College of Education and Public Policy

Welcome to the advising center for undergraduate education majors. This center is referred to as the Educational Planning and Information Center (EPIC).

Mission statement:  EPIC advises, educates, and supports students, community members, faculty, and staff to be high-quality professional educators.

Services offered:

Two academic advisors are available in the EPIC department to assist you. A good relationship with your advisor can greatly enhance your educational experience. Both you and your advisors have responsibilities in this relationship, but the ultimate responsibility for completing the degree requirements rests with you. Successful students take advantage of the advising offered by the department to avoid errors and delays in their academic progress.

How to make an advising appointment using AdvisorTrac

  • Click on the link above.  Use your IPFW username and password to log in to AdvisorTrac.
  • Click on Search For Availabilities on the left-hand side of the page.

Follow these instructions:

  • On the left hand side of the page (not the top of the page), in the Student box, type in your last name and it will automatically search for your name.  Once your name comes up on a list, click on your 900 number and it will enter the number in the box and your name beside the box.
  • In the drop down menu under Please Select A Center select "Education”
  • In the drop down menu under Select A Consultant select your Advisor (Meg or Jim)
  • Select the From and To dates to search within those dates in which you want to make your appointment.
  • Use the slide rule and select the time frame that you are available and would like to search.
  • Click the Search button at the bottom of the page You should now see the available time slots for your advisor. Click on the time slot that works best for you.                                                                                                                                                          NOTE:  Times in light blue are walk-in availabilities only.  That means your advisor is available                                                     for you to just walk into the office in NF 243 during those times.  Walk-in times are first come -                                                     first served.  Times in green are available for you to select to make your own one-on-one                                                                 appointment with your advisor. 
  • An Appointments Entry box will pop up asking for more information.
  • In the drop down menu beside Reason, choose a reason for the appointment.
  • In the Notes box, type in a more specific reason if you choose General Advising as your reason for the appt.
  • Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  • Do not forget to log out when you have completed your request.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you (the student) and your advisor immediately upon saving the appointment.
  • A reminder email will also be sent to you (the student) and your advisor 24 hours before the scheduled appointment time.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, check in with Melinda Woods, Secretary in Neff Hall, Room #243.

To cancel an advising appointment you made in AdvisorTrac:

  • Click on the "X" after the appointment information in the Upcoming Appointments section on your Main Menu.
  • In the Appointments Cancellation box, enter a cancellation reason, and click the Confirm Cancellation


Meg Underwood will start with you as your advisor until you fulfill the requirements for admission to professional education, which is typically the first two years.  She will assist you in creating a four year plan of study to fulfill the requirements for completing your degree.                                                                                 

Meg Underwood Headshot

Meg Underwood, M.S.Ed.
Coordinator of Advising

  • Office: Neff Hall, 243F
  • Phone: 260-481-6448
  • E-mail: 
  • To make an appointment, you may                                                                                                            use either AdvisorTrac (instructions listed above)                                                                              or call 260-481-6449




Jim Beard will then advise you after you have been admitted to professional education, which is typically the last two years. He will work with you to complete your degree and assist you with obtaining your license after you graduate so you can start your professional career as an educator.

Photo of Jim Beard, Director of Advising & Licensing

Jim Beard, M.A.
Director of Educational Planning and Information Center

  • Office: Neff Hall, 243B
  • Phone: 260-481-4100
  • E-mail: 
  • To make an appointment, you may                                                                                                    use either AdvisorTrac (instructions listed above)                                                                      or call 260-481-6449

Photo of Jim Beard advising an education student.Jim Beard advising an education student.