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Comprehensive Exam - M. Ed. in Special Populations

Students in the M.Ed. in Special Populations Program may elect to complete either a written Comprehensive Examination or take and pass the relevant TExES Examination as part of a capstone to the program.

Comprehensive Exam

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies regularly schedules written exams that test a student’s comprehensive knowledge of the Special Populations Program area.  Students have the option of taking a traditional written comprehensive examination. Students seeking certification may take the appropriate TExES Certification exam in lieu of the traditional written comprehensive examination. Students should apply for the exam in the last two semesters of their program through MyAdvisor.  All students in the M.Ed. in Special Populations program must successfully complete the Master’s Comprehensive Examination.  To be eligible to take the exam, a student must have:

  • An approved degree plan on file with MyAdvisor.
  • Completed at least 18 semester hours of course work, and
  • Submitted a completed application to take the Master’s Comprehensive Examination on time via My Advisor.

Thesis Option

Students in the M.Ed. Special Populations program may elect to complete a thesis.  This project typically involves the collection, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and/or qualitative data.  While completing their thesis, students are required to complete a minimum of 6 hours of Master’s Thesis coursework (ELCS 6399 & ELCS 7399).  Students may register for additional hours, but only 6 hours may be listed on their degree plan.  For students who wish to become certified, thesis hours must be taken in addition to typical requirements.  These courses should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.