Academic advising engages students in the process of exploring and defining their academic and career goals and in creating effective strategies to achieve these goals.
Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are encouraged and supported as they develop the skills necessary to take responsibility for their own development and success.
Academic advisors educate students by providing accessible, accurate and timely information regarding academic requirements, university resources and opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and enrich the college experience and their personal lives.
Teacher preparation is an upper-division professional program. During the freshman and sophomore years, students work toward fulfilling degree requirements, major and minor requirements, and prerequisite courses in education to permit application to the College of Education.
Students will have two advisors (transfer students have the same dual advisors):
College of Education students sign a Declaration of Intent form and attend a Group Advising Session during the semester they enroll in EDF 315.
Transfer students follow the same dual advising process.
At the Group Advising Session students are assigned a College of Education advisor. Students meet with this advisor at least once before being admitted into the College of Education. Students will receive an undergraduate Student Advising Handbook during the session.
Students should discuss career and employment opportunities with their advisors and with GVSU Career Services department. Candidates should also review policies in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Student Advising Handbook, available at advising sessions. In addition, advising materials and sample four-year course sequences are available in the College of Education Student Information and Services Center.