fall 2020 Advising Information

Advising procedure in TEAL is structured differently for the Fall 2020 semester in an effort to maintain a safe environment for students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Advisors are currently available to assist students virtually. Beginning the week of September 21, 2020, students can schedule virtual or in-person appointments. Virtual appointments are strongly encouraged.

Appointment Types

Virtual Appointments:
All TEAL advisors are available for virtual appointments during business hours. This format is strongly encouraged during the Fall 2020 semester. Virtual appointments will take place during the scheduled time using video conferencing software (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Google Meet). Appointment confirmation messages in Connect will include a link to the software being used, and advising documents will be shared electronically by advisors before or at the start of each appointment.

In-Person Appointments:
TEAL advisors have in-person availability on select days (check available appointment types for your advisor in Connect). Facemasks are required at all times during in-person appointments and the check-in process. Students checking in for an in-person appointment should also apply hand sanitizer using the station by the door immediately upon entering the lobby. Students are encouraged to arrive for their appointment on time. Due to the small size of the TEAL lobby and the need to socially distance, students who arrive early for their appointment may be asked to wait in the central COED building lobby and will be notified via text or phone call when their advisor is available. Students arriving for in-person appointments should maintain six feet of distance from others at all times.

TEAL advisors are available to see walk-in students during business hours. However, appointments are strongly preferred to avoid crowding in the lobby and potential wait times. Because not all advisors are available for walk-in appointments during all business hours, students with an assigned advisor in TEAL should check the availability of their advisor in Connect before visiting.

Scheduling Appointments

Current Cato COED Students:
Appointments can be scheduled in Connect (accessible through To request a virtual appointment, select Teacher Education Advising and Licensure, Virtual as the advising location. To request an in-person appointment, select Teacher Education Advising and Licensure as the advising location. Available advising locations by advisor vary throughout each week.

Prospective Cato COED Students:
Contact the TEAL Office at 704-687-8725 or to request an appointment. Students should indicate their preference for virtual or in-person advising.


General Information

The TEAL Office is the starting point for students seeking an initial professional educator’s license through an undergraduate program or the Graduate Certificate in Teaching. Advisors are typically available to current and prospective students Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 6:00pm.

TEAL advisors will accommodate walk-ins as much as possible, but making an appointment is recommended. Prospective students may meet with any available TEAL advisor and can schedule an appointment by calling the TEAL front office at 704-687-8725 or contacting the advisor assigned to their last name directly. Current students are expected to meet with their assigned advisor unless exceptional circumstances prevent this from happening. The easiest way for current students to schedule an appointment is in Connect (accessible through

Students who need to cancel an appointment should do so in Connect as soon as possible so that the time can be made available to others. Students who do not show up for two back-to-back appointments during pre-registration advising (October and March) without cancelling beforehand will be unable to schedule another appointment through Connect without first speaking with their advisor. 

We encourage all students to prepare for their visit to TEAL by bringing a list of questions and viewing their DegreeWorks audit (accessible through in advance.

Students will be asked to complete a brief anonymous survey at the end of each appointment. Please take a few minutes to tell us how we’re doing! Students are also welcome to contact the TEAL Director, Dr. Brad Smith (, 704-687-8815), directly to provide feedback.

Undergraduate Majors

All undergraduate education majors begin as pre-majors (e.g., Pre-Elementary Education) and have an assigned advisor in TEAL. Pre-education majors may meet with their advisor as often as needed but must meet at least once per semester in order to have their registration hold removed. The month leading up to registration (October for Spring, March for Summer/Fall) is the busiest time of year for TEAL advisors, so students are encouraged to make their appointments early.

Pre-education majors are assigned to advisors by last names. Students with last names beginning with:

Current pre-education majors can schedule an appointment with their assigned advisor in Connect (accessible through Prospective pre-education majors can schedule an appointment by calling the TEAL front office at 704-687-8725 or by contacting the advisor assigned to their last name directly.

Pre-education majors who meet all admission requirements to teacher education and have formally declared their major are advised by a faculty member in the major department.

Undergraduate Minors

Students who plan to declare the Minor in Secondary Education (SECD) or the Minor in Foreign Language Education (FLED) can do so by meeting with an advisor in TEAL. Because both programs lead to an initial professional educator’s license, all teacher education admission requirements must be met before students can formally declare the minors and begin coursework. Course sequences for the SECD and FLED minors should be started in the spring of junior year. Interested students are encouraged to meet with an advisor in TEAL no later than sophomore year to discuss the minor(s) and admission requirements. Once admitted, SECD and FLED minors are advised by Dr. Adam Myers, a faculty member in the MDSK Department.

The Minor in Child and Family Development (CHFD) is also declared through TEAL. Interested students must have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA to declare. Once admitted to the CHFD minor, students are assigned a minor advisor in TEAL.

The Minor in Applied Understandings in Global Education (AUGE) can be declared by contacting the program director, Dr. Michael Putman (, directly. Similarly, students interested in declaring the Minor in Urban Youth and Communities (CUYC) should contact the program director, Dr. Susan Harden (

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and RALC Candidates

Prospective students for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching are advised in TEAL by Mr. Josh Avery (, 704-687-8727) and Ms. Liz Adkisson (, 704-687-8882). Mr. Avery and Ms. Adkisson can provide information about the program and guide students through the admissions process. Once admitted, students are advised by a faculty member in their major department.

Post-baccalaureate students completing RALC plans of study are advised by Mr. Josh Avery. All prospective and admitted RALC candidates should contact Mr. Avery for assistance with registration. Students who did not submit a RALC plan of study as part of their application will be asked to provide one prior to registering for courses.