To apply to take the Master's Comprehensive Exam, you must be formally granted Candidacy status. This is a formal application process that students should complete once you have completed 18 or more hours of coursework (and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or above). To be eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam a candidate must have completed a minumum of 24 hours of coursework which applies toward your degree and completed at least two of the core MED courses. You should contact the Graduate School of Education (Kristy Wright) in order to fill out the Comprehensive Exam Application and the Application for Candidacy Status in order to be eligible to take the Comprehensive Exam.
Each course in the graduate school program is designed to assist the student in the preparation of the required comprehensive examination as well as preparing for future certification exams. The rigor of the comprehensive assessment demands the student evaluate, analyze, and synthesize all learning experiences. Fulfilling course goals, objectives, knowledge, and skills involved in learning experiences prepares the graduate student to be successful. This culminating assessment demonstrates the graduate student’s capability to think globally regarding educational theory and practice as they become educational leaders in their chosen field of study.
It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with all textbooks and curriculum within the 24+ hours of coursework so that they can prepare themselves adequately. It is advisable that all students download their syllabus from BlackBoard each semester in order to use the course objectives to guide their study for these exams.
The Exam itself consists of five essay questions from any of the courses completed. Most will have taken 8 courses so 5 of the courses will be selected to be tested. Each student should have two questions from the MEd Core courses (EDUC 6315, 6320 or 6304) and then three questions from their other area of concentration. Students will answer one essay question from each of the 5 courses. The exam is a 5 hour exam, so students have about an hour per question.
During the morning session, each student will get 3 questions to answer in the first three hours. Then there is a lunch break, with two final questions during their last two hour testing session. The test will be administered in a computer lab so all responses will be typed.
If a student does not pass a particular question, they are given another testing opportunity. The comprehensive Exam retake involves another question from that same course administered during the same semester. If they are still unsuccessful, then they will need to retake the course.
While we know this is a rigorous process, it is also very beneficial. Students are asked to revisit coursework that may appear again on future certification exams. We find this process to beneficial to the students long term. If you have additional questions please don't hesitate to contact your advisor or Kristy Wright X3094.