Education 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 Education Advising Center ( 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.

Undergraduate Curriculum Advising

Choose your courses, fulfill your requirements, connect to campus activities

What courses should you take? Are you on track to complete your graduation requirements? Are you prepared to apply for your license (and do you need one for what you plan to do)? What co-curricular activities would be a good fit for you? Looking for information on internships and study abroad? These are just a sample of important questions that are addressed through the Education Advising Office.

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).

Career and Professional Development

Prepare for life after UMass

The College of Education provides you with resources and advising to support you wherever you are on your career-planning path. Whether you’re seeking an internship, licensing, or starting to think about life after graduation, we’re here to assist you in crafting a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. After graduation, the college is here to offer higher level degrees, additional certifications, and professional development.

Advising Contacts

Education Advising Center

Contact advisors in the center via email at

License-related questions can also be sent to

Exploratory Track Advising

Chanti Chanthavong
Academic Advisor for Exploratory Track Students
UMass Amherst College of Education, W151 Furcolo | (413) 545-6107


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.