Academic Advising

One of the unique features of the undergraduate teacher education programs is the high level of advising provided for every student.

Each student will be assigned a UTEC advisor, in addition to their Major Advisor and Academic Coach, to provide support in navigating through the program. Advisors are assigned to students based on their majors. It is required to have an advising session a minimum of once every semester. During advising sessions, students collaborate with their advisors to continually develop their individual academic plan and identify areas of support.

All UTEC students have advising holds placed on their registration before advising begins. The hold is lifted after the UTEC advising session has been accomplished. There may be requirements, in addition to attending an advising session, which need to be fulfilled before the UTEC hold can be lifted. All conditions are explained during advising. Not having the advising hold lifted before the first day of registration renders a UTEC student unable to take advantage of priority registration, which can have a negative impact on a student’s schedule.

Upon the conclusion of advising, students are given a course plan for the upcoming semester. This course plan has information that is necessary for registration. Students will receive a copy of the course plan from their advisor.

IMPORTANT: Changes to the proposed schedule need to be discussed with a UTEC advisor prior to being implemented. Changing, adding or dropping particular classes may have unforeseen negative implications on future semesters.


Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation program participants interested in studying abroad must notify their UTEC advisor well in advance in order to ensure that this aligns with timely completion of the program. Your UTEC advisor will help you determine whether or not studying abroad is possible.

IMPORTANT: Students in the 4-year BA credential program are not able to study abroad based on their completion timeline. Contact your UTEC advisor if you have any interest in studying abroad.

UTEC advising and personalized guidance is available to any transfer student interested in our teacher preparation programs prior to attending USF. Our UTEC advisors are available to provide matriculation-to-graduation advising and create academic plans.

Contact our program manager, Melissa Hope (, for individualized advising.