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. It allows students to become aware of what the general education requirements are, what requirements they need to meet in order to complete their specific degree program, as well as aides in solving any academic problems students may encounter during their time as a student at Montclair State University.

Montclair State University assigns an advisor to every student. Those students with undeclared majors are assigned an advisor through the Center for Advising and Student Transitions. Those students who have declared a major in one of the College of Education and Human Services departments will be assigned an advisor through the Student Success Center and/or your department. Although you are not required to meet with your advisor prior to the start of each semester, it is strongly recommended that you meet with him or her prior to every semester to stay on track.

MANDATORY FRESHMEN ADVISING: Full-time first year/freshmen students at Montclair State University are required to meet with their advisor PRIOR to registering for courses for the Spring semester of their freshman year AND PRIOR to registering for courses for their 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.

CEHS Academic Advising Services will provide services for the following:  

  • All new incoming undergraduate students will work with the advisors in Academic Advising Services within the Student Success Center.
  • Academic Advising Services will also see all students who are interested in declaring one of the majors or minors within the College.
  • Upperclassmen are welcome to visit the center for general questions but will be assigned a faculty mentor within their field of study who can assist them with more specific questions about the field discipline. 

Breakdown by Department:

Exercise Science and Physical Education

  • All new incoming first year students will see an academic advisor in academic advising services within the Student Success Center. All students will also be assigned a faculty mentor based on their major. Students who are pursing teacher certification will also be assigned a teacher education advisor within the Center of Pedagogy.

Family and Child Studies

  • All student 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 advisor and for those who are pursuing teacher certification, they will also have a teacher education advisor within the Center of Pedagogy.
  • Family and Child Studies FAQs

Nutrition and Food Studies

  • All new incoming first year students and transfer students will see an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Services within the Student Success Center. After sophomore year students will then be assigned a faculty mentor based on their concentration and area of interest in the field. Students who are already assigned a faculty mentor will remain with their faculty mentor.

Public Health

  • All new incoming first year students and transfer students will see an academic advisor in the Academic Advising Services within the Student Success Center. After sophomore year students will then be assigned a faculty mentor based on their concentration and area of interest in the field. Students who are already assigned a faculty mentor will remain with their faculty mentor.

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 a student needs to apply to on top of their major. Please visit the webpage above to see what majors are associated with teacher certification.