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:

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.

Requirements to take the exam: