Undergraduate Advising Center

The College of Education offers many pathways for undergraduate students to pursue a future in education, teaching, training, and social change. Gain the knowledge necessary to guide people of all ages through learning new skills and changing perspectives. Some pathways also lead to eligibility for licenses that are required to teach in public school classrooms.   

The Undergraduate Advising Center (education@umass.edu) in the College of Education is here to guide you to success throughout your time at UMass Amherst and beyond. We are here to help you explore your interests, choose a curriculum that works for you, articulate your goals as a community or classroom educator, and engage your community.

Advising Resources for Undergraduates

Exploratory Track

Support and advising for students in Education without a declared major

New at UMass? The exploratory program is designed to give you a strong sense of belonging within the university and college while still encouraging you to explore options across campus. Exploratory track advising through the college of education helps you learn about your options and hone in on your interests to create a path that is dynamic and rewarding.

Advising for Your Major

Major-specific advising to make the most of your studies

Once you declare your major, meet with your academic advisor regularly. Your advisor helps you plan the courses that fulfill your major requirements while meeting your interests and goals. They also guide you toward research and other opportunities that complement your studies.

Advising for Your License

Make sure you have what you need to get your license

Many teaching roles require a license in addition to a degree. Many of our pathways lead to an initial license to teach in PreK-2nd grade classrooms (Early Childhood Education), middle and high schools (University to Schools), and to support students of all abilities (Special Education).


Advising Contacts

Undergraduate Advising Center

Contact the Center via email at education@umass.edu

120 Furcolo Hall

Community Education and Social Change & Pre-licensure Advising

Alexandra Lackard
Academic Advisor for Community Education and Social Change & Pre-licensure Advising
120 Furcolo Hall

Advising Resources for Graduate Students

All of the programs in the college that offer graduate degrees have an assigned advisor for graduate students. We encourage you to meet with these advisors regularly, especially in your first year. Contact your department to find out more.