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Educational Leadership - Completing the Degree

Educational Leadership Program

Completing the M.Ed.

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

The next Master’s Comprehensive Exam will be administered on campus on in HELC 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 on Nov. 9 or online during the testing window extending from Nov. 8 through Nov. 11.

- Note: Location is subject to change -

The registration deadline is October 25.

         Online Registration        |         Test Administration           |        Study Guide            |        Grading Rubric       

The master’s comprehensive exam is the culminating exam 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 being enrolled in one's 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.

Options for Testing

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. The exam is completed by the candidates within a "course" in WTClass--whether testing on-campus or online. The on-campus administration occurs once each fall, spring, and summer - typically on a Friday in November, April, and July. The proctored online testing window extends from Thursday to Sunday and always includes the Friday designated for the the on-campus administration of the exam.

Exam Content and Expectations of the Candidate

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 competencies in his/her own principalship, and (d) analyze personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and devise a plan for continued improvement.

Transition Period

As we are currently in a period of transition from the 068 Principal TExES framework (3 domains and 9 competencies) to the 268 TExES Principal Framework (6 domains and 11 competencies), you are arriving at the master’s comprehensive exam at a unique time where you will have the choice of which framework under which you prefer to be assessed. The four written responses (a-d) in the preceding paragraph will be required in each of the nine principal competencies (a total of 36 written responses) during the four hour timed exam if you choose the 068 Principal TExES framework. Alternatively, if you choose to test under the 268 TExES Principal Framework, the four written responses in the preceding paragraph will be required in each of the six principal domains (a total of 24 written responses) during the four hour timed exam.


The exams are graded in accordance with the master’s comps grading rubric. Results are reported to the candidates via email within two weeks of the administration of the exam.



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