Missouri State University

Academic Advising for Post-Bac and Alternative Program Students

Post-Bac and Graduate-Level Teacher Certification Students are advised by either full-time, professional advisors in the Teacher Certification Office, or by program faculty in the academic department of their certification program.  Because Missouri State houses many different post-bac and graduate level programs, please refer to the list below for detailed information regarding advisors for each program area.

How do I find who my advisor is?  There are two ways to locate the name of your advisor:

  • Log into "My Missouri State".  Click on the "Academics" tab, and then go to your Advising Note/Releases.  Here you will find the name and email address for your advisor, as well as any notes your advisor has made regarding your academics.
  • Call the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772.  Our staff can look up your advisor.  This may be necessary if you have more than one advisor because you are pursuing both post-bac certification and a Master's Degree at the same time.

Post-Bac, Teacher Certification Students:  Currently all post-bac, teacher certification students are advised by a Professional Education Advisor/Transcript Analyst in the Teacher Certification Office.  These advisors are full-time, 12 month employees at Missouri State and are dedicated to providing the best quality advising to students.  All advisors in the Teacher Certification Office are required to earn and maintain Master Advisor status at Missouri State. Advisors have experience working as a teacher in a K-12 school environment, and can assist students with selecting the best program option, course sequencing, registration, job search tips, transfer course re-evaluation and a host of other advising questions. 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Students:  All MAT students are advised by a Professional Education Advisor/Transcript Analyst in the Teacher Certification Office.  These advisors are full-time, 12 month employees at Missouri State and are dedicated to providing the best quality advising to students.  All advisors in the Teacher Certification Office are required to earn and maintain Master Advisor status at Missouri State. Advisors have experience working as a teacher in a K-12 school environment, and can assist students with selecting the best program option, course sequencing, registration, job search tips and a host of other advising questions.

Counseling and School Psychological Examiner Certification Students:  All post-bac and graduate degree-seeking Counseling and School Psych Examiner students are advised by a faculty advisor in the Counseling, Leadership and Special Education Department.  In addition, these students will establish and maintain a certification file in the Teacher Certification Office.  All advising questions should be directed to the student's academic advisor.  All certification-related questions should be directed to the Director of Student Services - Certification Officer. 

Special Education Alternative Certification Track (SEACT) Students:  All SEACT Students are advised by a faculty advisor in the Counseling, Leadership and Special Education Department.  In addition, these students will establish and maintain a certification file in the Teacher Certification Office.  All advising questions should be directed to the student's academic advisor.  All certification-related questions should be directed to the Director of Student Services - Certification Officer.

Visually Impaired Program (VIP):  Students pursuing Blind and Partially Sighted certification though our VIP program are advised by a Professional Education Advisor/Transcript Analyst in the Teacher Certification Office.  These advisors are full-time, 12 month employees at Missouri State and are dedicated to providing the best quality advising to students.  All advisors in the Teacher Certification Office are required to earn and maintain Master Advisor status at Missouri State. Advisors have experience working as a teacher in a K-12 school environment, and can assist students with selecting the best program option, course sequencing, registration, job search tips and a host of other advising questions.  Because many of the VIP students are from out of state, completing this coursework online, advising via phone, email and Skype is available.  In addition, those students who decide to complete the MSED in Special Education as part of their program will also be assigned to a faculty advisor in the Counseling, Leadership and Special Education department.