the recently published 2014 National Core Curriculum Arts Standards in Music, with prior service on the writing teams for the Wisconsin State Academic Music Standards and WI State Music Curriculum.  She earned her B.M.E. from Central Michigan University and M.M. from Northwestern University with a specialty in integrated arts curriculum.  Christine has presented sessions at state and national music conferences with her topics of passion being composition and curriculum integration.  As an author, she has numerous publications in professional music journals.  Christine serves as a General Music Field Study cooperating teacher for UW-Whitewater.  Recognition for her innovative teaching includes the Wisconsin Music Educators Association 2014 Creative Sparks in Music Education Award, 2015 Young Auditorium Arts Advocacy Award, Kohl Teaching Fellowship recipient 2008, Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year 2007 Phi Delta Kappa International/Walmart.  Her most recent educational adventure led her to a Ghana village to study drumming and dance for three weeks in the summer of 2015.

Past community service includes council member on the Whitewater Common Council, Irvin L. Young Memorial Library Board (president), and Whitewater Arts Alliance Board.  Christine also directs the choir and youth drumming ensemble at First United Methodist Church in Whitewater.

Larry Kachel '79 
Investment Advisor, Kachel Financial Group

Larry KachelLarry received his bachelor's degree in finance from UW-Whitewater in 1979 and his JD from Marquette University Law School in 1982.  Larry is the owner of Kachel Financial Group, an independent advisory firm affiliated with Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC.  He has over 30 years of investment advisory experience and is the former Wisconsin Regional Director for Cetera Financial Specialists, LLC.  Larry has served as a featured seminar speaker on a variety of topics such as investments, asset protection and retirement planning.  He also taught courses in business law, finance and government regulation at two Milwaukee area colleges for over 10 years on an adjunct faculty basis.  Larry has strong ties to UW-Whitewater having served on numerous Chancellor and Athletic Director Search Committees and is a former co-president of the UW-Whitewater Alumni Association.  He currently serves on numerous corporate and non-profit boards of directors in the Whitewater, Janesville and Brookfield communities. Larry is currently a member of the Whitewater Unified School District's Citizen Financial Advisory Committee and is a founding member of the recently created literacy advancement group, Whitewater Leads.  Larry is also Chairman of the Board of the Greater Whitewater Committee, Inc., a group formed to strengthen ties between the business, educational and governmental communities.

Monica Kelsey-Brown '90 MS '92
DIFI/SIFI & Student Achievement Supervisor, Milwaukee Public Schools

Monica Kelsey-Brown '90 MS '92Monica is a District Identified for Improvement Supervisor with Milwaukee Public Schools. Dr. Kelsey-Brown earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the UW-Madison, both her BSE and MS at the UW-Whitewater. In her previous position, Director, Academic Support Services, UW-Whitewater, she was successful with securing both federal and state grant funds to assist with building the foundation and effectively implementing a variety of college and pre-college programs. She has also taught graduate level courses for several different colleges/universities across the state. Dr. Kelsey-Brown is a member of Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Ervin Munro '71 MSE '76
Director of Social Services, SRO Housing Corporation

Ervin Munro '71 MSE '76Ervin received his BS in elementary education and MS in education (school psychology) from UW-Whitewater. He also completed several years of post-graduate study at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University. Ervin worked for several years as an elementary teacher, as well as a school psychologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools before relocating to Los Angeles to serve as a personnel supervisor at the USC Olympic Village during the 1984 Olympics. Ervin was a co-founder of both the Labor Immigrant Assistance Project (education director) and AIDS Project Los Angeles (first acting executive director). Over the past 35 years, he's worked with a wide range of adult populations to include homeless, refugees/immigrants, persons with disabilities, persons with HIV/AIDS, Veterans, persons with substance addictions, persons with mental illnesses, and frail/elderly. For the past 15 years, Ervin served as the director of social services for SRO Housing Corporation where he oversees 60+ staff who serve 2,300 clients in the "Skid Row" area of downtown Los Angeles at 31 different sites. He is a frequent presenter at numerous local and national conferences and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Case Management. Ervin a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as well as many local social service agencies; and is often a guest presenter at various universities. He was the recipient of UW-Whitewater's 2011 National Distinguished Alumni Award for Community/Regional Service.

Bernard J. Nikolay '92 
Superintendent, School District of Cambridge

Bernard J. NiklayIn 1992, Bernie earned a BSE from UW-Whitewater with a major in elementary/middle level education and a minor in political science.  In 1999 he earned a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He earned an Educational Specialist Certificate from UW-Madison in educational leadership and policy analysis in 2004.  Bernie has served in public schools for twenty-four years, the past eighteen in school administration with the last five years as District Administrator for the School District of Cambridge (WI).  


Steve Ryan MEPD '76Retired Middle School Principal, Whitewater Unified School District

Steve Ryan MEPD '76Steve received his BA in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa and his MEPD from UW-Whitewater.  He recently retired as Principal of the Whitewater Middle School after being named as Wisconsin's Associate Principal of the Year in 1992 and the Wisconsin Middle Level Principal of the Year in 2000.  He is past president of the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators Association and a 3-year member of the NASSP National Middle Level Commission in Washington, D.C.  Steve and his wife Melanie, recently retired French teacher at the Phoenix Middle School in Delavan, are the principal donors to the Keith L. Collins Family Scholarship in honor of Melanie's father, Keith Collins, who for many years was the administrator of certification and licensure in the College of Education.

Daniel Schroeder '85
President and CEO, Organization Development Consultants

Daniel SchroederDr. Daniel A. Schroeder is President/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), a management consulting firm offering performance consulting solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations. ODC serves regional and national clients from its offices in suburban Milwaukee. Additionally, he teaches in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership (bachelor's) and Organization Development (master's) programs at Edgewood College (Madison, WI), programs that he founded and for which he served as Program Director. Dr. Schroeder earned his terminal (Psychology/Organizational Science) and bachelor's (Psychology/Professional Business) degrees within the University of Wisconsin System. He earned his master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Western Michigan University. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Wisconsin. He is also a certified clinical trauma professional. He holds board certifications in organizational and business consulting psychology (OBCP) from the American Board of Professional Psychology and in psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

Gayle M. Corcoran Stettler '74
President of Stettler Management, Inc.

Gayle M. Corcoran Stettler '74Gayle received her BSEd in Elementary Education. She taught middle school science and math in the Evansville Public School System before becoming Director of Meadowlark School, an alternative private school in Whitewater. In 1976 she and her husband founded H&S Construction, in Edgerton, Wisconsin. It was a residential construction firm that later became Stettler Construction. She served as an officer in both of the companies. Gayle served as the Executive Director of the Edgerton Housing Authority from 1986-1998. Currently she is the president of Stettler Management, Inc. and  co-owner of Stettler Properties, specializing in student housing in Whitewater. She is the mother of three grown childrem. She and her husband have been married for 40 years and reside in Whitewater. She served as the Chair of the Edgerton Sesquicentennial Celebration and Co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the renovation of the Edgerton Public Library and currently is on the education sub-committee of the Greater Whitewater Committee.

Marjorie Stoneman '87
President, Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization

Marjorie Stoneman '74In 1987, Marjorie Stoneman earned her bachelor's degree in speech with a public relations emphasis from UW-Whitewater, with minors in business marketing and French. She later earned her master's degree in speech communication from the UW-Milwaukee, where she was also a teaching assistant. Her past work experiences have included Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Second Harvest Food Bank and Media and Community Relations Associate at United Way of Greater Milwaukee. A mother of one son who attends Whitewater Middle School, Stoneman is involved in a variety of activities in the community, including serving on the Whitewater YES for Education leadership team, volunteering to handle media relations for the Whitewater Arts Alliance, and serving as President of the Whitewater Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. In 2015, she was one of six who received a Friends of Whitewater Kids award from the Whitewater Unified School District.

Carolyn Stoner MSE '72
Retired Agency Administrator, CESA #2

Carolyn StonerCarolyn received her BS. Ed. in 1965 from Ball State Teachers College with an English major and Social Studies minor. In 1972 she earned her MS. Ed. with a reading emphasis from UW-Whitewater. Carolyn completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Curriculum in 1990 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Carolyn is a retired educator with 33 years of serving Wisconsin public schools and their students. She began her career as a reading teacher/specialist in the Jefferson Public Schools, moving on to the Watertown Unified School District as the Title 1 Director and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her next position was that of Superintendent of the Palmyra-Eagle School District. Her last position was that of CESA #2 Agency Administrator, where she had the opportunity to work with the 75 school districts within that area.During her career, Carolyn has been a member of many professional organizations. She presently is a member of the Madison Area Technical College Board of Trustees, a position which she has held for the past 11 years. During that time she has served as secretary, treasurer, vice chair and chair of the Board. She has also served on the Wisconsin Technical College Association's Board of Directors for six years.

The Dean's Advisory Council (DAC) serves as a liaison between the student body and the College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS). It acts in an advisory capacity to the Dean by making recommendations about COEPS 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.

DAC members will serve one-year terms and will 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:

  • C.A.R.E. - Caring and Resourceful Educators
  • Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) - International Honor Society for Professional Counselors
  • CHARPE - Coaching, Health, Athletics, Recreation and Physical Education
  • NSSLHA - National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
  • ROTC - Army
  • SCEC - Student Council for Exceptional Children
  • SSO - Student Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers
  • SWEA - Student Wisconsin Education Association

The DAC will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 4-6 p.m. during the academic year.  A Convener and Associate Convener will be chosen from among the DAC members to run the meeting, set the agenda and work with the Dean on the various obligations of the Committee. 

Jaclyn Wolf named student speaker for Class of 2020

December 07, 2020

With a beaming smile, a conversational personality and a natural ability to make people feel at ease — Jaclyn Wolf is the kind of individual people gravitate to.

UW-Whitewater physics alumnus heads NASA observatory

December 01, 2020

Pat Slane was recently named director of the Chandra X-ray Center, which controls science and flight operations for NASA’s flagship X-ray telescope.

Campaign drives UW-Whitewater applications up 87 percent

November 20, 2020

About 4,300 prospective students applied to UW-Whitewater in September and October during a no-cost application campaign.

More than 3,400 COVID-19 tests conducted at UW-Whitewater last week

November 13, 2020

Free, rapid testing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater continues apace as 3,414 COVID-19 tests were conducted last week.

Sustainability efforts win UW-Whitewater national recognition

November 10, 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has named the UW-Whitewater a Green Ribbon School, one of only five colleges nationwide to be so designated in 2020.

The College of Education and Professional Studies prepares the largest number of teachers in Wisconsin among 33 institutions. More than 2,200 students are enrolled in seven departments:  Communication Sciences & DisordersCounselor EducationCurriculum and InstructionEducational FoundationsKinesiologyLeadership, Military Science and Aerospace Studies; and  Special Education.

Within the College, there are close to 100 faculty and academic staff members of which 90% have earned doctorates. In addition to teaching and research obligations, faculty and staff are actively involved in professional and specialty organizations. Many hold regional, state, national and international offices and serve on professional committees and advisory boards.

Williams Center: Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching.

The administrative offices and several departments of the College of Education and Professional Studies are located in Winther Hall, named after the College's first dean, Adolph I. Winther. The Communication Sciences & Disorders Department is located in the Roseman Building and the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching Department is located in the Williams Center.

Student Internships
In the internship program, outstanding teacher education students may spend a semester developing skills and expertise in participating school districts throughout southeastern Wisconsin while meeting the student teaching requirements. In addition, students in the Occupational and Environmental Safety & Health program are regularly assigned internships within a company or a government agency according to their interests.

Admission Policy
For all students pursuing teacher licensure programs, there are two points of admission. The first is admission to UW-Whitewater and the second is admission to  Professional Education. Students must be admitted to Professional Education in order to take upper-level courses for licensure required for their degree programs. In order to apply for admission to Professional Education, students must meet all of the  Basic Eligibility Requirements and submit their application materials during one of the designated admission cycles for their program. There are admission cycles during the fall, spring and summer terms. While most programs admit during all three terms, the Early Childhood Dual Licensure program accepts applications during the fall only and the Elementary/Middle Education program admits in fall and spring, but not summer.

Technology in Education
The College of Education and Professional Studies is the home of the Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center (WITRC). Staff of this center maintain the 33 technology classrooms and labs in the College, checkout portable equipment and house a collection of educational software to help university faculty, students and public school teachers integrate instructional technology into the curricula.A full-time coordinator of technology resources assists in facilitating a technology-based teaching/learning environment through faculty/student workshops, seminars and consultation.