Academic advising is a dynamic process between the student and his or her
advisor that focuses on academic planning and decision making. Faculty
advisors also help students interpret and understand degree requirements and
University polices. It is important to realize that faculty advisors are
full-time faculty who devote most of their time to teaching. Ultimately students
are responsible for knowing and fulfilling degree requirements and for observing
The School of Education and Professional Studies (SEPS), Advising Center
provides supplemental advising for all undergraduate students in the School.
While it is important for students to meet with their own faculty advisor(s),
the SEPS Advising Center is available throughout the year to assist students.
She can answer questions about requirements and policies, assist in resolving
academic issues, and help with long term planning by seeing the ďbig picture.Ē
New Student Advising
- First-year students
attend an Academic Advising and Orientation Day prior to the start of their
first semester. Information about this is generally mailed to the studentís
home address. Students are registered by an advisor for their first
semester. This means that the student leaves the Academic Advising and
Orientation Day with a complete course schedule in hand.
- Transfer students
- All Education
program students should call the SEPS Advising Center at
sign up for a Transfer Advising Seminar, generally held on Fridays
throughout the year. These seminars are held in Barnard Hall and
attended by six to eight students. During these group sessions, students
learn about university requirements, policies and procedures, their
subject matter majors, and requirements for entering the Professional
Program in teacher education. During the seminar, students will be
individually advised for course selection and receive all the necessary
materials to register themselves on-line including their alternate PIN
- Social Work
majors contact the Social Work Department for an advising appointment.
- Athletic Training majors and Exercise Science & Health Promotion
majors contact the Physical Education Department for an advising
- Nursing majors
contact the Nursing Department for an advising appointment.
Continuing Student Advising
Athletic Training and Exercise Science &
Health Promotion majors
Check Central Pipeline account for Physical Education faculty
Check Central Pipeline
account for Nursing faculty advisorís name.
Social Work majors
Check Central Pipeline
account for Social Work faculty advisorís name.
Education: Pre-Professional Program
After the initial advising and registration and prior to admission to the
Professional Program, students are advised primarily by faculty in their subject
matter major departments. Students are assigned a faculty advisor who helps them
with course planning and registration. Students who are unsure about which
subject matter major to choose are advised at The School of Education and
Professional Studies Advising Center. Students are, however, encouraged to
select a subject matter major as soon as possible as this facilitates better
academic planning and timely degree completion. Some advisors contact their
advisees; however, most students need to check Pipeline or contact the
department to find out the name of their advisor along with the advisor's office
hours, and then make an appointment to see their advisor. Continuing students
register for upcoming semesters using the University's Central Pipeline system.
During advising sessions, students obtain an alternate PIN number from their
advisor, which allows them access to Central Pipeline.
Education: Admitted to the Professional Program
Once a student has been admitted to the Professional Program and is
officially a teacher candidate in the School of Education and Professional
Studies (SEPS), he or she is assigned a second advisor. (Physical Education
majors continue to have only one advisor.) This additional advisor is a faculty
member from the Department of Teacher Education specifically from the studentís
area: elementary, secondary, or all-level education. Teacher Education advisors
help students as they plan to complete the Professional Program. They will be
able to give valuable advice about professional courses and help plan for a
career as a teacher. Students should make a point to meet with their Teacher
Education advisor at least once a semester to make sure they are on track with
their academic plan.
- If Elementary Education, this advisor will become the Primary
Advisor. Students will need to meet with this advisor during the two
weeks prior to registration in order to obtain the alternate PIN number to
register for classes. The Arts and Sciences advisor is now considered the
secondary advisor. Students are certainly welcome to meet with both
advisors, since they have different areas of expertise.
- If in a Secondary or All-level program, the Teacher Education
advisor will be considered the secondary advisor. The studentís Arts and
Sciences advisor remains the primary advisor and will provide the student
with an alternate PIN number. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with
Advising and Registration Guidelines for the Professional Program for
- Students should schedule an appointment with their advisor (s).
Consult the list of faculty advisors for the preferred way to contact
Teacher Education advisors. Faculty advisors generally put in extra office
hours during the two week advising period prior to registration.
Because of these extra hours, they are often hard to reach during the actual
registration period. Advisors not only provide alternate pin numbers
but are helpful in planning a schedule and upcoming field experiences.
- Prepare for the advising appointment. Students should print an
unofficial transcript from Central Pipeline, peruse the course
listings on the university website and make a preliminary plan of the
courses desired for the next semester.
- Undergraduate students should print a CAPP report from
Central Pipeline. This is a great tool available to
students. After entering a student ID number, degree and major, the
system compares the degree requirements to the studentís transcript and
explains which requirements have been met and which ones still need to be
completed. It is not perfect and there may be discrepancies.
Speak with an advisor about the audit and resolve any discrepancies with her
or him or with the Registrarís Office, if necessary. Directions for
running a CAPP audit are
- Prepare a plan for graduation (undergraduates) or program completion
(post-baccalaureate students). Lay out the next several semesters,
including summer and winter sessions if necessary. There is a much
better chance of graduating on time if planning ahead. Many
professional courses must be taken in clusters or sequences and require
specific prerequisites. Consider how to manage and schedule field experience
hours; pencil in remaining major and general education requirements as
- Register on the Priority Registration date!
It makes no sense to wait. An imperfect schedule can always be adjusted
- If problems with registration, seek help right away. All of the
professional courses are programmed with prerequisites. Some courses have
certain sections designated for Elementary Education students and other
sections for Secondary or preK-12 students. There may be a
registration error if:
- students try to register for an inappropriate section of a course.
Check the Course Schedule for section information. This information is NOT
visible in Central Pipeline;
- prerequisites have not been completed;
- studentsí major or degree information is not correct in Central
Pipeline. Errors can occasionally occur and sometimes records are not coded
correctly. For example, a degree may still say ďpre-BSEDĒ or
ďpre-CertĒ even though a student has been fully admitted to the Professional
Program. Seek help in the SEPS Advising Center in Barnard Hall- HB
- course is closed. If all sections of a professional program course are
closed, bring this to the attention of the appropriate academic department
immediately. Professional program courses with designators of EDEL, EDF,
EDSC, EDTE are offered by the Department of Teacher Education in Barnard
226. For courses with other designators, go to the appropriate
department. Donít wait and hope that someone will drop a professional
program course! Departments will try their best to accommodate all
students admitted to the Professional Program.