Overview the Content

Graduates of our Master program in special education, with an emphasis in the generalist licensure area, should complete work of the highest caliber as they go through their courses, then demonstrate the quality of that work by providing an electronic portfolio of selected projects from their coursework, plus other designated products, at the end of their programs. Course projects and other products are called artifacts, and these are posted near the end of a student's program on a special course site called, EDSE 999.

Some of these artifacts are completed in courses as projects, and they are posted along with their rubrics in LiveText at their respective course sites, and these can be accessed anytime by the student. Other artifacts may be completed in courses, or are completed independent of coursework, and the student needs to store electronic versions of these, to be uploaded at the EDSE 999 site in the last semester of their program. The student is advised to keep a folder in which all electronic artifacts are stored. Below you can see a list of artifacts that are required as a part of every student's LiveText Portfolio, and overviews how they are assessed by our faculty. The "Source" information explains where the artifactt comes from and/or how it is generated. 

Required Artifacts

View Required Artifacts for the Electronic Portfolio, their origins, and how they are assessed in the Comprehensive Exam Process

  • Current Resume

    Source

    This document is prepared by the student and posted on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site. It is not part of any course.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of this document in the electronic portfolio. Its presence means this artifact "passes." It is not graded or checked for proficiency. However, it must be present in the portfolio for a student to pass his/her comprehensive examination.

  • Educational Philosophy

    Source

    This document is prepared by the student and posted on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site.  The student may use a personal educational philosophy developed during a course (EDSE 510), or he/she may use an educational philosophy developed on his/her own, which was not part of a course

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of this document in the electronic portfolio. Its presence means this artifact "passes." It is not graded or checked for proficiency. However, it must be present in the portfolio for a student to pass his/her comprehensive examination.

  • IEP Proficiency Demonstration

    Source

    There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) a completed IEP (no identifying information) and (b) the IEP's rating on a standard rubric, completed by an independent reviewer. These documents will typically come from the EDSE 512 class; however, alternatively, they could come from the final practicum experience (EDSE 693) or they could be accomplished on an independent basis. Directions for completing the rubric are described later in this document.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of both of these documents, the IEP and the completed rubric, in the electronic portfolio. The rubric is then reviewed for proficiency. All items must be proficient or higher. The presence of an IEP and an accompanying rubric demonstrating proficiency means that this artifact "passes." Absence of either document, or a rubric that is not fully proficient, means that the student "fails" this item and then fails the comprehensive examination.

  • Case Study Summary

    Source

    EDSE 613 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the case study summary from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 613 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the case study summary and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  •  Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)

    Source

    EDSE 614 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the FBA/BIP from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 614 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the FBA/BIP and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  • Literacy Curriculum Analysis & Critique

    Source

    EDSE 616 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the Literacy Curriculum Analysis & Critique from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 616 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the literacy curriculum analysis & critique and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  • Data Analysis & Math Improvement Plan

    Source

    EDSE 617 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the Data Analysis & Math Improvement Plan from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 617 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the data analysis & math improvement plan and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  • Assessment & Intervention Plan

    Source

    EDSE 618 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the Assessment & Intervention Plan from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 618 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the assessment & intervention plan and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  • Learning Strategies

    Source

    EDSE 619 course There are two documents that are posted by the student on his/her EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site: (a) the Learning strategies from the course and (b) the rubric completed by the instructor of that course. These documents will need to have been completed by the student and graded by the course instructor using the LiveText rubric when the student completed the EDSE 619 class. At the time of the comprehensive examination, they are downloaded by the student from that course site on LiveText, and they are then uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of the learning strategies project and its rubric. The rubric is then examined to determine the score received by the student for that project, which could vary anywhere between 0 and 24. This score is not the project's grade. Rather, it is a proficiency score based on a scale between 0 (not present) to 4 (advanced), added together across 6 different project grading categories. The score received on this specific project will then be summed with all other rubric scores across the six content courses, yielding a total score that will be between 0 and 144. A total score of 108 or higher is an automatic pass for the six content courses.

  • Mid-term Practicum Progress Report

    Source

    EDSE 693 course This is a form that is completed by the university supervisor midway during the final practicum course, and provided to the student. When completing the comprehensive examination, which may be occurring at the same time as the practicum, the form is uploaded by the student into his/her EDSE 999 LiveText electronic portfolio. Scoring is pass/fail. In some cases (e.g., some international students, some students with previous teacher licenses), the practicum course is waived. When that is the case, this portion of the comprehensive examination is dropped from the examination process for that student.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of this document, and examines the document to see if the student is "proficient". The presence of the document and a score of "proficient" means that this artifact "passes." A failing score on this artifact will mean that the student fails the comprehensive examination.

  • Special Education Licensure Test Results

    Source

    This document is prepared by the student and posted on the EDSE 999 comprehensive examination site. It is not part of any course.

    Method of Assessment

    The special education faculty person completing the final review looks for the presence or absence of this document in the electronic portfolio. Its presence means this artifact "passes." It must be present for the student to pass the comprehensive examination, unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., the student is out of state or an international student)