Sample Four-Year Plan

Making a program plan

  • Check your AER for accuracy. Check with the Center for Student Success if your AER is not accurate.
  • Explore the advising/registration software through the search and register for classes on the Student Resources page
  • Create a draft plan:
    • In the "Schedule" tab, click the "+" button to add a term. 
    • On the "Course Catalog" page or search bar, search for the courses you want and then click the "Add to Course Plan" button. 
      • Click and drag courses from one semester to another easily in the "Timeline" tab
      • The "Advising" tab is used for tracking items to remember for your program plan. 
  • Check for prerequisite requirements (e.g., EDUC 322 must be taken before EDUC 326).
  • Make a note of courses that are only offered in fall, interim, or spring.
  • Fill in your target semester for student teaching.
  • Fill in courses only offered during a particular semester or that require a particular sequence next (e.g., English majors must take ENGL 350 in the fall semester prior to student teaching).
  • Fill in the rest of the spaces in your schedule with your preferred number of semester hours each semester. Elementary education students should prioritize the following courses during the first two years if possible: EDUC 102 and 202, SCES 121 and 122, MATH 221 and 222, COMM 214, ENGL 340, and GEO 243.
  • Save some core courses for your last two years because there are many sections of HIST 151 and 152, PHIL 153, REL 121 and 131, etc. to choose from.  This will add flexibility during registration.
  • Recommended courses for all candidates (if not required for your program, these are completed as optional electives): the "Teaching and Learning with Technology" interim, IDIS 301: "Introduction to Bilingual and ESL Education," and EDUC 312: "Teaching Exceptional Students." 
  • Use interims efficiently. Often electives in your major and/or minor(s) can be fulfilled during interim.
  • Have your major/minor advisors and education advisor check your plan for accuracy.
  • Refer to your plan during advising and registration times.