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Patton College of Education Undergraduate Advising FAQs

Why do I need an Academic Advisor?

Your Academic Advisor is:

  • a one-stop resource and personal advocate for your success while here at Ohio University.
  • knowledgeable about your specific degree program/major, and is here to help you navigate through the process of being a student.
  • also knowledgeable about university policies and programs, and activities and clubs within The Patton College of Education.
  • can help you identify specific resources both on and off campus that may be helpful to you.
Who is my Academic Advisor?

The easiest way to identify your advisor is to log into MyStudentCenter and view your program advisor, listed in the right hand toolbar.

If you have your DARS printed, your advisor’s name will be listed in the top center part of your degree audit, underneath your personal information. To access your DARS electronically, first go to MyStudentCenter. Once logged in with your OHIO  ID and password, click on the bottom right hand corner “Advising Center (myDARS/TDCP)  tab. This will bring up your degree audit, which can also be downloaded as a PDF and used as an unofficial transcript.

When/How often should I meet with my Academic Advisor?

You will be required to meet with your advisor at least once per semester, during advising season so that you can go over your intended schedule and your advisor can release your advising hold. While these are the minimum required times to meet with your advisor, we certainly hope that you will come see us much more often! We are here every day to assist you with schedule conflicts, course/instructor issues, questions about academic policies and procedures, and any other issue related to your success here at Ohio University. The more often you meet or communicate with your advisor, the more helpful your advisor can be to you!

How do I schedule an appointment with my Academic Advisor?

It’s easy to schedule an appointment with your advisor. In fact, you are encouraged to meet with your advisor often since they are the most reliable resource of information, planning, and support for you. Your advisor can be contacted via email or telephone to set up a time convenient for the both of you. It is highly suggested to call the main office at 740-593-4400 to make an appointment as soon as possible.

The advising office holds walk-in hours from 5:00-7:00pm Monday-Wednesday, weeks 2-14, that do not require an appointment. There is also pop-in advising held every Thursday in the McCracken atrium  from 1:00-3:00pm, which serves as drop-in appointments to answer quick questions! 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, most advising appointments currently are happening remotely. 

How can I change my Academic Advisor?

Changing your advisor is simple and easy! We want you to have the best experience possible as part of The Patton College family. Please complete the Advisor Change Request Form, and deliver it to Marcy O’Brien in McCracken Hall, Suite 103.

How do I change my major?

Changing your major is a process that MUST be initiated by talking with your advisor! Each department within The Patton College of Education, as well as the various departments within colleges across Ohio University, has an individual and unique transfer process. It is imperative to meet with a Patton College of Education advisor first to make sure that you meet the requirements to transfer to the new major of your choice, as well as to receive pertinent information about the transfer process and the name of the appropriate contact individual within the new major.

Before meeting with your advisor to discuss a change in major, you should research your planned major. Good places to start are the major or department’s website (which you can find using the search feature on Ohio University’s homepage). You may also run a “what-if” DARS to see the requirements for your intended major prior to meeting.

 

How do I make changes to my schedule (ADD or DROP a class)?

Any changes that you make to your schedule during the registration period should first be discussed with your advisor to ensure that the changes won’t have negative implications for your degree progress. After talking with your advisor, you can add or drop a course by logging into MyStudentCenter and accessing the enroll page, under the academic tab.

Please be aware that many classes have prerequisites, or they may be restricted to certain majors or classifications. For questions regarding a specific course, please contact your advisor.

What is a Completion Plan?

Any changes that you make to your schedule during the registration period should first be discussed with your advisor to ensure that the changes won’t have negative implications for your degree progress. After talking with your advisor, you can add or drop a course by logging into MyStudentCenter and accessing the enroll page, under the academic tab.

Please be aware that many classes have prerequisites, or they may be restricted to certain majors or classifications. For questions regarding a specific course, please contact your advisor.

How do I apply for Teacher Candidacy and/or Advanced Standing?

You must have a current background check, tuberculosis test (TB Test) , and meet the specific requirements for credit hours, coursework, test scores, and GPA. They are all listed under the “Admission To” Section of your DARS.

Apply for Teacher Candidacy at https://webapps.ohio.edu/cems. Make sure you log in and push the apply button next to “Professional Education.”

Apply for Advanced Standing at https://webapps.ohio.edu/cems. Make sure you log in and push the apply button next to “Advanced Standing.”

If you cannot apply, please contact your advisor for further information.

Where can I get a background check?

You can get a background check done at Bobcat Depot (open 8:00AM- 4:00PM, located at 112 Baker Center) or at an Ohio Sheriff’s Office. You must get both BCI (Ohio) and FBI (National).

You must bring:

  1. Driver’s License or State ID
  2. Social Security Card (Or have your social security number memorized)
  3. Appropriate Code (Attach Code Document)
  4. Payment ($62 at Bobcat Depot)

You must send your background checks directly to:

The Patton College of Education
Office of Student Affairs
ATTN: Marcy O’Brien
103 McCracken Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Where can I go for a Tuberculosis Test (TB Test)?

This can be done with your primary care physician, or through Hudson Health Center on Campus (open 8:00AM- 4:00PM, located at 2 Health Center Dr.)

You must get a TB PPD skin test. This test requires two visits, initial and 72 hours later to have a nurse check the skin injection site, so be sure to plan accordingly.

What test scores do I need to get into Education Programs?

In order to get into the education programs within The Patton College of Education you must receive one of the following:

  • ACT: 21 comprehensive
  • SAT: 990 comprehensive (“old" SAT)
  • SAT: 1070 comprehensive (“new" SAT includes writing)
  • PRAXIS Core
    • Reading: 156
    • Math: 150
    • Writing: 162
How and when can I declare an education major?

To declare an education major, come to the front desk in 103 McCracken Hall. You can apply to become an education major at any time, but the paperwork is typically processed the first two weeks of each semester. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 to declare a teacher education major.

Is transportation provided for field experience?

Transportation is NOT provided for field experience. However, many student find carpooling with classmates very convenient.