The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) approaches advising with a holistic model tailored to support each student’s academic plans and the person as a whole. We strive to connect each student with the resources and tools they need to be successful throughout their journey with UVM.
Admitted first year students will meet their professional academic advisors in the summer before their first semester. At this meeting students will be asked to share their academic/personal goals and learn how to register for their first semester courses at UVM. Students will learn to navigate registration tools such as the Schedule of Courses and how to monitor their degree audit. Advisors can also help with planning for study abroad experiences and engaging with community partners.
Degree Audit and Important Steps for Success
Access and become familiar with your Degree Audit, the system that tracks your academic requirements and helps monitor your program progression.
Schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor who will help you navigate course requirements and develop a four-year plan to help ensure your academic success. This will help you to understand specific program benchmarks and requirements. If there are any discrepancies, work with your advisor or the Student Services office to resolve them.
Praxis Information for Teacher Education Students
If you are in a teacher preparation program, you will need to pass the Praxis Core (link to praxis page) exam before you can progress into your upper-level course work. This exam measures basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. For more information on passing scores and how to register for a test visit the Vermont Agency of Education. Your SAT/ACT scores can alternatively fulfill the Praxis Core (or specific portions of the exam) requirement (with passing SAT/ACT or ASVAB scores).