Advising is a rewarding occupation that allows me to communicate
with adults and give them assistance from the time they apply and continue
until they have successfully completed our program. It is my job to inform the candidates of the
steps they are to take to succeed in the program and beyond. I am able to guide them from excited students
of GSU to become highly qualified and talented Professional Teachers that will
enrich the young children of the future.
I have been an advisor for over 5 years here at GSU. It is my responsibility to hold informational
meetings, advise and guide candidates that want to change their careers to
teach the young students in our urban setting. The MAT in Urban Teacher
Education (previously the Alternative Certification Program) is aimed to have the candidates receive an
elementary or secondary Professional Educators License in eighteen months.
Before getting this great opportunity, I was an elementary
teacher for 35 years in Chicago. There I
was given the opportunity for 6 years of the 35 years to mentor college
students that were in programs for teaching.
After retiring, I began mentoring candidates for the Alternative
Certification Program here at GSU. It is
so wonderful to be able to share all the years of experience with others.
Eileen Lally is the Academic Advisor and Recruitment Coordinator for the Masters of Arts
in Urban Teacher Education(a Licensure Program).