Before and while you are on campus, you will need to schedule your courses. This area contains a lot of important information to keep in mind while you are working on what your coming year is going to look like.
- Returning Student Scheduling
- New Student Scheduling
- Program Helps
- Education & Staff Ministry Registration Process & Tips
- Pre-seminary Registration Process & Tips
Returning Student Scheduling
You can also watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide and this helpful video from Dean Clemons on setting up a schedule.
Dates to Know
March 17 | Flex Period meeting with advisors to discuss scheduling.
March 18 - 29 | Schedule Planner available to students. Students report any problems to Academic Deans. Any scheduling changes and updates will be posted on Portal.
March 22 - April 13 | Students meet with advisors for approval of schedules.
April 14 - April 16 | Registration for classes via Portal. See below for specific dates for specifics student groups.
Planning Your Schedule
Select Scheduling > Schedule Planner to begin the process.
Preference to make personal choices.
Modify Courses to select courses and the semester you desire.
Plan Schedule to develop a proposed schedule, being careful to note different semesters. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year.
Make It Fit to design your schedule. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Click on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go to back Modify Courses to make changes.
A Help tab is included. If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the Records Office.
EDUCATION JUNIORS - If you plan to sing in a choir other than College Choir, select Tuesday as your clinical day.
Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal. Your advisor is able to review your plan at any time.
SET UP AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR ADVISOR TO APPROVE YOUR SCHEDULE! Your advisor must click the Approve button between March 22 - April 13 before you can register for classes.
Note: Past due financial accounts must be paid in full before a student can complete course registration for the following semester unless an exception has been granted by the college administration. Past due balances include fines such as library and parking. Please direct any questions to the Director of Finance.
Note: Financial literacy requirements must be finished in order to complete course registration. Please direct any questions to the Financial Literacy Coordinator.
Registration Day Procedure
After your advisor approves your schedule, you will be eligible to register for classes at your appointed time (individual registration times will be posted under the Registration tab on the Portal).
Click on Register on your Schedule Planner.
Click on Finalize Registration. This finalizes the registration process.
Note: Any changes made to a final registration must be done through the Drop/Add procedure.
Registration opens at 6:45 am with staggered starting times.
Wednesday, April 14 – Rising seniors, fifth-year students, and emergency/student teachers register
Thursday, April 15 – Rising juniors register
Friday, April 16 – Rising sophomores register
Deans Office Documentation
Education & Staff Ministry
New Student Scheduling
Welcome to Martin Luther College! The information found on these pages will help you get registered for the proper courses as you begin your study on top of the hill!
Important Information - Read First
Many specific instructions are shared on this page. Please read everything before starting the registration process.
Most importantly, please review …
You can watch the Scheduling Video for a visual guide for how to use the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.
Note: New students do NOT need advisor approval to register as mentioned in the video.
June 28 | You should receive via mail instructions to register for your courses online.
June 28 - July 9 | Begin planning your schedule in the MLC Portal Schedule Planner.
June 28 - July 9 | MLC Scheduling Help Desk available for questions from 8 am - 4 pm CDT.
July 12 - July 16 | Online course registration is open. Please note the day and time for scheduling. The MLC Scheduling Help Desk is available from 8 am - 8 pm CDT.
July 19 | Make up day.
MLC Scheduling Help Desk
You can contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk by calling (507) 233-9156 ext. 279.
The following are all online resources. These documents will be helpful in planning your courses. Use the page you are on right now as a “registration central” for your process. This site contains important instructions and links to help you with this process.
If you are a Pre-seminary student, your individualized program plan is included in your registration letter.
All Education majors can consult your specific program plans. Make sure to note the difference among the various programs - single secondary, elementary education only, early childhood, etc. Review the notes at the top of each program plan to understand how to read the plan.
If your program plan has changed from the academic program listed in your registration letter and you are scheduling classes in this new choice, you need to notify the MLC Records Office — Mrs. Gwen Kral at 507-354-8221 ext. 222 or via email at email@example.com.
Before planning make sure to view the registration instructional video at the top of this page.
Consult Program Helps for specific information regarding your major. Secondary majors should be aware of these nuances to stay on schedule with their program. Also download and read for helps regarding specific courses. Courses like physical education, mathematics, foreign language, vocal music, and piano/organ have specific requirements for certain classes.
The MLC Catalog may explain any questions you may have.
Planning Your Schedule
Select the Scheduling tab and then choose:
Select Preference for personal preference choices (you do not need to do this, but it may be helpful with first planning).
Select Modify Courses to select courses and the semester you desire. Courses are in the middle and are organized by course number. To select semesters, click on the Add button pointing to the appropriate semester. To switch semesters you must delete one and add the other back in.
Select Plan Schedule to develop a proposed schedule, being careful to note different semesters. You must develop a plan for both first and second semester if you are attending the full year. To switch between semesters in Plan Schedule, hover over 2021-22 Semester 1 in the upper right hand corner and select 2021-22 Semester 2.
Select Make It Fit to design your schedule. If a course does not fit, the course will appear in a white box on the left side of the screen. Clicking on the course in white will make potential meeting times appear in red boxes on the schedule grid. If you are unable to make your schedule fit your selected courses, you must go back to Modify Courses to make changes, by either switching semesters or dropping a course and adding another one. Many first-year courses are offered both semesters.
A Help tab is included. If you have conflicts that you are not able to resolve, please contact the MLC Scheduling Help Desk at 507-233-9156 ext. 279.
Your plan is automatically saved. You can go back to it any time through the MLC Portal.
Follow your program plan whenever possible. For majors, it is important to schedule your required course and electives as they may only be offered in alternate years.
If a section closes, try flipping semesters or dropping the course and adding a substitute in its place.
In this case, it is important to stay within the credit structure. You may not exceed 18 credits in a semester.
Some courses to consider if a section closes are Fitness for Life, Modern West, World Regional Geography, Art in the Elementary School and Labs, and Introduction to Fine Arts.
Check the FAQ link from this page for more specific helps.
You may check for Advanced Placement in the Portal by July 9. If you sent your score to MLC, it will be credited to your program. You can check for this on the MLC Portal. Log in with your username and password and click “grades” to find “unofficial transcripts.” Any AP credits earned will be listed for the course(s) they represent.
If you are planning on competing in a collegiate sport, try to avoid evening courses in season. This may not be possible, but could be helpful for your daily schedule.
If you are scheduling a foreign language, you should be notified which section and course to enroll in, and it will appear in your Planner.
When in doubt, use the MLC Scheduling Help Desk! We are here to help make this process as easy as possible.
Registration Day Procedure
You will be eligible to finalize your classes at your appointed time (individual registration times will be posted under the Registration tab on the Portal). Times have been randomly assigned.
Click on Register on the Schedule Planner.
Click on Finalize Registration. This finalizes the registration process.
Scheduling times are staggered. Your time will remain open until you complete registration. You can find your time in the Schedule Planner. It is in your best interest to schedule at the appointed time. IF YOU DO NOT SCHEDULE BY THE MAKE-UP DATE, THE RECORDS OFFICE WILL SCHEDULE FOR YOU.
When You Arrive on Campus
When you arrive on campus and meet your academic advisor on opening weekend, have him/her check to make sure you have made the appropriate selections.
Always refer to your program plan when selecting courses!
General Program Helps
All first year students take these courses:
ENG1303, Rhetoric and Composition – take opposite semester of Literature Seminar
ENG1304 or ENG1305, or ENG1306, Literature Seminar – take opposite semester of ENG1303 (ENG1306 is only offered semester one [when offered]: you will need to schedule ENG1303 second semester)
SCI1003 and SCI1004, Biology Lecture and Lab must be taken in the same semester (not taken by Elementary Ed/Spanish double majors) [Education track]
THE1001 and THE1002, Biblical History and Literature I and II – take opposite semesters in any order
Students may not take more than 18 credit hours per semester
Beyond 18 credit hours students may audit courses up to 21 total credit/audit hours
Students can audit choir, wind symphony, etc., after they have reached 18 credits
APP - Advanced Placement Program
If you have taken AP courses and had your scores sent to MLC, the courses you received credit for will be listed on your unofficial transcript on the MLC Portal by approximately July 21. The unofficial transcript is located on the MLC Portal. (After logging in, click “Grades” and select “Unofficial Transcript”). The AP courses along with the scores required are listed in the MLC Undergraduate Catalog.
If the AP courses you received credit for are freshmen courses, you can choose to take other courses in their place. Suggested courses to take are HIS2113 Modern West, PED1301 Fitness for Life, Phy Ed activity courses, SSC3210 World Regional Geography, Keyboard (Education majors only), or courses in your major.
If your English ACT score was 17 or below, you are required to take ENG0001 Essential Skills for College Composition and ENG1303 Rhetoric and Composition concurrently during a student’s first semester of studies. ENG0001 does not fulfill any of the English requirements for graduation. These courses will already appear in your schedule planner.
Fine Arts Elective
If your program plan calls for a Fine Arts Elective in the first year, MUS2201 Introduction to Fine Arts is available for you to schedule. If you wish to select a different course from the Fine Arts Electives in the MLC Undergraduate Catalog and postpone taking the Fine Arts Elective until a later time, you can choose to take a different course such as HIS2113 Modern West, PED1301 Fitness for Life, Phy Ed activity courses, Keyboard (Education majors only), or courses in your major. If you are considering a Music minor, you should postpone the Fine Arts elective until a later year, and replace the course with one of the classes listed above.
If your program plan requires you to choose a math course, you are encouraged to choose a course based on your ACT score. Some program plans call for a “General Education Math Elective.” In this case, any of these courses can be selected. The semester these courses are offered are listed below:
MTH1012 Organizational Personal Finance –- take either semester
MTH2010 Calculus I – take first semester only (ACT math subscore 25 or higher who also had a high school course in precalculus or trigonometry)
MTH2020 Elementary Statistics – take second semester only (ACT math subscore 25 or higher)
MTH2022 Discrete Math – take first semester only (ACT math subscore 25 or higher)
Note: If your Math ACT score was 17 or below, you are required to take MTH0003 Developmental Mathematics and MTH1012 Organizational Personal Finance concurrently during a student’s first semester of studies. MTH0003 does not fulfill any of the Mathematics requirements for graduation. These courses will already appear in your schedule planner.
Complete the Music Experience Inventory form online as soon as possible, even if you have no music experience. If you indicate an interest in joining Wind Symphony on the form, Wind Symphony will automatically be entered in your schedule planner. You must add all other music courses to your schedule planner.
Piano, organ, choir, instrument and vocal lessons will be Section 01 until your Music Experience Inventory form has been reviewed. Based on the information you provided on the form and a brief audition to be completed during student orientation week, your keyboard level may be adjusted in your schedule planner. You will be assigned an instructor for keyboard, instrument, and/or vocal lessons.
Students desiring to participate in a choir should register for the course in one of the following ways:
New students who are joining Wind Symphony, which meets fourth hour, should register for Chorale, MUS2048, which meets eighth hour.
New students who wish to sing in choir should register for MUS2038, Women’s Choir, or MUS2039, Männerchor. Both of these choirs meet fourth hour. (Note: This does not exclude a student from being a part of Chorale, as student will have an opportunity to express this desire at auditions.)
New students who must schedule the Monday 4-5 section SCI1004, Biology Lab, should register for Chorale, MUS 2048, which meets eighth hour. In order to avoid this, students are encouraged to add choir to their schedule before selecting a Biology section.
This is a temporary registration until auditions are completed. After the auditions, the choral conductors will place you into one of the choirs or determine that a vocal class will serve you better. If you are accepted into choir, the conductors will, if possible, attempt to honor your choir preference you included on the Music Course Placement and Inventory Form you completed online. However, placement of students into these choirs is also affected by sizes of the choirs, balance of voice parts, and other consideration. All preferences may not be able to be accommodated.
If you have added choir, MUS 1103, or MUS 1104 to your schedule planner, an audition time will be given to you during orientation week.
Phy Ed Activity Courses
If you have participated on a high school varsity basketball or soccer team, do not take these activity courses. PED1120 or PED1131 are to be taken by students with beginning or intermediate skill level only.
Specific Program Helps
Physical Education Majors
The Physical Education Teacher Education major courses or pre-requisites should begin in the first year. It is difficult to become a double major that includes PE, if you don’t start it as a first-year student.
All PE Teacher Ed majors should schedule SCI1003 and SCI1004 Biology and Lab in the first year.
All PE Teacher Ed majors should schedule PED3004 Care and Prevention (Sem I) and PED2010 Foundations of Physical Education (Sem II) in the first academic year.
Even though the program plan doesn’t show it, try to schedule 17-18 credits to help free up credits later on. Putting keyboarding (piano/organ) into the first year is one simple option.
Social Studies and Elementary Education Double Majors
It is best to take both HIS2112 The Rise of the West and HIS2113 The Modern West your first year. This allows you to take upper level courses beginning in your second year.
Spanish is a specialized course of study at MLC. To enter the Spanish program, you need to have taken the placement test offered by MLC. You should not register for Spanish courses on your own. If you have tested into the Spanish program, MLC will add the proper course to your schedule planner. Depending on where you were placed, your first Spanish course may not begin until your second semester. Please do not schedule Spanish courses on your own.
Education & Staff Ministry Registration Process & Tips
2021-22 Registration Process and Tips
Education Academic Dean and Records Office
March 16, 2021
The following is a concise schedule of course registration dates:
|March 17||Flex period meeting with advisors.|
|March 18-March 29||Preliminary schedule available to students. Students report any problems to the deans. Any scheduling changes and updates will be posted on the Portal.|
|March 22-April 13||Students meet with advisors for approval of schedules.|
|Wednesday, April 14||Rising seniors and fifth years register (check date and time on Portal)|
|Thursday, April 15||Rising juniors register (check date and time on Portal)|
|Friday, April 16||Rising sophomores register (check date and time on Portal)|
Tips for 2021-22
1. Follow the program plans located on MLC website and read the information posted there.
If your program plan has changed over the course of your stay at MLC and you don’t understand how the course requirements have changed, please consult with Dean Clemons.
2. Courses that are offered in both semesters can be taken either semester. These appear in red type on the program plan. For example, BHL III and Doctrine I can be switched; the elementary education language arts block can be taken either semester, but must stay together as a block. Some classes may be taken in a different year than the program plan if prerequisites are met.
3. Remember to allow for the Wednesday flex period in your schedule. Students should focus on more courses in their schedule for Tuesday and Thursday. The master schedule has tried to accommodate this need. Also, whenever possible, students should avoid scheduling class both 5th and 6th period on Wednesdays to help overcome the excuse of missing flex period events due to cafeteria hours.
4. The number of minimum credits for graduation is 130 credits for a single major. Check program plans and note different totals required for various majors.
5. The maximum academic load per semester is 18 credits. You may audit additional courses, but the total number of credits and audit hours together may not exceed 21 credits. This policy applies to all students. Some program plans call for summer course work. Overloading is not an acceptable way to avoid summer work. Appeals must be submitted to the Vice President for Academics.
6. Other than music majors, secondary-only majors do not need keyboard or a vocal course; staff ministry-only majors do not need keyboard. Elementary majors are required to take two credits of choir and/or vocal training and three credits of keyboard. See your advisor or program plan for specific information.
7. The course status tab under scheduling often lists notes that will help you select the correct course. For example, students may not take HIS3010 U.S. History Since 1945 or ENG3310 Interpersonal Communication until they have reached junior standing. Prerequisites are also listed there.
8. Registration procedures for Piano, Organ, Voice and Instrumental Lessons
Schedule section 01 of the appropriate course(s) you plan to take through schedule planner.
• After registration is over, you will be scheduled with the same instructor you had previously.
• If you have not taken any of these courses before, you will be assigned an instructor. If you have an instructor preference, email Mrs. Wyffels in the Music Center.
9. The Records Office will schedule all Early Field Experiences and Individual Field Experience during the Field Experience Interim.
10. Students who have been approved for student teaching will have their student teaching courses scheduled for them. (If you have applied for student teaching but have a financial hold, you will not be scheduled until you have met your financial obligations.) Your advisor will approve your schedule.
11. A page from the 2021-22 Student Teaching Bulletin is directly below. It shows the eligibility requirements for student teaching. Only students who have taken the required courses will be approved for student teaching.
12. PED1205/1206 First Aid is not considered an activity course. It does not fulfill the Gen Ed Physical Education requirements or the additional required semester of 2 activities for Education majors. It may be taken as a free elective. Physical education majors, physical education minors, and coaching minors are required to take this course as part of their program but it does not count as one of their required activity courses.
13. All education students pursuing a licensed minor, that is one that leads to grades 5-8 Minnesota license endorsements in grades 5-8, K-8, or K-12, must student teach that particular licensure field in 7th and/or 8th grades during Student Teaching II. Please opt for the corresponding course: EDU427X/Student Teaching (subject matter) in Middle School.
14. The ECE major does not include a subject matter minor. ECE majors must take EDU3407 Early Childhood Education Clinical in the semester that they take EDU3109 Preprimary Curriculum.
15. General Education requirements can be found on the MLC website at https://mlc-wels.edu/academics/general-education/
Education students who need to fulfill the Intercultural Elective can fulfill the requirement by taking a course from the Intercultural Licensure Menu.
16. Math Changes
• MTH1012 Organizational and Personal Finance (3 cr). replaces MTH1011 Mathematics: A Human Endeavor (3 cr)
• MTH2004 Math for Educators I (2 cr) and MTH2005 Math for Educators II (2 cr). replace MTH2003 Elements of Math (3 cr)
• EDU3247 Teaching Math Pre-K – 8 (1 cr). replaces EDU3246 Teaching Math Pre-K – 8 (2 cr)
Updated General Ed Math Menu:
• MTH1012 Organizational & Personal Finance
• MTH2010 Calculus I
• MTH2020 Elementary Statistics
• MTH2022 Discrete Mathematics
For education students whose program plans include MTH2003 and EDU3246:
• Any student who has already taken MTH2003 Elements of Math does not also need to take MTH2004 and/or MTH2005.
• Any student who has already taken EDU3246 (2 cr) does not also need to take EDU3247 (1 cr).
Any student who has not yet taken MTH2003 Elements of Math:
• ECE single majors are required to take MTH2004 Math for Educators I (2 cr) only.
• Math single majors are required to take MTH2005 Math for Educators II(2 cr) only.
• The Science single major math elective menus contain MTH2005 Math for Educators II (2 cr) only.
• Elementary majors are required to take both MTH2004 and MTH2005. These courses can be taken in either order and do not need to be taken concurrently.
• Any student who has not yet taken EDU3246 (2 cr) will take EDU3247 (1 cr) instead.
17. For ECE, secondary, and staff ministry majors or double majors, it is vital to get courses specific to that major in the years suggested on the program plans. Some courses are only offered every other year. Check the 5-year plan to schedule those courses for your entire program. If you do not follow the program plan, you may extend your stay at MLC. If a course you need for your program is filled, please contact the Records Office.
18. Further directions from the Records Office can be found on the MLC Portal schedule planner. Changes made to the master schedule in the first week will be posted on Portal.
19. If you have any questions about your program or program plans, please contact your advisor or the Dean’s Office. If you have any questions about scheduling, please contact the Records Office.