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M.A.E. Comprehensive Exams

School of Teacher Education


April 2014

Dear Master of Arts in Education Candidate,

The written comprehensive examination for the summer term will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Central Time.

You will find listed below information pertaining to the various master’s degree programs offered in the School of Teacher Education. Locate your specific program area to find out more information about the question categories.

Secondary Grades and P-12 Education (Alternate Route to Teacher Certification):
Secondary and P-12 Education candidates will be expected to answer a total of three (3) questions. The possibilities are: (1) EDU 520 – Planning for Instruction; (2) EDU 521 – Implement Instructional Plan; and (3) one question in the candidate’s content area. Address inquiries about questions from the content area to that departmental faculty. The content area faculty determines how many questions there will be from that area and/or if the comprehensive examination will be written or oral. Both education and content area written test items are usually completed at the same sitting. The research foundations course, and any deficiency course work must be completed prior to the writing the comprehensive examination.

Special Education
The Special Education written comprehensive examination has two parts.

  1. The first part is a case study that requires the student to apply and synthesize the research base acquired from all the courses in the program.
  2. The second part consists of questions drawn from modules within specific EXED courses.  The student may respond to any three (3) of the questions.

EDFN 500 (the research foundations course) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher and grades recorded prior to writing the comprehensive examination.  Students must have a Form D on file prior to being approved to take the comprehensive exam.  If you do not have a completed Form D, contact your advisor.

Details about the administration of the Comprehensive Examination are in the Special Education Comprehensive Exam Policy. 

Please be sure to read the information concerning comprehensive examination eligibility and return the completed application form to Dr. Janet Applin at the address given, prior to the deadline. Students must have their application completed prior to the deadline.  Students who do not meet the published deadline may be required to wait a semester to take the exam.

Details about the administration of Comprehensive Examinations are included in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Comprehensive Exam Policy found at:  www.wku.edu/cebs/programs/graduate/comp_exams/policy.php   If further information is needed, please contact your advisor.



Dr. Sylvia Dietrich, Director/Associate Dean
School of Teacher Education



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