Master of Education

Master's Exam

Application for Graduation

You must register for the exam by submitting your Application for Graduation form before the deadline (typically at the beginning of each semester) via OASIS.

The Graduate Support Office (GSO) in the College of Education will compile a list of students for the exam, and the list will be provided to the department shortly before the exam date.

Electronic Portfolio

(Starting Fall 2017)

During the final semester of the program, each Master’s candidate is required to submit an electronic portfolio (E-Portfolio) that highlights his/her Instructional Design/Technology (IDT) abilities, skills, and performance they acquired from the program coursework. Through the collection of digital projects/products (aka. course artifacts), Masters’ candidates present not only a record of their studies but also their competencies in IDT to potential employers or institutions for doctoral studies. The E-Portfolio may be developed with any Website development services (USF Webspace or other free hosting services such as google site, Weebly, Wix etc.) where reviewers can access without login credentials. The E-Portfolio takes the place of a comprehensive exam and must address five areas of national standards developed by the Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) in 2012. Each master’s candidate is required to read the entire description for each standard before beginning E-Portfolio. This will help identify appropriate course artifacts that meet a general standard and then effectively describe how the identified artifacts address each standard.

The following sections are required in the E-Portfolio:

  1. Autobiographical narrative (approximately 500 words in length)
  2. Key artifacts and descriptions for the AECT standards
  3. YouTube video presentation showcasing the E-Portfolio (using a Screencasting tool)
  4. Program of study form (revised and signed program of study form)

Except the program of study form, all sections must appear within the E-Portfolio Website using a well-organized navigation menu structure. Each section can have its’ own menu and sub-menus. You may also include the updated resume that you plan to use to seek employment.

Comprehensive Examination

(Students started before Fall 2017 may choose this option)

The comprehensive examination consists of four written essay questions to be completed in a three hour time period. These questions focus on major ideas and allow you to integrate concepts learned in different courses. While the specific questions on the exam change every semester, below are brief descriptions of four topics:

Instructional Design

The ID question focuses on issues related to the design process and the overall management of content development for an organization (both from the perspective of an employee and as a private contractor hired by an organization).

Interactive Media

The media question often ranges through a wide variety of topics, such as ‘comparison of one media’s effects on learning vs another media’, ‘technology selection methods’, ‘practices and pitfalls of using technology in the classroom’, etc.

Research Design -or- Measurement Design

Depending on which foundation course you completed – Foundations of Research or Foundations of Measurement – you may choose from one of two exam questions.

The research question assesses your ability to read, analyze, and critique published research studies. Bearing this in mind, you should randomly select research article

The measurement question assesses your ability to devise a measurement instrument and/or analyze the quality of an existing instrument, fixing it (along with providing supporting rationales for your fixes) where any errors may exist in the instrument.