Fall 2023 - EDUC 883 G033

MEd Comprehensive Examination (5)

Class Number: 4173

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Roumi Ilieva
    1 778 782-4570
    Office: EDB 8663



The examination is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Meeting Dates/Times:

Whole class sessions:
Sept. 15, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, room RCB 8104
Sept. 29, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, room EDB 7505
Oct. 13, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, room EDB 7505
Oct. 20, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, room EDB 7505

Comp oral exam:
Nov 22 – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, room EDB 7505
Nov. 23 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, room EDB 7505
Nov. 24 – 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, room EDB 7505

Meeting Location:
Burnaby Campus, Education Building Room 7505, except Sep 15, RCB 8104

Additional Details:

The comprehensive exam is the culminating component of the 4 semesters MEd journey in the TLGC graduate program. The name “comprehensive exam” is a bit of a misnomer. It is not an exam as such, but rather, more accurately, a demonstration of learning, an expression and presentation of significant understandings about education that students have developed through the program and that will have a profound effect on their thinking and practice as an educator.

The comprehensive exam will consist of 3 parts details of which will be discussed in the first whole class session:

  1. a demonstration portfolio
  2. a written scholarly paper
  3. an oral presentation of the scholarly paper at the comps oral exam days

The comprehensive exam is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis by 2 reviewers - the comprehensive exam supervisor and a 2nd reader. Students must receive marks of satisfactory from all readers on all parts of the examination to pass.

Suggested timeline
Sept. 15 – Whole class session
Sept. 29 – Whole class session
Oct. 13 – Whole class session
Oct. 20 – Whole class session
Oct. 16 – Comps Examination Form to be submitted to Trina by this date
Oct. 30 – Issue date
Oct. 30 – Nov. 13 – Independent work on components of comps exams
Nov. 13 – Due Date: Submission of written components (paper and portfolio) by 4:30 pm
Nov. 22, 23 & 24 - Comps Days – oral component, students must be available on all 3 days
Dec. 7 – Results date
Dec. 15 – Results date if revisions are required

Between Sept. 15 and Oct. 30, I will meet with each student individually at least twice to discuss their comps work. Keep Friday mornings as potential times for such meetings or we may meet at other mutually convenient times if necessary.



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Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.