Comprehensive Exam

The purpose of the comprehensive exams is to help the student develop and display those competencies expected of a recent PhD graduate and required of a beginning academic. These competencies cover a broad range of areas within Special Education, including teaching, research, and service.

Students will be expected to show evidence of the competencies specified below within two years of entering the program. Each competency must have prior approval and be evaluated by the student’s committee. Progress in completion of these requirements will be documented in a checklist, and will be reviewed annually. The student will be responsible for keeping a portfolio of completed comprehensive projects.

Each student will be expected to complete ONE activity from Section A and TWO activities from Section B within the first two years of the program, in order to advance to candidacy.

Section A

  1. The generation of publishable research that makes a contribution to the field. Examples of products include an article or a chapter in an edited book.
  2. A paper presentation of the quality expected at a peer-reviewed conference. In the case of collaborative presentations, the student must make a substantive contribution.

Section B

  1. Involvement in a teaching-related activity at a professional level. Examples of teaching-related activities include teaching a course or involvement in curriculum revision of a UBC course.
  2. The preparation of an application form for research and/or fellowship support. The student must declare that he or she intends to use this application as a comprehensive requirement well in advance of submission.
  3. Demonstration of service to the community at a professional level. This could include, for example, consultation with teachers or families, leadership in a professional organization, or presentation of a workshop for teachers and/or families.