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To set up an advising appointment, please email IPED's academic advisor, Mary Jo Gdovin, at

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IPED Advising

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Advising Structure and Requirements

Your advisor is an important component to your success. If you decide to apply to the program, you will meet with the advisor once per semester to ensure that you are on the right track. If you are interested in learning more about the program, your first step is to schedule an appointment with the advisor to learn more about what steps you need to take to begin.

Collaborative Advising Team

The Educator Preparation advisor, the lead of the Advising Team, is responsible for meeting with the student as soon as possible. The advisor will determine what other team members should be assigned to the Advising Team based on the students' chosen major and/or pathway. All admitted UW-Parkside students, in good standing, can indicate their intent to enter the Educator Preparation Program by declaring their plan with the Educator Preparation Program advisor in IPED, Mary Jo Gdovin, by filling out a Plan Declaration form, which creates an official record with the Registrar's Office of a student's intent to pursue an educator licensure endorsement.

Student Support in the Educator Preparation Program

Advising structure; circle of support around the teacher candidate

Educator Preparation Advising is a collaborative process. The advisor and student work as a team to develop a successful advisor/advisee relationship. Both the advisor and the student have important responsibilities in developing and maintaining this teamwork. The intent is to provide you with a full picture of your requirements and time-to-completion from an early point and to support you as you pursue your initial license.

Advising Contacts

Prior to Educator Preparation Program Admission

The Institute of Professional Educator Development has a dedicated advisor for all educator preparation programs. Students who are interested in an Educator Preparation Program should contact the Institute to schedule an appointment.

Mary Jo Gdovin, IPED advisor

  Advisor: Mary Jo Gdovin
  Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday
  Location: Molinaro D111
  Phone: (262) 595-2094
  Email (preferred):

Admitted to Educator Preparation Program Advising
Students admitted to the Educator Preparation Program will meet with our IPED advisor at least once per semester.

Academic Department Affiliate Advisors
Students should seek advising from the appropriate academic department affiliate listed below each semester. The affiliate is the expert in your academic content area and is familiar with the Educator Preparation Program and the requirements.

Biological Sciences
Robert Barber
GRNQ 0355
(262) 595-2419

Lori Allen
(262) 595-3420

English/Language Arts
Suzanne Swiderski
(262) 595-2363

Richard Walasek
MOLN 0221
(262) 595-2149

Zhaohui (George) Li
GRNQ 0339
(262) 595-2487

Ed Schmitt
MOLN 0131
(262) 595-2205

Jeffery Schmidt
GRNQ 319
(262) 595-2134

Alvaro Garcia                          
Political Science
Ross Astoria
GRNQ 0215
(262) 595-2067

Shi Hae Kim
(262) 595-2015

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345