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D.Ed. Comprehensive Examination

The comprehensive examination for the D.Ed. emphasizes breadth of knowledge related to the required coursework. The exam contains written and oral components, is taken near the end of the candidate’s coursework, and the adviser’s approval is required to take the examination.

The written comprehensive examination consists of four questions related to D.Ed. coursework. Students are therefore required to complete coursework directly relevant to the comprehensive exam questions before taking the comprehensive exam. The four questions that comprise the D.Ed. written comprehensive examination are taken in two parts. All are completed as take-home examination questions.

Part 1

Each candidate will select two of the following areas for comprehensive examination questions:

  1. Resource allocation
  2. Politics and community relations or rural education issues
  3. Ethics or diversity or special education
  4. Law or personnel management

Part 2

Questions come from the two areas listed below:

  1. Administration, organization, and/or leadership
  2. Education policy

To pass the D.Ed. comprehensive examination, students are expected to complete written answers that are coherently argued, and demonstrate an appropriate familiarity and facility with relevant theory and empirical evidence related to the question. The student should demonstrate the ability to construct a convincing argument, marshaling appropriate evidence to support that argument. 

Students whose responses to any of the questions are deemed unsatisfactory by the faculty evaluator will have the opportunity to demonstrate their competency in a manner determined by the faculty member responsible for that question. The student will have a one-time opportunity to retake an unsatisfactory comprehensive exam.