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Chair Welcome

  • Welcome to the Department of Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

    Kelli Paquette

    Kelli Paquette
    Professor and Chair
    Davis Hall, Room 305

    IUP was originally known as the Indiana Normal School when it was founded in 1875. In 1920, the name was changed to Indiana State Teachers College, and it was at that time when the institution began granting teaching degrees.

    PSE is proud to continue the tradition of graduating prepared and successful educational professionals in a multitude of occupations, grade levels, and content areas. These occupations include early childhood teachers, elementary teachers, middle-level teachers, elementary, middle, and high school principals, reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, and superintendents. Our faculty consist of those with experience in these various occupations. This wealth of experience benefits our students’ learning immensely.

    Our faculty and students are engaged in a variety of nationally accredited programs. These programs are offered to students at all collegiate levels: undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate. At the undergraduate levels, we offer Early Childhood (PreK-4) with Special Education (PreK-8) certifications and Middle Level certifications (Gr. 4-8). Middle Level students focus specifically in a content area, including Math, Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts.

    DeAnna Laverick

    DeAnna Laverick
    Professor and Assistant Chair
    Davis Hall, Room 329

    Graduate students benefit from our two graduate programs:  Masters in Education (MEDU), as well as our Masters in Literacy Education with Reading Specialist program. Students can also earn principal certification through our Principal Certification Program (PCP). At the post-graduate level, students can earn doctoral degrees in Administration and Leadership Studies (ALS), as well as in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). Our ALS cohorts meet on the main campus. C&I cohorts meet on the main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. As one can see, our relevant programs address students’ various interests. One can teach young children as a preschool teacher in one’s own classroom, and another can be employed as a superintendent and be in charge of an entire district.

    PSE is committed to providing a high-quality education for all future educators. In this vein, the importance of providing field experiences in a multitude of settings is vital. Opportunities prevail for our undergraduate preservice teachers to teach in rural, suburban, and urban environments with children in differing grade levels, depending on the certification being sought. We believe it is important for all children at  all ages in  all areas be given highly effective teachers, and we strive to make this happen. We are proud of our IUP students and graduates; they are making a difference in the many lives they touch.

    Be a part of positively impacting a child’s life. We welcome you to call, e-mail, or visit our department for more information about any of our exciting programs.