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Graduate Catalog for Education

Graduate Catalog for Education

Education Department

232-K Morton Hall
Telephone: (256) 824-6180
Email: educ,grad@uah.edu

Degrees: Master of Arts

Chair: Beth N. Quick, Professor & Chair
Associate Professors:
Dillihunt, M.; educational psychology and learning theories
Enger, S; science education and assessment
Piersma, M. L.; reading and elementary education
Assistant Professors:
Kovacs, P.; social and cultural foundations of education
O'Brien, J.; secondary education; social studies education
Slate-Young, E: mathematics education; Director of Accreditation
Smith, D.; special education
Lecturer Meade, W. – special education-autism
Lecturer Patrick, P. – liaison for first year teachers

Mission

The Department of Education defines its mission through three focal elements: 1) to prepare teachers and other school personnel who are academically strong, competent in both theory and practice, and prepared to contribute to the needs of a dynamic, complex world; 2) to provide an environment that encourages the department faculty to model sound pedagogy, engage in research and scholarly activities, and become leaders within their area of expertise; and 3) to make our teaching, research, and service available to the entire community in order to meet the changing needs of schools, organizations, and professional communities in our region, state, nation, and international community. The mission of the Department of Education is communicated through our shared vision and articulated in our theme, Through Teaching, We Lead. The establishment of this theme codifies the major purpose of our department: to graduate teachers who are exceptionally well-prepared in disciplinary, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, who understand and are prepared to address the needs of all learners, and who are committed to serving as leaders in the educational community to ensure that all students receive a high-quality public or private education.

Accreditation

Teacher education programs at UAHuntsville are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Alabama State Board of Education, according to standards of the National Association of the State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), for the issuance of appropriate professional certificates for service in public schools.

Programs

College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science offers three options for graduate certification. Two traditional Class A programs are available for teachers already certified at the baccalaureate level and seeking advanced level certification. Traditional certification programs are available in biology, chemistry, English language arts, history, mathematics, physics, ESL, and reading specialist. A nontraditional fifth year program is also available for individuals seeking initial certification. Certification for nontraditional programs is available in the following areas: biology, chemistry, English language arts, history, mathematics, physics and ESL.

Facilities

The Department of Education utilizes the facilities and resources of the entire university, the community, and the schools. The department maintains a special partnership with the teachers and students at University Place Elementary School adjacent to the UAHuntsville campus. Classrooms and faculty offices are located in Morton Hall. The department also maintains Elementary and Secondary Teacher Resource Centers in Morton Hall and a Computer Education Laboratory in the Salmon Library where current teaching materials are available and where laboratory classes are held. The Institute for Science Education, a resource center for teaching and research in science and mathematics, is located in Shelbie King Hall.

Services

In addition to its teaching function, the department provides in-service education for schools, agencies, and institutions of higher learning; conducts and disseminates research to solve educational problems; and provides consultative service to all types and levels of educational institutions.

Academic Advising

Students who plan to enroll in the Teacher Education Program and qualify for teacher certification should contact the chair of the Department of Education to be assigned an advisor as early as the freshman year. Students are expected to consult their advisors about curricular and degree requirements. In addition, students are expected to consult with advisors from their teaching field departments to coordinate the planning of programs of study.

Career Services and Placement

The Office of Career Development, Madison Hall, Suite 111 assists all students who have completed an approved Teacher Education Program at UAHuntsville and who are eligible for an Alabama professional certificate, in seeking teaching positions. All teacher education students are encouraged to file their credentials with the Office of Career Development during their senior year.

THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PERIODICALLY REVISES THE REQUIREMENTS GOVERNING CERTIFICATION IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA. THEREFORE, REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREES LEADING TO CERTIFICATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE FROM THOSE PUBLISHED IN THIS CATALOG. THE STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO SEEK ADVISEMENT FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT (AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN THE PROGRAM OF STUDY) TO ENSURE THAT BOTH DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.

General Information

Student Responsibility. Education students are expected to register for appropriate courses necessary to make reasonable progress toward completing program requirements by the expected date of graduation. They must familiarize themselves with the requirements contained in this catalog and initiate the application process for a program of study. Faculty advisors are available to assist students as needed.

Local Mailing Address. Students are expected to maintain a mailing address at which communication from the department will, with reasonable certainty, reach them. The address should be recorded in the department office. Students are expected to use their UAH email accounts.

Registration and Enrollment. Education students seeking an institutional recommendation from UAHuntsville for professional certification must complete all professional education coursework at UAHuntsville. Transfer students will have their credits evaluated on an individual basis to determine course equivalency.

Course Substitution. When a course substitution in professional studies or the teaching field is desired, permission must be obtained prior to enrolling in the course. Students should contact the Certification Officer in the UAHuntsville Department of Education for appropriate forms. Written approval from the Department Chair is required. Courses taken without approval may prevent a student from completion as planned.

Course Repeat Policy. The UAHuntsville course repeat policy allows students to repeat courses on a limited basis in order to improve the grade in a course. Education students may take advantage of this policy in all subjects. Education students who receive a D in professional education or teaching field courses will be required to repeat the course at UAHuntsville. This is in compliance with the Alabama State Code of Education, but differs from the UAHuntsville course repeat policy in this regard. See the Academic Information section of this catalog for the UAHuntsville course repeat policy.

Program Completion. If a student does not complete requirements for the undergraduate degree within a period of seven years from the date of admission to UAHuntsville, the Department of Education will modify the student’s program to bring it into alignment with current degree and certification requirements. In addition, students in the teacher education program must complete that program’s requirements within four years from the date of formal admission to the program, or they must re-apply for admission.

Alternative Master’s Degree Programs - Grade 6-12 Certification

Preadmission Requirements

File an Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program with the Certification Officer as soon as a decision is made to seek graduate level certification and apply for a Program of Study (POS) with the college advisor. In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

Meet UAHuntsville requirements for unconditional admission to the University and the major department as stated in the UAHuntsville Graduate Catalog.

  1. Completion of undergraduate major in teaching field or, if an academic major is not on the transcript, 32 semester hours in the teaching field including at least 19 hours of upper division courses.
  2. Completion of undergraduate general education courses, including work in humanities, social science, science, and humanities.*
  3. Unconditional admission to UAH and major department.
  4. Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate teaching field courses.
  5. Completion of CM 113 or comparable public speaking course.
  6. Submit a finger print card to the Alabama State Department of Education with the appropriate fee in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made payable to the Alabama Department of Education and successfully pass a background review conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau or Investigation. Anyone convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor other than a minor traffic violation may be denied certification or have certification revoked by the State Superintendent of Education.

Admission Requirements:                                             

Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Teacher Education Program. Students must have an Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program on file with the Certification Officer and must verify that an approved Program of Study (POS) is on file in the UAHuntsville Department of Education before or during the first semester of education courses. In addition, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete ED 301.*
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA in first semester of graduate education courses and teaching fieldwith no grade lower than C.
  3. Satisfactory completion of first semester Field Experiences and all related assignments.
  4. Satisfactory ratings onInterview and Dispositions Assessments.
  5. Satisfactory rating on Application Essays.
  6. Satisfactory external faculty Letters of Recommendation.
  7. Program of Study (POS) on file.

*Persons who enter the program with master’s (or higher) degrees and who wish to obtain certification must complete or meet the institution’s approved program. Course equivalency must be determined following the usual procedures. An additional master’s degree at UAHuntsville is not necessarily required. The student’s previous degree(s) may be recognized as long as it is deemed equivalent to a UAHuntsville degree in the same area.

Continuation Requirements for Remaining Semesters:  

Requirements include:

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA in Education and teaching field courses with no grade lower than C.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all Field Experiences and grade of C or higher on required field experience paper.
  3. Satisfactory ratings on Dispositions Assessments by education faculty and field experience mentor
  4. Passing Score on the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test (APTT) - Basic Skills Test.*
  5. Register for Praxis II - 2nd semester of coursework.

If the above requirements are not met, a Professional Development Plan (PDP) will be initiated. Candidates who do not meet the conditions of the PDP will be counseled to leave the Teacher Education Program.

*Applies only to candidates enrolled in the Nontraditional Fifth Year Program who are seeking initial certification.

Field Experiences

The Alabama State Department of Education requires that all candidates seeking initial certification complete a minimum of 210 hours of field experiences in diverse settings prior to the internship. To meet this requirement, candidates will systematically be placed in area schools for a minimum of 50 hours of experience each semester. Field experience requirements will be individualized for teachers who hold valid teaching certificates in the same field they are seeking advanced, graduate level certification.

Internship Requirements

In addition to the satisfactory completion of required coursework and satisfactory completion of a minimum of 210 hours of field experience in diverse settings, candidates seeking initial certification Class A must meet the following requirements:

  1. Minimum 3.0 GPA in Education and teaching field courses with no grade lower than C.
  2. Satisfactory ratings on Dispositions Assessments and field experience evaluations.
  3. SatisfactoryLetters of Recommendation.
  4. Passing score on the Praxis II Subject Area Test
  5. Passing score on a comprehensive written exam covering the content of the

Application dates: January 31 for the following Fall Semester and June 30 for the following Spring Semester. Internships must be taken during the last semester before graduation. All internship placements are coordinated by the Department of Education faculty. At UAHuntsville, the internship is a full-time, full semester assignment of 15 weeks. Candidates should not expect to enroll in other courses during the internship semester.

  1. Secondary education candidates seeking initial certification must complete a middle and high school assignment.
  2. All P-12 ESL education candidates must complete an early childhood/elementary and a middle/secondary school placement.
  3. Candidates adding the Class B Collaborative Teacher-Special Education certification will complete an additional internship in a special education setting.
  4. Candidates who are seeking a master’s degree or adding an endorsement in a teaching field different from their Class B certificate, must complete an internship in the new field. This includes, but is not limited to the Reading Specialist and special education programs

Advanced Master’s Degree Program - 6 - 12 Certification

Admission Requirements:

  1. Unconditional admission to UAH and major department.
  2. Valid Alabama Class B Teaching Certificate in same or broader field in which advanced certification is south.
  3. GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate teaching field courses and education courses with no grade lower than C.
  4. Application for admission to TEP on file in Education Office.
  5. Submit Admission Essay to Department Chair.

Mid-Point Review: (After completion of 19-21 hours)

  1. Maintain 3.0 or higher GPA in Education and in teaching field courses with no grade lower than C.
  2. Three satisfactory letters of recommendation (1 from education faculty, 1 from teaching field faculty, 1 from P-12 administrator or cooperating teacher).
  3. Satisfactory progress in compiling evidence for exit portfolio.

Completion Requirements:

  1. Completion of all education and teaching field courses with GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  2. Pass comprehensive written examinations in teaching field and education, and on Praxis II when required.
  3. Satisfactory Exit Portfolio

Certification Requirements for all Master’s Degree Programs

Alabama teaching certificates are the legal responsibility of the Alabama State Department of Education. Colleges and universities cannot issue professional teaching certificates. In order to be recommended for certification, candidates must complete a state approved program. Approved graduate certification programs offered by the UAHuntsville Department of Education are designed to prepare candidates for professional Class A certification with a master’s degree.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to initiate the application for the teaching certificate by meeting with the Certification Officer.  Candidates must provide official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework, complete all forms required by the Alabama State Department of Education, and pay appropriate fees. Candidates who expect to teach in states other than Alabama are responsible for knowledge of the licensure requirements of those states. Such candidates should inform the certification officer of their intentions.

Certificate Renewal

The Class A certificate is valid for five years. This certification may be renewed upon verification of successful teaching for three years and completion of an approved professional development program or additional graduate level credits in the certification area.

Individuals who allow their certificates to lapse for more than 6 months will also be required to renew their certificates and to obtain another background clearance for the issuance of a renewed certificate or license. The UAHuntsville Department of Education in accordance with the Alabama State Board of Education provides courses for persons who hold expired certificates and wish to reinstate them.

Ensuring the Competence of Graduates

For a period of two years from the valid date of the Professional Educator certificate, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, through the Department of Education, shall warranty and provide remediation at no cost to students who are evaluated to be unsatisfactory or deficient in any area of preparation. Remediation in professional education and/or teaching field departments will be based upon recommendations from the performance evaluations conducted by public school administrators who use the Alabama Professional Education Personnel Evaluation (PEPE) or comparable evaluations recognized and approved by the State Board of Education. This policy is consistent with the Alabama State Code of Education.

Programs

Education: Advanced Certification Programs, MA or MS

Traditional certification programs (Strengthened Subject Matter or Technology Option) are available to individuals who hold valid Alabama Class B certificates. Completion of these traditional programs leads to advanced level Class A Certification

Option 1 – Advanced Program: Strengthened Subject Matter (6-12 Certification) 36-39 hours

Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, History, Math, Physics

The Strengthened Subject Matter Option is designed for individuals who hold a valid baccalaureate level Alabama teacher certificate with an endorsement in the same or broader field of study for which the Class A certification is sought. 

Professional Education Requirements (12-15 hours)

Note:  Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement

Graduate Teaching Field Requirements (24 hrs.)

By advisement of the faculty in the major, select 24 semester hours from your chosen teaching field. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in the teaching field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for coursework in the teaching field and in all professional education courses with no grade lower than a “C”. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA in the teaching field course work to the required 3.0. Students must hold a valid baccalaureate level Alabama teacher certificate with an endorsement in the same or broader field of study for which the Class A certification is sought.

Note:  Individuals seeking certification to teach English will be required to meet the state standards for English Language Arts. Students entering the English Language Arts program must complete at least one course in each of the following two areas, drama, journalism, or speech to satisfy the state standards for the undergraduate language arts program. CM 221 - Acting and CM 205 and 430 - Mass Media or their equivalents are recommended. At the graduate level, students are encouraged to take a drama and a writing course to satisfy the standards for English Language Arts certification.

Option 2 – Advanced Program: Technology Option (6-12 Certification) 45 - 48 hours

Biology, Chemistry, English Language Arts, History, Math, and Physics

The Technology Option is designed for individuals who hold a valid baccalaureate level Alabama teacher certificate with an endorsement in the same or broader field of study for which the Class A certification is sought.

Professional Education Requirements (21-24 hrs)

Note:  Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement.

Teaching Field Requirements (24 hrs.)

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in your chosen teaching field. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in the teaching field. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and in all professional education courses with no grade lower than “C”. Transfer credit cannot be used to raise the GPA in the teaching field course work to the required 3.0.

Note: Individuals seeking certification to teach English will be required to meet the state standards for English Language Arts instead. Students entering the English Language Arts program must complete at least one course in each of the following two areas, drama, journalism, or speech to satisfy the state standards for the undergraduate language arts program. CM 221 - Acting and CM 205 and 430 – Mass Media or their equivalents are recommended. At the graduate level, students are encouraged to take a drama and a writing course to satisfy the standards for English Language Arts certification. 

Education: Alternative Fifth Year Certification Programs, MA or MS

The Alternative Master’s Program is available to individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in a field other than teacher education. Students eligible for this program do not have a Class B (baccalaureate level) teaching certificate. Students should contact the Teacher Certification Officer and the advisor in the chosen teaching field for an individual evaluation concerning undergraduate deficiencies prior to initial registration in this program. The Alabama State Department of Education requires all applicants for the alternative fifth year program to “an academic major in the teaching field (EHLA) or if an academic major is not on the official transcript, 32 semester hours appropriate to the teaching field including at least 19 semester hours of upper-division credit” (p. 316 AL Code).

Certification for alternative master’s programs is available in the following areas: biology, chemistry, English language arts, history, mathematics, and physics.

 

Alternative Master’s Program (6-12 Certification) 55 graduate hours

Biology M.A.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program

Graduate Education Courses: 30 hrs.

Biology M.A. Requirements: 24 hrs.

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in Biology at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in biology. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and all professional education courses with no grade lower than a “C”. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in biology to the required 3.0.

Undergraduate RequirementsA minimum of 32 hours of undergraduate courses in biology of which at least 19 must be at the 300 level or above. Additional hours of related ancillary courses may also be required. 

Undergraduate Program for Biology (36 hours)

Ancillary requirements:                 

Chemistry:

Physics:

Alternative Master’s Program (6-12 Certification) 55 graduate hours

Chemistry M.S.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program

Graduate Education Courses: 30 hrs.

Chemistry M.S. Requirements: 24 hrs.

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in chemistry at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in chemistry. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field in all professional education courses with no grade lower than a “C”. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in chemistry to the required 3.0.

Undergraduate Requirements: a minimum of 32 hours of undergraduate chemistry courses of which at least 29 must be at the 300 level or above required including the following. Additional hours from the ancillary courses may also be required.

Undergraduate Program for Chemistry (35 hours)

Ancillary Courses (24 hours):

Alternative Master’s Program (6-12 Certification) 55 graduate hours

English Language Arts M.A.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program:

Graduate Education Courses: 30 hrs.

English Language Arts Requirements: 24 hrs. 

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in English at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in English Language Arts. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and in all professional education courses with no grade lower than a “C”. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in English to the required 3.0. At the graduate level, students are encouraged to take a drama and a writing course to satisfy the standards for English Language Arts certification.

Undergraduate Requirements: a minimum of 32 semester hours of undergraduate course work in English of which 19 must be at the 300 level or above are required. Students entering the English Language Arts program must complete at least one course in two of the following three areas - drama, journalism, or speech - to satisfy the state standards for the undergraduate language arts program. CM 122 - Acting and CM 430 - Advanced Media Writing or their equivalents are recommended.

Undergraduate Program for English Language Arts

 English Courses:

  • Sophomore Survey (as described in the GER) 6 hrs
  • EH 360 - Shakespeare
  • EHL 405 - Structure of Modern English
  • EH 400 - Composition Studies for Teachers
  • American Literature (EH 330, 331, 332, 333, 421, 422, 430, 431, 433, 435, 438, 439 3 hrs
  • English Literature (EH 380, 381, 390, 391, 418, 420, 422, 423, 440, 450, 451, 460, 470, 472, 492, 493, 495 3 hrs
  • The Novel (EH 439, 430, 431, 492, 493; 435, 440 with topic covering the novel 3 hrs
  • Literature elective (must be 300 level or above) 3 hrs
  • One course in creative writing (EH 410, 411, or 412) may serve as the literature elective.

Language Arts Courses:

  • Speech and Communication (CM 113 and 231) 6 hrs
  • Communication Arts Elective (CM 309, 310 or 316) 3 hrs
  • Drama and Theatre (CM 122 and 221) 6 hrs
  • Media Writing (CM 205) 3 hrs
  • Mass Media (CM 430) 3 hrs

Students entering this program with a B.A. in English are required to take some courses in drama, journalism, and speech. (CM 221 - Theatre and CM 205-Media Writing - recommended)

Alternative Master’s Program (6-12 Certification) 55 graduate hours

History M.A.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program: 

Graduate Education Courses: 30 hrs.

History M.A. Requirements: 24 hrs.

By advisement, of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in history at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in history. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and in all professional education courses with no grade lower than “C”. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in history to the required 3.0.

Undergraduate Requirements: a minimum of 32 hours of undergraduate history courses of which 19 must be at the 300 level or above.

Undergraduate Program for History

  • HY 101, 102 - Western Civilization or
    HY 103, 104 - World History 6 hrs (GER)
    HY 221, 222 - American History 6 hrs
    HY 290 – Historical Methods 3 hrs
    HY 325 - Alabama History 3 hrs
    HY 300 - electives - 9 hrs
    HY 400 - electives - 3 hrs
    HY 490 - Research Seminar in History 3 hrs

Note requirements for electives: 6 hours of American history beyond 221, 222.
                                                              6 hours of non-American history beyond 101, 102.
                                                             15 hours must be at the 300+ level.

Alternative Master’s Program (6-12 Certification) 55 hours

Mathematics M.A.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program:

Graduate Education Courses: 30 hrs.

Mathematics M.A. Requirements: 24 hrs.

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in Mathematic at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in Mathematics. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and in all professional education courses with no grade lower than “C”. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in mathematics to the required 3.0.

Undergraduate Requirements: A minimum of 32 hours of undergraduate courses in mathematics of which 19 must be at the 300 level or above including the following will be required. Additional hours from the ancillary courses listed below may also be required.

Undergraduate Program for Mathematics Certification (B.A.) Mathematics courses:

Ancillary Courses:

Alternative Fifth Year Program (6-12 Certification) 55 graduate hours

Physics M.S.

Preadmission for Teacher Education Program

Professional Education Courses: 30 hrs.

Physics M.S. Requirements: 24 hrs.

By advisement of the faculty in your major, choose 24 hours in physics at the graduate level. A student may transfer no more than six semester hours in physics. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in the teaching field and in all professional education courses. Transfer credit may not be used to raise the GPA in physics to the required 3.0.

Undergraduate Requirements: A minimum of 32 hours of undergraduate physics of which 19 must be at the 300 level or above including the following are required. Additional related courses may also be required. 

Physics Courses (36-37 hours):

Ancillary courses (14 hours):

 

Reading Specialist (P-12 Certification) – Advanced Class A Certification

The Reading Specialist Program (P-12) is designed to serve practicing teachers who hold valid Alabama Class B certificates. The program will prepare them to become a reading specialist for school systems or to return to the classroom with greater knowledge of effective, research-based reading instruction

Professional Education Requirements (12-15 hours)

Note(s):  Required for students who have not previously satisfied the Special Education requirement.

Teaching Field Courses (21 hours)

Capstone Courses (7 hrs.)

Note(s):  Linguistics courses may be used to meet the language requirement for M.A. students in English.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate admission to the UAHuntsville School of Graduate Studies, the students must meet the following prerequisite requirements for admission into the Teacher Education Program.

  1. Program of Study on file in the Education Department;
  2. Minimum of two years of successful classroom teaching experience in K-12; and
  3. Certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Collaborative Teacher (K-6 or 6-12); or completion of two reading courses including an introductory reading course.
  4. A valid baccalaureate level certification in an area of education.

Exit Requirements

  1. Complete a 300-hour internship in a public school setting;
  2. Present a research-quality paper/project at the graduate symposium;
  3. Submit the research paper/project to a professional organization for possible presentation.
  4. Develop and submit a portfolio with evidence documenting compliance with SDE and institution standards; and
  5. Pass a comprehensive written examination covering the content of the curriculum.