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EIU Department of Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle Level Education

Departmental Undergraduate Advisement 

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments can be scheduled online by clicking on the following links:

     Jeff Duck -

     John Coffey -

Can I call or email with a "quick question"?

Absolutely.  However, quick questions often lead to lengthy conversations with reference to documents and/or websites.  Since our departmental undergraduate advisors are available year-round, please make an effort to meet by appointment in the office for the most accurate and comprehensive exchange of information.  Drop-in appointments may be available during some periods of the semester.

John Coffey:  581-7893,
Jeff Duck:  581-7895,

Who is my assigned advisor?

Please visit your PAWS account and click on the Student Records tab.  Continue to View Student Information and select the current semester. 

Registration Advisement / Waitlist Forms

Students assigned to advisors in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education may begin meeting for registration advisement on February 27, 2017 for the Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 terms.  Sign-up sheets will be available in Buzzard 2171.  No phone calls for appointments will be accepted.

All ELE/MLE upper division professional courses must be paper waitlisted in the department.  Forms can be printed, or obtained in Buzzard 2171.  Please read all instructions carefully and submit the waitlist forms following the schedule listed at the top of the paper.

Fall 2017 C.O.R.E. 1 - Waitlist Form (pdf)
Fall 2017 C.O.R.E. 2 - Waitlist Form (pdf)
Fall 2017 C.O.R.E. 3 - Waitlist Form (pdf)
Fall 2017 ELE/MLE 4890 - Waitlist Form (pdf)

Summer 2017 ELE/MLE 4890t - Waitlist Form (pdf)

Be prepared for your appointment 

Please bring a Request to Add form to your registration advising session and be aware of the days and times assigned to the courses you will be discussing.  Bring a copy of the long-range plan and updated checklist your advisor previously provided, and a list of the courses you plan to add to your schedule.  Review your online degree audit (PAWS-DARS) and be aware of the remaining requirements/courses for your program.  The online degree audit will also show which requirements for University Admission to Teacher Education have been documented, and which requirements remain, as steps for progression into professional coursework.

Check your EIU email!

Announcements and personal messages from university offices, instructors, and advisors will be sent to your EIU email (panthermail) account.  It is very important for students to monitor this account on a daily basis.  If you are having trouble with your panthermail account, contact 581-HELP for assistance.

What is required for my program of study?

Your advisor will assist you with understanding your catalog and curriculum requirements by using a checklist. Feel free to ask your advisor for an updated copy during your registration advisement appointment.   Printable blank copies are available here.  Students should become familiar with the online degree audit available through their PAWS account.  Advisors can teach you how to use this tool as well.

Minimum Grade Requirement in Courses for Teacher Certification Programs

All students graduating after December 2011 with a teacher certification major must receive a grade of "C" or better in all courses, regardless where they are taken, used toward graduation including general education, professional education, major and minor courses, all university required courses, and electives.  Furthermore, any course used for the purpose of adding endorsements to a teaching certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Schedule Planner

Schedule Planner  is now available on PAWS to help students find class times that best fit into their busy schedules.  Utilizing this system will allow students to schedule classes around work or other events such as practice. To find Schedule Planner, sign into PAWS, click on the Student menu, go to the Registration menu and look for the Schedule Planner link at the top of the items listed.  For more information on using this tool, please go to . 

*Please remember that choosing courses using Schedule Planner does not add them to your schedule.  You may print the schedule created using Schedule Planner but you must still use the "Add or Drop Classes" link in PAWS to add courses to your schedule. 

Students arranging C.O.R.E. Schedules:  Instead of listing the individual C.O.R.E. courses in Schedule Planner, add "Breaks" to your weekly schedule.  For example, C.O.R.E. students with morning arranged practicum should add breaks on MTWRF 8:00-12:35.  C.O.R.E. with afternoon arranged practicum should add breaks on MTWRF 12:00-4:00 (or 4:30).  This will prevent other AM (or PM) courses added into time slots that may appear available in the Schedule Planner program.  Remember to take practicum travel into consideration.  Practicum sites may be up to an hour from campus.   

When do I register?

Registration dates are published by the Office of the Registrar (Registration and Records).


Additional Information

  • University Admission to Teacher Education

  • Admission to Teacher Education Meetings

  • What should I be doing now? 

  • Letter of Intent information.

  • LiveText

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Contact Information

Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6300

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