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Dear College of Education Undergraduate Students,

I write this email to assure you that the College of Education is working diligently to provide the best possible academic support throughout this challenging time. Our dedicated staff is committed to supporting your well-being and continued academic success at Illinois. In this email, we’ve assembled critical information we believe will be helpful to you in the weeks ahead.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

Critical information and support can be found at these links:


1. Spring 2020 Courses

After Spring Break, all courses at Illinois will be offered online. 

On March 23 (Monday) and March 24 (Tuesday) College of Education courses (EPSY, EPS/EPOL/EOL, HRD, CI, SPED, EDUC only) offered via traditional (face-to-face) classroom-based instruction are cancelled and will resume the following week. Cancellation on those days allow faculty time to move classes online and allow you to test your equipment and determine how well you can access courses remotely. Existing College of Education online courses will continue to meet March 23 and 24. If you have specific course questions, please contact your instructors directly. 

For JAMES SCHOLARS whose projects are affected because of COVID-19, an alternate way to maintain your James Scholar standing for this semester will be provided. Further information is coming.

2. Advising

While face-to-face (in-person) advising appointments are no longer offered in the College, advisors are available for virtual appointments via Zoom (like Facetime). As with typical advising appointments, we will offer support and advice on degree requirements, course planning for summer/fall 2020, academic progress, and all other questions you may have. Follow this link to learn about scheduling an appointment.

3. Housing and Move Out

Campus is requiring all students who can safely do so to return to their permanent home address to take their classes for the rest of the semester. Residents who are unable to move out may request continued housing on campus. For the latest information about move out, visit https://housing.illinois.edu/News/Coronavirus.

4. Teaching Licensure & Professional Education Sequences

  • School and Community Experiences (SCE) and Special Education Placements
    For more information about Spring 2020 Early Field Experiences (EFE) and Student Teaching, please visit the College of Education student resources page.


5. Commencement
2020

Commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in May 2020, but campus is exploring possible alternatives (e.g., rescheduling and/or hosting virtual events). Stay tuned for more information to come.

6. Suspension of On-campus Undergraduate Activities

For Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), all events/meetings on campus are cancelled and no university funds should be spent on RSO events or activities through the end of the semester (regardless of location). Campus strongly advises against in-person activities and encourages students to connect via online platforms to conduct their business.

7. Additional Supports

  • Counseling Services
    Current clients who have an upcoming individual appointment should receive an email communication from a counselor with instructions. If you have not heard from your counselor or if you are not a current client, but would like to speak with a counselor, please call 217-333-3704. The Counseling Center is no longer allowing in-person drop-in appointments. 
  • Student Assistance Center & Emergency Dean
    The Student Assistance Center (217-333-0050; helpdean@illinois.edu) in the Office of the Dean of Students continues with virtual operations, M–F 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, the Emergency Dean is available.

We know this is a difficult time, but please know that you are our top priority. Faculty, staff, and administrators on campus and in the College are doing their best to respond to an ever-changing situation. Email is the primary means of communication the University of Illinois has with you—it is extremely important that you check your email regularly to stay current.

If you have any questions regarding undergraduate affairs in the College of Education, please email saao@education.illinois.edu or call 217-333-2800.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Monda-Amaya
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Teacher Education