Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advising Information

Academic advising is an essential part of your academic experience at UM. Academic advisors help you understand the academic requirements and curricular offerings in the College of Education. They assist you to realistically evaluate your academic progress and its relationship to successful planning. Advisors also inform you about different campus resources and services that will help you to make the most of your experience while at the University of Maryland College Park.

Advising is mandatory for all students in the College of Education. Depending upon your major and your academic standing in the College, you will be assigned an advisor from within the Office of Student Services (Room 1204, Benjamin). All students are required to make advising appointments (please see advising emails below) no more than 2 weeks before your scheduled registration date.

Advising Preparation 

To get the most out of your advising sessions with the advisor, it is important for you to do the necessary groundwork before your advising appointment. Follow the steps below to ensure that your advising session is a productive one.

  1. Go to http://www.testudo.umd.edu for the Schedule of Classes.

     2.  Review your program planning sheet (copies are available in the Student Services Office, 1204 Benjamin) and check off the courses that you have completed or are in the process of completing in the current semester.

     3. Make a list of 5 or 6 courses you need to take. If you still need to satisfy any General Education requirements, be sure to consult the Schedule of Classes which lists all of the General Education approved courses.  Once on this page, select the General Education courses option and click on the required General Education area (e.g. DSSP, DVUP) for a list of the approved courses being offered that semester.

     4.  Using the list of courses you've created, look on Testudo to see which courses are available in the upcoming semester.

     5.  Make up several schedules as course availability may vary. You can make these schedules manually or by using the online scheduler VENUS, which can also be found under the "Office of the Registrar" option on Testudo.

     6.  Bring the list of courses and the tentative schedules with you to your advising appointment.

All secondary students should meet with their content area advisor before scheduling an advising appointment with an education advisor. All mandatory advising appointments are to be made no more than two weeks before your scheduled registration date.

Advisor Information

Office of Student Services
1204 Benjamin – 301.405.2364 – ed-advising@umd.edu
The Office of Student Service is the student affairs office of the College of Education.  All Education majors have an academic file in Student Services.  This office maintains official student records, advises students, and coordinates Orientation and Graduation programs.

Our Advisors:

NOTE:  Secondary Education majors must be advised by their content area advisor before meeting with an education advisor.