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The MA comprehensive exam consists of four questions that are rooted in the following student learning outcomes.
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of scholarly literature in developmental education.
For students taking the comprehensive examination, a satisfactory response will require students to successfully explain how what they have learned in their courses has influenced their understanding of teaching and learning in developmental education by making specific connections with scholarly literature.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of research methods in education and developmental education.
For students taking the comprehensive examination, a satisfactory response will require students to successfully evaluate the methodological strengthens and weakness of a research article in developmental education and make recommendations for improvement.
Outcome 3: Graduates will demonstrate professional competencies in their concentration area in developmental education: learning support, literacy, and mathematics.
For the comprehensive examination, a satisfactory response will require students to write an ideas-in-practice essay drawing on research in developmental education and demonstrating their ability to use research to inform practice.
Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate their ability to use social, cultural, political, and economic lens to discuss issues in developmental education.
For the comprehensive examination, a satisfactory response will require students to use social, cultural, political, and economic lenses to discuss barriers particular populations of students may face in higher education and approaches for helping to remove these barriers.
Students must state their intention to complete the comprehensive exams by:
September 15 (Fall semester), January 31 (Spring semester), or May 15 (Summer Semester) by submitting the registration form online, located HERE
1. In completing the final exam, students:
· Cannot consult with faculty except for general questions about the process.
. Cannot work with others (peers, colleagues, etc.) in any capacity.
Texas State University expects both faculty and students to respect and follow the Honor Code. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it's assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.
For more on the Honor Code please visit the website:
2. Under special circumstances, students may work with the Writing Center with prior written permission from the advisor. Such work must meet the following conditions:
a. Submit an online request for permission to use the Writing Center for assistance with the Comprehensive Exam, using the form found HERE
b. Submit documenation of the help you receive from the Writing Center including a draft of your answer and a letter outlining help received signed by the writing center tutor, using the submission form found HERE
c. After completing the two steps above, submit your finished, final answer to the desired Comprehensive Exam question using the submission for found HERE
3. In addition, submitted exam answers must follow the guidelines below:
· Must write using APA 6th edition including title page, organizational headings, citations, and references.
· Must use a common 12-point font such as Times New Roman, Geneva, Cambria.
Students will have 10 days to complete the exam.
An electronic copy of the exam must be submitted to the committee by the respective semester due date:
Fall Semester: October 20 by 11:55 pm
Spring Semester: March 20 by 11:55 pm
Summer Semester: May 25 by 11:55pm
To submit answers to the Comprehensive Exam Questions click HERE
Each comprehensive examination will be read and evaluated by two members of the Developmental Education faculty. Using a rubric generated by program faculty (see below), each reader will designate one of four evaluations:
Accept with Distinction
Accept after Revisions
If two faculty members disagree, a third member will be called in to enter a deciding evaluation. The faculty may ask the student to appear at an oral defense of their exam. Accept with Distinction or Accept indicate passing the exam with no further revision needed. Accept after Revisions indicated that revisions are needed. The student will have until November 15 in the Fall, April 15 in the Spring, and June 30 in the Summer to make recommended changes and resubmit them for their advisor’s approval. Failure to meet the revision deadlines will result in their evaluation being changed to Unacceptable. Students earning an Unacceptable evaluation must wait until the next semester to retake the examination. Students whose first attempt is rated Unacceptable will be given specific advice from the program faculty on how to revise their work. They will have one opportunity to retake the examination. Failure to achieve an acceptable rating on the second attempt will result in the student being dropped from the program.