Advising appointments in the College of Education are scheduled for a full hour so advisors have time to review all necessary information related to your degree plan and program requirements. We offer these suggestions to help you make the most of your time with your advisor.

  • Create an advising folder to keep copies of your degree plan and other important documents. Bring this with you to your appointments.
  • Familiarize yourself with MyCOE, Canvas and the DESE website. Know where to find the information and instructions you need.
  • Use only your UMSL email address to communicate with your advisor. Check your UMSL email daily and respond to your advisor promptly when your receive a message.
  • Jot down the important questions or concerns you have before your appointment and bring the list with you. Take notes during your appointment.
  • If you are scheduling or registering for the next semester, consider the following information that may influence your course schedule:
    • For every credit hour you have, plan to spend 2 - 3 hours each week on homework and study. This is true for both in-person and online courses. For example, if you are taking 12 credit hours, plan for 36 hours of homework time.
    • Think about the personal and work obligations that may affect your academic performance and how many credit hours you can reasonably handle. Consider how you may need to adjust work hours to allow time for any field experience required in your classes.
    • Prioritize classes that are only offered at certain times or during certain semesters and plan your schedule around these.
    • If a class is offered both online and in person, think about both what fits best into your schedule and what is the most effective method for you to learn.
    • If you are on campus, consider whether you need time between classes or prefer them back to back. Ask yourself whether you will need travel time between classes.

Maintaining a relationship with your advisor is key to your success within the College of Education. In addition to helping you navigate and complete your degree requirements, advisors act as a key resource for you on campus. Our COE advisors are invested in your success! Please reach out any time with your questions and whenever you can use a little help.