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Educational Leadership - Completing the M.Ed.

Educational Leadership Program

Completing the M.Ed.

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

The next Master’s Comprehensive Exam will be administered in late fall.

- Note: Location is subject to change -

Fall registration should not be attempted until late September.

         Online Registration          |          Test Administration             |         Study Guide              |         Grading Rubric          

The master’s comprehensive exam is the culmination of a candidate’s master’s degree program. The comprehensive exam, required by the Graduate School, must be passed before the master’s degree may be conferred. In addition to the successful completion of all coursework as listed on a candidate’s degree plan, this exam is required for the degree, whereas the TExES is required for Texas educator certification. To be eligible for the master’s comprehensive exam, a candidate must either be enrolled in his/her last semester of coursework or have completed all coursework as outlined on his/her official degree plan. The exam is administered once each fall, spring, and summer – typically in November, April, and July. Once a candidate reaches the end of his/her program (defined as enrolled in final semester immediately preceding program completion, s/he must submit the online registration for the exam in addition reviewing links - from this page - to study materials for the exam. It is critically important to register and prepare for the exam early in the semester that coincides with the anticipated date of graduation. In addition to exam registration and preparation, candidates must also make all necessary arrangements for graduation, including the submission of their graduation application to the Graduate School by the required deadline and making necessary arrangements for regalia and graduation invitations.

The master’s comprehensive exam in Educational Leadership requires the candidate to (a) reflect on the 36 semester hours of coursework in relation to the Principal TExES domains and competencies, (b) apply the Principal TExES competencies to real-life situations experienced during practicum or internship field work, (c) describe how the candidate will achieve the nine competencies in his/her own principalship, and (d) analyze personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and devise a plan for continued improvement. These four written responses will be required in each of the nine principal competencies (a total of 36 written responses) during the four hour timed exam. The exams are graded blindly (i.e., the candidates’ names are not included on any documents to be graded) in accordance with the master’s comps grading rubric. Results are reported to the candidates within two weeks of the administration of the exam.

Testing venues from which candidates may choose include on-campus proctored testing or online proctored testing. Candidates are expected to state their preference when completing the online registration for the exam.


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