Master of Arts - SPED Master's Exam

The Department of Special Education Master of Arts (MA) comprehensive exam procedures for Special Education students.

Dates and Location of Exam

***Students must add SPED 896 by September 16, 2019 in order to take the Fall MA exam***

Fall 2019 Semester
Friday, October 4, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Spring 2020 Semester
Friday, March 6, 2020
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Location Burk Hall 218/219

Eligibility to take the SPED Master's Comprehensive Exam

In order to be considered eligible to take the MA Comprehensive Exam, students need an approved Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) proposal on file with the Graduate Division, which will be reflected in the Milestones section of the Student Services Center.

  • Students must enroll in SPED 896EXM. This course has zero units. Returning students who are taking the exam after their grace period has ended must register for EDUC 499 for an additional tuition fee.

Special Accommodations

If accommodations are needed, notify the department with a copy of an Exam Accommodations Request (EAR Form) which can be obtained on the Disability Programs Resource Center (DPRC) website. Bring the form to the department for consultation prior to delivering to DPRC. The department will deliver the examination to DPRC prior to the test date.

Day of Exam

  • Students are expected to arrive no later than 11:45 a.m. to receive instructions for the examination
  • Students must provide proof of identification the day of the exam, e.g. SFSU ID Card, Driver’s license, passport
  • Prior to the examination each student will sign an attendance sheet
  • Only MS Word may be opened and accessed during the examination. Access to applications other than MS Word will constitute cheating and the student will automatically fail the examination without the option to re-take the examination for the M.A. degree. This includes unauthorized access to other media devices such as cell phones
  • Cell phones and any other media device must be turned off and will be collected during the exam
  • No food or beverage is allowed in the Computer Lab for the duration of the examination
  • Students who need refreshments may step out of the exam room where snacks and beverages may be kept
  • All handwritten notes made during the examination are returned with the examination; scratch paper will be available; pens are allowed; dictionaries and other references are NOT allowed

Study Guides

  • Some program areas provide study guides or hold an advising meeting prior to the examination date. Check with your program advisor

After the Exam

  • Faculty readers will see only the exam # when evaluating examinations
  • Examinations will be read and evaluated by a minimum of two faculty members
  • A third reader will be arranged when exam results from two readers are in doubt or readers request assistance for a final decision
  • The department will mail a letter to each student to report the examination result
  • Examination results will not be disclosed over the phone or through email
  • The department will prepare the “Report of Completion” for each examinee. This report will be submitted to the Graduate Division to document your culminating experience
  • After notification of examination results, students may review faculty reader comments attached to the exam by visiting the Department of Special Education office, BH 156