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Graduate Educator Orientation

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Congratulations on your acceptance into the College of Education and the Graduate School at The University of Alabama.  You are joining a dedicated group of faculty and students. We are committed to providing you with the best learning opportunities available.

In order to help you as you begin your advanced studies we have developed several resources that will provide you with some important information about our college and the portfolio showcase process.

  • First, you will be asked to attend the Graduate Educator Orientation (GEO).  During the GEO session you will hear from several faculty members as they provide you information to successfully navigate the entry into the College and complete your initial (checkpoint #1) showcase portfolio.
  • Next, you will learn about Student Learning & Licensure (SSL) and the showcase portfolio requirements.
  • Then, you will learn about the College of Education’s Dispositions. These dispositions are values, attitudes, and beliefs that our faculty, students, staff, and stakeholders deem as important. Throughout the program, you will receive assessments of your development in these areas. These assessments should serve as benchmarks for you as you progress through the program.
  • Finally, you will be provided resources from the GEO session that will enable you to successfully prepare and submit your showcase portfolio.

The information on this page is specific to the orientation session that is held just before the beginning of each semester. The information in the orientation session will help ensure your successful completion of the initial program entry requirements.

Sign up for Fall 2023 GEO Session

Sign up for the Fall 2023 GEO Session has passed. Please revisit this website in late November/early December 2023 to sign up for the next GEO Session in Spring 2024. 

Attending the Session

Once you have completed the “Sign up for the Session” you will receive communication providing you with the Zoom link for the webinar and how to attend on campus. This communication will be sent about two weeks before the session.

Student Learning and Licensure (SLL)

Your SLL account will be created by Dr. James Hardin two weeks before the GEO session. If you have questions about your SLL account, please contact Dr. Hardin at (

Once your account has been created, you will be able to purchase your SLL account for $139 upon your initial login through the SLL website (

Additional information on purchasing and logging into your SLL account will be shared with you during the GEO session.


Address general questions to Dr. Akeisha Young.