When and How Do I Register for the (free) Comprehensive Examination Course on LiveText (EDSE 999)?
You must be in the last semester of your coursework, or later, when you complete the
comprehensive examination. There are deadlines for signing up, which usually occur
about 3 weeks into the semester in which you plan to do this activity. Hence, it is
recommended that you complete the comprehensive examination application in the semester
before the one in which you plan to graduate. The application form that you need to
complete and send to your advisor is at: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/special-education/pdf/current-generalist-ma/permission-comprehensive-exam.pdf
Content courses must be completed at the time you apply for the comprehensive examination. You can still be completing your practicum (EDSE 693) while doing your comprehensive examination. You can also still be completing the SRM 600 course during the same period of time. However, it is best for the comprehensive examination to be taken after content courses have been completed. Nevertheless, we will permit you to take one content course at the time you complete your comprehensive examination if, to not let you to do so, would hold you up from your graduation. At no time, however, can you be taking more than one content course at the time you are taking the comprehensive examination.
In some cases, the comprehensive examination may have to be done in the semester following completion of all of your coursework. If this is the case for you in the spring, it means you complete the examination during the summer. If this is the case for you following a summer or fall semester, you will complete the examination during the subsequent fall or spring semester, respectively. If either of the latter two are the case, arrangements can be made for waiving the continuous enrollment fee; talk to your academic advisor if you find yourself in this situation, so that you are not charged a fee for not enrolling in classes.
In all cases, graduation and being awarded the master degree require that you have completed the comprehensive examination. In cases in which you are missing the spring graduation because you will be doing your examination in the summer, you may still “walk” in the spring graduation ceremony, if you so choose. However, the degree will not be officially conferred until the comprehensive examination has been completed and passed.
An implication of the comprehensive examination scheduling process is that you should meet with your advisor when you start your Master program to plan which semesters you will take different courses so that you can optimize your timing for completing the comprehensive examination. View the course planning PDF.