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Academic Advising and Other Student Services

Undergraduate Advising and Academic Dean's Office—Education Academic Services (EAS)
Student Diversity Services
Education Portfolios and Career Services (EPCS)
MERIT Library
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

Undergraduate Advising and Academic Dean's Office—Education Academic Services (EAS)

139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall; 608-262-1651

Education Academic Services (EAS) is the undergraduate dean's office for students in the School of Education. Staff members interpret school regulations, policies, and program requirements; take exceptions around requirements and deadlines; advise current and prospective students; monitor students having academic difficulties; coordinate field placements; facilitate the program admissions process; and maintain the official files of students in the school.

Students should meet with an advisor during their first semester on campus (if not before) and should consider meeting with an advisor at least once a semester. This is particularly important during the freshman and sophomore years. Appointments may be arranged by calling or visiting the office. Current materials on undergraduate program admission and graduation requirements are available on this site.

Students will find that questions can be answered by and guidance sought from EAS advisors. EAS staff members consult with and refer students to faculty members and department advisors. Once a student is admitted to a professional program within the School of Education, he or she will also be assigned a faculty or staff advisor. Advising then becomes a partnership, with EAS advisors continuing to help students with course selection, degree progress monitoring, academic difficulties, and interpretation of policies and procedures.

Program advisors help students select and plan a program of study in the major, negotiate issues within the department, and, in the case of certification programs, follow the students' progress through their professional courses. These divisions are flexible, and students are encouraged to consult with all advisors who can help with a situation or answer a question.

Student Diversity Services

105 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-890-2580 or 608-201-4244

The UW–Madison School of Education is committed to increasing diversity in its programs and being at the forefront of preparing students from ethnically underrepresented backgrounds to enter and excel in higher education.

Student Diversity Programs (SDP) houses programs that serve students from K–12 to those interested in graduate school.  These programs include:

  • College Access Program (CAP): A three-week residential pre-college program preparing high school students for college admission, majors, and future careers.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention (OURR): A team of staff who work collaboratively with campus and community partners to connect with students interested in majors in the School of Education. In addition to recruiting, the OURR office staff also meet with current students on a regular basis to assist students with issues such as the transition from high school to college, financial aid, academic requirements, and career exploration. The office also offers community building and professional development opportunities for students preparing to enter a teaching profession as well as for those preparing to enter the job market.
  • American Indian Curriculum Services: An office that provides assistance to teacher education faculty, staff, and students about the teaching and learning of Wisconsin American Indian's history, cultures, and sovereignty in the K–12 schools.
  • Summer Education Research Program (SERP): An eight-week residential summer research program for undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees. Program participants conduct research projects under the supervision of their faculty mentors, learn how to prepare themselves for graduate school, and present their final project in front of faculty members and peers.
  • Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed–GRS): A fellowship program which provides not only funding to graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds, but also professional development opportunities, community building activities, and opportunities to connect with faculty members. 

Students are invited to visit SDP at 105 Education Building—stop in or call one of the numbers listed above to set up an appointment.

Education Portfolios and Career Services (EPCS)

141 Educational Sciences Building, 1025 West Johnson St., 608-262-1755

Education Portfolios and Career Services, (EPCS), integrates its dual mission to support both students’ growth and their success in transition to their chosen profession. EPCS works with UW–Madison School of Education students over the course of their program to develop portfolios that facilitate and demonstrate their growth as professionals. While portfolios are a requirement for professional educator licenses, EPCS is happy to work to help all programs and students in developing meaningful portfolios. EPCS integrates portfolio support with students’ programs wherever possible, or works individually with students upon their request. Support for portfolios includes online accounts where students develop, publish and connect their portfolio work to instructors, clinical supervisors, fellow students and prospective employers. EPCS also provides specialized portfolio learning sessions and lab spaces for portfolio writing.

EPCS stays with students and alumni from all School of Education programs to help them with career decision and job search. EPCS career services includes all aspects of a thorough job search including professional credential service, online and print portfolio, job vacancy information, and job search consultation. The online credential includes a two-page resume, transcript copies, and authentic references with optional cover letters. Candidates can make custom letter selection and re-order for each credential request online. The credentials can be delivered by mail, email, WECAN, and file uploads.

A consultant staff is available to assist individuals in making career decisions, preparing letters of application, resumes, using portfolios, strengthening interviewing skills and planning the job search. Information is available about alternative careers, computerized job banks, salaries and job market trends.

Students register with EPCS and set up their portfolio account as soon as they begin a School of Education program. It is recommended that students activate their job search account at the beginning of the school year in which they expect to enter the job market. Any student contemplating entering the School of Education and wishing information on careers is encouraged to contact EPCS.

MERIT Library

301 Teacher Education Building, 608-263-4750

MERIT Library provides collections and services designed to meet the needs for educational resources, media and computer support of the students, faculty and staff of the School of Education. Collections include:

  • Pre K–12 Collection. This collection is composed of materials for kindergarten, elementary and secondary education. Textbooks, handbooks of classroom activities, videotapes and computer files are inter-shelved according to subject area, along with juvenile fiction, nonfiction trade books, and other audiovisual items that are representative of materials found in a school library media center.
  • Professional Education Collection. This collection includes titles in the areas of theory and practice of education, curriculum development, teacher education, educational psychology, special education, physical education and dance, educational technology, educational testing and measurement, childhood development, adult and vocational education, counseling and guidance, and educational administration related to preschool through grade 12 education.

All materials are listed in MadCat, the campus library catalog.

Other specialized collections include the Educational Testing Service Collection and over 300 journals on K–12 education. Services include:

  • Reference and instructional services. Provides assistance and instruction in finding information in the MERIT Library, other campus libraries, electronic databases, and internet resources in education.
  • Computing and outreach services. Macintosh and PC-based open computing areas and classrooms are available. Workshops focused on technology literacy and current software applications are provided to faculty, students, and staff. Individual consultation available by appointment. Outreach services activities involve professional development partnerships with area schools.
  • Media and equipment services. Provides a variety of audiovisual and computer equipment for short term loan to students, staff and faculty in the School of Education. Services include laptops, computer projectors, digital cameras and digital camcorders, digital voice recorders, audio and video editing, laminating, color and poster printing.
  • Web and communication services. School of Education instructors and staff can request network space, online course management space, Web space, and electronic video streaming in support of instruction.

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)

4290 Helen C. White Hall, 608-263-3720
ccbcinfo@education.wisc.edu, www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/

The CCBC is a library of the School of Education that provides Education students, faculty, and staff with a noncirculating collection of children's and adolescent literature. The CCBC also serves other adults on campus and across the state who are interested in literature for the young, including Wisconsin teachers and school and public librarians.

This nationally unique library is the primary resource on campus and elsewhere for contemporary books published for children and young adults from preschool through middle/junior high ages. CCBC resources include extensive reference materials about literature for the young and a wide range of books for children and adolescents, including a book examination collection of new and recently published books, a comprehensive collection of contemporary books, books by Wisconsin authors and artists, historical literature from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and books published by small publishers. The CCBC is nationally known for its services related to intellectual freedom and multicultural literature.

As a library of the School of Education, the CCBC is committed to being a vital part of the teacher education experience on campus. The CCBC noncirculating collection provides immediate access to a wide range of literature for the young. CCBC librarians are available to meet with education students to help them identify children's and adolescent literature to fulfill class assignments, as well as to use in practicum and student teaching classrooms. Librarians are also available to meet with faculty and teaching assistants to discuss children's and young adult literature as it relates to the courses they are teaching.

The CCBC website provides full-text access to many national children's and young adult literature awards and recommended lists as well as specialized bibliographies from CCBC staff. CCBC–Net is an electronic book discussion forum open to any interested adult.