The Department of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) provides several forms of advisement for undergraduate students. The most common forms of advising support prospective students interested in a major or minor, semester advising for current students already having declared ABS as a major, and practica and career advising for graduating seniors.

General Preparation for Advising Appointments

There are a few preparatory activities to engage in prior to any type of advising appointment in the Department.

  1. Schedule an advising appointment in advance with an appropriate faculty or department representative. For initial ABS advising, meet with Advising Specialist Anna van Haandel. You may schedule an appointment to meet with her by calling CLA&S Student Academic Services at 785-864-3500.
  2. Bring a copy of your most recent Degree Progress Report to each advising appointment.
  3. Check Enroll & Pay for any holds that might be on your enrollment; you will need to clear all holds before you will be able to enroll. We strongly advise you to do what needs to be done to clear all enrollment holds prior to your enrollment date so you can enroll in the courses you need to take.
    1. Enrollment appointment times are based on projected levels (e.g., freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior). Please check Enroll & Pay for your specific enrollment appointment time.

    2. Review information regarding basic enrollment holds.

    3. If necessary, review additional information regarding university holds, including graduation holds.

  4. Review the specialty area advising tools to determine if any advising plans or forms should be completed prior to your advising appointment.
  5. Bring any prior advising plans and forms with you to your advising appointment.

Major/Minor Certification Sheet Form

Graduating seniors must complete a Major and/or Minor Certification Sheet Form early in the final semester of coursework. The Major and Minor Certification Sheet is a complement to the Degree Progress Report and provides the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences verification of coursework completion necessary for graduation. Graduating seniors should discuss the completion of the Major and/or Minor Certification Sheet with Anna van Haandel during an advising appointment, or with a faculty or practicum advisor in the specialty area.

Practica and Career Advising for Graduating Seniors

All majors in ABS must complete a senior practicum in a specialty area. The ABS specialty areas and faculty advisors are listed below. Although any faculty member in ABS may advise you, you may want to contact a professor in your specialty area of interest for advising about specific course requirements, and for enrollment in practica.

In general, students who have already completed the prerequisites for enrollment in a specialty area practicum will need to meet with the appropriate practicum faculty advisor or attend the practica meetings required for some of the specialty areas.

Advising Tools by Specialty Area and Practica Enrollment Requirements

Adults with Disabilities
Students wishing to complete a senior practicum in Adults with Disabilities should meet with Professor Jim Sherman. Professor Sherman generally has a sign-up sheet on his door, 4052 Dole, for advising appointments.

Basic Research and Conceptual Foundations
Students interested in completing a senior practicum in the area of Basic Research and Conceptual Foundations should contact either Professor Derek D. Reed.

Community Health and Development
Students having already met the specialty area prerequisites (i.e., ABSC 150/151 and 310/311) are eligible for enrollment in practica. Students wishing to enroll for a fall practicum in the Community Health and Development specialty area (ABSC 690/691) must request enrollment by attending a pre-practicum enrollment meeting held at least one week prior to the fall enrollment period. Students are required to complete the practicum online tutorial, the practicum pre-enrollment profile, and attend the practicum enrollment meeting with the instructors. The tutorial and the profile can generally be completed during the practicum enrollment meeting. Generally, students in the spring practica are those students completing their second semester of the practicum. Students needing to request enrollment in the spring practicum for their first semester of practicum should contact Dr. Watson-Thompson to discuss enrollment options and availability. For more information regarding practicum advising in this specialty area, contact Professor Watson-Thompson.

Early Childhood Education 
Students wishing to enroll for a practicum in the Early Childhood Education specialty area (ABS 675, 676, 677, 678, 680) must request enrollment by attending one of two available practicum sign-up meetings held each semester at least one week prior to enrollment. The meetings are generally held in the Dole 4th floor atrium. Students enrolling in an Educare (ABSC 677/678) or Sunnyside (ABSC 675/676) practicum are required to work in the classroom from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:45 – 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you plan to enroll in an autism practicum (ABSC 680), please see Professors Claudia DozierPam Neidert, or Jim Sherman at one of the sign-up meetings for a description of the two different practicum options (Little Steps or KEAP). The hours for Little Steps are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hours for KEAP are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Prior to attending the practicum sign-up meetings, students should review the timetable and draft a schedule that will accommodate practicum hours. Please be aware that practicum spots are limited and instructors may not be able to accommodate late requests for a practicum.

Organizational Behavior Management Research and Practice
Students wishing to enroll for a practicum in the Organizational Behavior Management specialty area must request enrollment by attending the practicum informational session held each semester at least one week prior to enrollment. The OBM practica have limited availability for students. If you are interested in this specialty area, contact Professor DiGenarro Reed.

Youth Development and Juvenile Justice
If you are interested in the Youth Development and Juvenile Justice practica, please make an appointment for advising with Professor Jan Sheldon. Professor Sheldon generally has a sign-up sheet on her office door – 4013 Dole.

Questions about the Graduate Program?

If you have questions about our graduate program, please contact Dr. Derek Reed, Director of Graduate Studies, at

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