Master of Arts in Teaching

Comprehensive Exam

The Master’s Comprehensive Exam is taken in the final semester of each student’s program (MAT, M.Ed. in Foreign Language, or M.Ed with TESOL specialization). You will be given approximately seven questions and you must choose three of those questions. You will then answer them as succinctly as possible — providing examples, important research and researchers, and their findings when relevant. You will have three hours to complete the exam. Generally, your final product should be about 10 pages, double-spaced. 

You will be expected to know about broad subjects that were covered in your core courses such as:

  • Current Trends in FLE
  • Methods of teaching FLE/ESOL
  • Sheltered Instruction
  • Assessment of FLE/ESOL Students
  • Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing Strategies for Language Learners
  • Bilingual Education Models
  • Practical Applications of Linguistics to FLE/ESOL classrooms
  • Curriculum Development for FLE/ESOL Programs

Criteria will be based on:

  1. Demonstrated ability to fully and accurately address each component of the question.
  2. Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize current knowledge as it relates to the topic.
  3. Demonstrated ability to cite seminal and current research that accurately supports the ideas presented.
  4. Demonstrated logical flow of ideas.
  5. Demonstrated use of standard written conventions.

Exam dates vary each semester. Please check with program director for exact date.

  • Fall: Mid October
  • Spring: Mid March
  • Summer: Mid June

Requirements to take the exam:

  • Please let your advisor know if you plan on taking the exam well before the dates listed above.
  • Comprehensive Exams are administered in the ESOL Office (EDU 266).
  • You must be enrolled in at least two credit hours in the semester that you take your Comprehensive Exam.
  • Students will need to come to campus in order to sit for the exam, or arrange for the exam to be administered in a proctored University setting (any expenses to be paid for by the student sitting the exam).