Students enrolled in the Masters of Education in Counseling program must take a comprehensive exam towards the end of their academic work to fulfill the requirements for a Masters Degree at UAF. The primary purpose of the comprehensive examination is to determine whether the student has integrated knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts in the field of study. In order to take the comprehensive examination, the graduate department at the School of Education has established the following minimum requirements:
be eligible to take the comprehensive examination, students must have
completed, or be in their final semester of required course work for the
M.Ed. in counseling.
Duration and Schedule
written comprehensive examination will be emailed out to participants
at 9:00 AM on the appropriately scheduled Friday (1st Friday of November
in the fall and last Friday of March in the spring).
Permitted Materials and Academic Integrity
may use outside resources to assist you in answering your questions,
but you may not discuss the exam with other individuals; a reference
page is not required but you must cite resources as you would within the
text of any research paper. In addition, the exam must be destroyed
when you return your answers – we are taking it on your honor that you
will not keep a copy of the questions or distribute them to anyone else.
will be made for students with verified disabilities. Students with
disabilities who require accommodations for taking the comprehensive
exam must contact the Office for Student Disability Services at UAF.
final product will be due to the Counseling Department Chair or
designated representative by 9:00 AM on the first Monday after the exam
was received.Your answers will not be returned to you.
Format and Length
exam will cover 9 required fields: Career Development, Child &
Adolescent Development, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Counseling
Interventions, Group Counseling, Professional Ethics,
Research/Appraisal, and Theories of Counseling; the 9th field will be
either Community Counseling or School Counseling; if a student is
completing both tracks, then they will need to complete both the
Community and School questions.
- Each question must be
answered in a minimum of 2 pages and a maximum of 3 pages – start each
question on a new page; answers must be word-processed, double-spaced,
using size 12 font Times or Times New Roman; be sure to take the time to
check for grammar and spelling errors.
- Each page must include the name of the student and the page number in the top right corner.
will be evaluated separately by the faculty of the Counseling
Department and each response will be scored on a 5-point scale: 1 = did
not meet expectations; 2 = met expectations in some areas; 3 = met
expectations; 4 = exceeds expectations in some areas; 5 = exceeds
expectations in all areas. The final score will be an average of the
faculty scores for each question.
Students will receive their results within 3 weeks of completing the exam.
a student does not meet expectations in up to two required fields then
the student will be asked to sit for an oral examination in those areas;
if answers did not meet expectations in at least 3 areas then the
student will be required to retake the entire examination. A student
may sit for the exam no more than twice. If the exam is not passed the
second time, the student is considered to have failed and will be exited
from the program.