3 Pieces of Advice for Advisement Week

Even though it feels like this semester just started, scheduling for next semester is upon us. It sometimes can seem daunting to try to fit all of your classes, state tests, and field experiences into your schedule, but I can assure you that it is possible. In fact, that brings me to my first piece of advice:


  1. Refer to your Gate Sheet

The School of Education has created many tools and charts to help you to stay on top of things and have a clear picture of where you’re going. From what classes you should take to when you should take your state tests, everything is listed conveniently on your gate sheet. This simple sheet of paper is a lifesaver during advisement! I recommend keeping several copies of your gate sheet: one copy to edit and cross off the courses you’ve taken and another copy to keep unmarked as a clean reference guide.

The sheets give a general outline for when courses are offered for the School of Education, but each sheet is major specific. I have compiled a nearly exhaustive list of when courses are offered in terms of Fall and Spring semesters. Please keep in mind that this list is merely a guide for your benefit, not something that is set in stone. Also, some courses are only offered every other year or only if there is a need, so it is best to double check with your advisor so that you can plan accordingly.


Note: Field experience and its seminar are offered every semester, as is student teaching.


List last updated: 10-22-18


Course Number Title Course Number Title
Fall Spring
ECE 311 Health and Wellness for Educators ECE 250 Early Childhood Observation and Assessment
ECE 337 Infant Toddler Development and Environments ECE 293 Field Experience
ECE 391 Field Experience ECE 338 Early Childhood Program and Curriculum
ECE 391S Field Experience Seminar ECE 342 Early Childhood Leadership and Management
ECE 392 Field Experience
ECE 392S Field Experience Seminar
EDU 331 Methods in Teaching Science EDU 334 Methods of Teaching Literacy II
EDU 332 Methods in Teaching Social Studies EDU 335 Methods of Teaching Literacy III
EDU 333 Methods of Teaching Literacy I EDU 336 Methods of Teaching Math
EDU 391 Field Experience EDU 392 Field Experience
EDU 391S Field Experience Seminar EDU 392S Field Experience Seminar
EDM 441 Music in Elementary Schools EDM 444 Music in Secondary Schools
EDM391 Field Experience EDM 392 Field Experience
EDS 318 General Methods EDS 323 Special Methods
EDS 391 Field Experience EDS 334 Literacy Integration
EDS 391S Field Experience Seminar EDS 392 Field Experience
EDS 392S Field Experience Seminar
EDU 191 Field Experience EDU 191 Field Experience
EDU 221 Intro to Teaching with Technology EDU 246 Foundations of Education
EDU 246 Foundations of Education EDU 247 Health Issues
EDU 258 Development and Learning Theory EDU 259 Teaching and Learning Strategies
EDU 311 Health and Wellness for Educators EDU 292 Field Experience
EDU 353 Exceptional Child EDU 321 Tech Apps for Teachers I
EDU 421 Tech Apps for Teachers II EDU 353 Exceptional Child
EDU 441 The Christian Teacher EDU 421 Tech Apps for Teachers II
EDU 445 OA Educating a Diverse Society EDU 441 The Christian Teacher
EDU 445 RA Educating a Diverse Society
EDU 470 Seminar


  1. Count Your Credits

I have heard countless people complain because they get close to graduation, only to realize that they have an additional class or semester that popped out of the woodwork that they need to complete their degree. Newsflash: it was always there. It was always a requirement. It was always a class you needed to take to graduate, and it was your responsibility to know that.


The degree requirements are clearly listed on the Nyack website (Follow this link, click on the appropriate year’s catalog, and scroll to your major to find the gate sheet). This is also where you can find the gate sheets for all majors, not just education. Each major has a specific number of credits required in order to graduate. Adolescence English majors, for instance, have 127 mandatory credits to complete before they can graduate and get their certification. That number seemed intimidating when I first began at Nyack, and sometimes it still does, but it becomes much easier to manage when you break it down semester by semester.


I know the new trend is to graduate college in 5 years instead of 4, and that works well for some people and their workloads and schedules. However, it is certainly possible to graduate in 4 or even fewer years. In order to do that, though, you need to make sure you take an adequate number of credits each semester, about 16 credits on average. Some brave souls try to take 18 or even 20-22 credits a semester, which I do not recommend unless you are okay with not having a job, social life, or a decent night’s rest for the entire semester.


  1. Consult with your advisor, but come to your advising meeting prepared

Your academic advisor is an amazing asset when walking through this college journey. Not only do they know your program of study, but they will get to know you personally and will be able to recommend what courses and professors you should and shouldn’t take, knowing what and who will suit you the best. However, it is not their job to come up with your entire schedule for you and plan out every aspect of your college career. It is their job to assist you and guide you, but it is your responsibility to come prepared with a tentative schedule for next semester. From there, they can recommend changes to your schedule as they see fit.

Additionally, if you do not see a class you need being offered, ask your advisor about independent study options or a MOP (modification of program). They will know what these mean and whether they are a good option for you moving forward.


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Small-town Ohio native and sophomore Adolescence English Education major at Nyack Rockland. Lover of books, coffee, and nature. My talents include eating, consuming too much caffeine, napping, and making things awkward. Oxford comma supporter.