The UW-L Advising Circle provides links to University-wide advising requirements and resources. These requirements and resources may not necessarily meet teacher education program specific requirements and resources. Please see your academic faculty advisor for questions regarding your teacher education requirements and helpful resources specific to your teacher education degree.
Students interested in completing a major in early
childhood-elementary-middle level education, art education, music education, or
modern language (Spanish, French, German, etc.) education may declare that
major or related minor by completing a "Change of Major/minor" form
in 270 Morris Hall. This same is used
any time when students want to either declare or change a major or minor course
Because the Department of Educational Studies assigns faculty
advisors based on a student's chosen major and minor, completing the
"Change of Major/minor" form may also initiate a change in academic
advisor assignment. Students are not
allowed to change their major or minor during course registration times.
Faculty advisor assignments can be found on WINGS. When logging into WINGS look at the Student
Center home page, lower right-hand corner.
Students with a content major (art, music, or modern language) may have
more than one faculty advisor assigned.
Requests for faculty advisor changes must be made through the
Chair of the Department of Educational Studies in 335 Morris Hall.
Students MUST meet with their academic advisor at least one time
each semester. The Department of
Educational Studies automatically places a registration restriction on all
students prior to the registration window for each semester. Once a student meets with their academic
advisor, the assigned academic advisor can release the registration
When meeting with your academic advisor, discussion will mainly
center on your academic progress and specific courses needed in the near and
future semesters. Each student should
complete a career-long planner that maps out an ideal schedule of classes from
the first meeting with your advisor through graduation. This planner should contain required courses
in an ideal sequence and program assessment requirements (testing requirements—Basic
Skills Testing, Praxis II, and Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT) as well as
portfolio (Pre-student Teaching and Post-Student Teaching--edTPA) portfolio
Advising meetings are also times when students can talk with
their faculty advisor about other issues or situations. Faculty advisors are great sources of
information and can point students in the direction of needed resources to
assist them in coping with situations that arise while at UW-L.
Students are highly encouraged to create an advising folder. This folder contains all official paperwork
for UW-L, including a copy of a current (unofficial) transcript, advising sheet
with courses checked-off, and current planner.
Keep a running list of questions for your advisor as you progress
through each semester.
Students can prepare for advising meetings by reviewing their
course planner and print/bring a copy to the meeting. It is helpful also to have any questions
written down to be sure the information is discussed and questions answered.
Students are highly encouraged to contact their faculty
advisor or trusted faculty member as soon as you feel there is or
potentially could be a problem academically or personally.
Faculty will either work with you directly or refer you to another
profession who is better trained or equipped to work with your situation. It is important that students keep in touch
with their faculty advisor or trusted faculty member regularly so that
situations can be handled early (when they are smaller issues) than after
situations have become overwhelming.
Remember no issue is too small to ask or talk about!
Talk with your academic faculty advisor about your interest in
undergraduate research or exploring related careers.
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