Meet Your KIN Advisors! From L to R: Academic Advisors Becky Olsen, Jennifer Watson, Mike Haslett, Amy Tratt & Career Consultant Pepa Casselman

Advisors at Michigan State University are full-time professionals whose purpose is to empower students to develop and implement sound educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals and career paths. Housed in the College of Education (Erickson Hall) are four full-time academic advisors and one full-time career consultant.  Your Advisors

Advisors serve as guides to:

  •  Encourage students to find ways and access resources to reach their academic and professional goals
  •  Support students along the way to help them fine tune and/or augment their goals as needed
  •  Help students make connections between experiences both inside and outside the classroom

Academic Advising vs. Career Advising

While academic advisors are happy and willing to talk to students about any part of the collegiate experience, the primary focus of these appointments revolves around degree completion.  Academic advisors are there to assist you in your journey to achieve a college degree, first and foremost.

Although you may briefly talk to your academic advisor about intended career plans, career advisors (consultants) are there to offer deeper conversations focused on career exploration, developing a professional plan, and strategizing how to spend your “free” time outside-the-classroom to help you become a more marketable candidate for graduate/professional school or the working world. It’s never too early (or too late!) to meet with your college career advisor.

To learn more about what to talk to your career consultant about, see the career services page on the College of Education website.

How to Schedule an Advising Appointment

Academic Advising

There are two types of academic advising advising appointments in our department: 1) Scheduled appointments 2) Walk-in advising. To schedule an appointment, please use the following steps:

  1. Click
  2. Log in using your NetID and password
  3. Select “Get Advising” (Blue button near the top right-hand corner)
  4. Select Education College Advising
  5. Choose the topic you wish to discuss (Kinesiology, Coaching Minor, etc.)
  6. Select “Any Advisor” or the specific KIN advisor that you wish to meet with
  7. Choose a time-slot that works for you, or select “View Walk-in Times”
  8. If you choose a time-slot, consider setting a reminder
  9. Add a comment for your advisor, if appropriate
  10. Select Confirm Appointment

These appointments are typically 30 minutes in length, and are designed to foster lengthier conversations as compared to our walk-in slots. During scheduled appointments, advisors can assist you with class scheduling, course-load balance, study strategies, internship/career advice, graduation plans, and any other issue you encounter during your collegiate experience.

Walk-in advising hours are designed to be more brief in nature. These appointments typically last between 5-15 minutes. For example, creating a four-year plan would not be an appropriate walk-in request. Our walk-in hours for fall 2017 are as follows:

Mondays 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Tuesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 – 11:00 am

Career Advising

For career advising over winter or summer breaks, please email Pepa Casselman directly at

Career advising appointments are not found on the same scheduling system as academic advising appointments. To make an appointment with a career advisor, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Handshake account using your Net ID and password (Handshake replaced MySpartanCareer as of June 2016)
  2. Click on”Appointments” on the left Navigation Bar
  3. Select the Appointment Category that best meets your needs
  4. Select the Appointment Type that best fits the assistance you are seeking
  5. Choose your college career advisor (College of Education) or an all majors advisor from the list of staff members
  6. Select the date and time from the available appointments
  7. Fill in any additional information to share with the advisor to help your advisor prepare for your appointment
  8. Click on the green “Request” button

For additional details on requesting an appointment, please visit the Handshake Help Site or our helpful Appointment Scheduling Guide.

These appointments are typically 30 minutes in length and can cover topics ranging from resumes/cover letters, internships, career planning and exploration, and more. For a full list of career-related topics, please see the career services page on the College of Education website.

Need help with your resume or cover letter? Walk-in appointments with the College of Education Career Peer Advisor are available for resume and cover letter assistance two days a week in 134 Erickson Hall.

Tuesdays 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Thursdays 9:00 – 10:30 am

Peer Advising

Peer advisors are students helping students. All Peer Advisors can advise for Kinesiology/Athletic Training and all Teacher Preparation Programs (Elementary/Special Education & Secondary).

They can assist you with major/minor selection, admission requirements, resource referrals, and general advising questions.  To schedule an appointment, use the scheduling system and select Peer Academic Advising after you choose Education College Advising.

Preparing for an Advising Appointment

Academic Advising

Career Advising

Use the Career Planning section of the KIN-nections website to help you prepare for your career advising appointment. It is a good idea to have thought about and begun researching career options, possible internship sites, career resources, and graduate school requirements prior to the meeting. The more information and questions you come to the appointment ready to discuss, the deeper and more valuable the conversation will be.

Pre-professional Advising

In addition to your College of Education academic and career advisors, Michigan State offers advising services for those students who are interested in health careers. MSU Pre-professional advisors are housed in the College of Natural Science, and provide advice on the pursuit of a number of health careers, including:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Public Health
  • And more…

The Pre-professional advising page can be accessed through the following link. To schedule an appointment, follow the same protocol as you would for an academic advising appointment.

  • Click
  • Log in using your NetID and password
  • Select “Get Advising” (Blue button near the top right-hand corner)
  • Select Natural Science Advising
  • Choose the topic you wish to discuss.  We have found that “Pre-medical” is the closest option for allied health programs such as PT, PA, OT, etc.
  • Select “Any Advisor” or the specific Pre-Professional advisor you wish to meet with
  • Choose a time-slot that works for you, or select “View Walk-in Times”
  • If you choose a time-slot, consider setting a reminder
  • Add a comment for your advisor, if appropriate
  • Select Confirm Appointment

Pre-professional advisors do not replace your major advisors. These appointments serve as an additional resource for those of you seeking admission to post-graduate programs in the health field.