Academic Advising

Undergraduate Academic Advising

Welcome to Academic Advising Services in the College of Education and Human Services!

The goal of academic advising is to help our undergraduate students create an academic plan towards graduation. Through advising, students become familiar with the requirements for general education and completion of their specific degree program.  We are also available to assist in solving any academic problems students may encounter during their time at Montclair State University.

More specifically, advisors in the Student Success Center are here to assist students who have declared a major in one of the College of Education and Human Services departments.  Declared students are not assigned a specific advisor, but can meet with any advisor on a walk-in or appointment basis.  Students can schedule an appointment with an advisor on the Meet the Staff page.

Students with undeclared majors are assigned an advisor through the Center for Advising and Student Transitions; however, our advisors are happy to meet with students interested in a major within the College of Education and Human Services to provide them with additional information.

Although upperclassmen are not required to meet with an advisor prior to the start of each semester, it is strongly recommended that you meet with someone prior to every semester to stay on track.

MANDATORY ADVISING: 

Full-time first year/freshmen students at Montclair State University are required to meet with an advisor PRIOR to registering for courses for the spring semester of their freshman year.

Students with less than 30 credits are also required to meet with an advisor prior to registering for courses for the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Students will need a registration pin in order to register for classes. Without this pin, students will be prevented from registering for courses until they meet with their advisor.

TRANSFER STUDENT ADVISING:

Transfer students will work with their respective Department Advisor/Administrator for their major to create a course schedule for their first semester at Montclair State University.  Advisors in the Student Success Center are available to review this schedule and discuss future plans after the student has first met with their Department Administrator. 

INCOMING FIRST-YEAR STUDENT ADVISING:

Incoming first-year students will have their schedules developed for them, and will be available once the student has attended orientation. Incoming first-year students with questions about their schedule should contact their respective Department Advisor/Administrator for their major.

CEHS Academic Advising Services will provide services for the following:  

  • Identifying and creating a plan for degree requirements
  • Reviewing degree audit
  • Assistance in selecting and declaring a major, minor, and/or concentration
  • Referral to college and campus resources
  • Assisting with forms necessary for multiple academic needs (i.e. credit adjustments)


Breakdown by Department:

Exercise Science and Physical Education

  • Transfer students should meet with Ed Saavedra prior to their first semester to discuss transfer credits and degree requirements.
  • Students will be assigned a faculty mentor based on their major.
  • Those students who are pursing teacher certification will also be assigned a teacher education advisor within the Center of Pedagogy.

Family and Child Studies

  • All students in Family and Child Studies as well as those interested in getting into Family and Child Studies will see Christopher Cottle, Department Advisor for Family and Child Studies.
  • Students in Family and Child Studies will also be assigned to a Faculty mentor for specific career advice.
  • Those pursuing teacher certification will also be assigned a teacher education advisor within the Center of Pedagogy.
  • Family and Child Studies FAQs

Nutrition and Food Studies

  • Transfer students should meet with Maddy Antosiewicz prior to their first semester to discuss transfer credits and degree requirements.
  • After sophomore year, students will be assigned a faculty mentor based on their concentration and area of interest in the field.

Public Health

  • Transfer students should meet with Ann Schurmann prior to their first semester to discuss transfer credits and degree requirements.
  • After sophomore year, students will be assigned a faculty mentor based on their area of interest in the field.

Teacher Education

For students who are interested in pursuing Teacher Certification please visit the Center of Pedagogy here:  http://www.montclair.edu/cehs/academics/centers-and-institutes/cop/admission/

NOTE: Teacher education is NOT a major. It is a separate program to which a student must apply on top of their major. Please visit the webpage above to see the majors associated with teacher certification.