Examination, Placement and Assessment

Master of Education Exam Procedures

  1. Please read in your graduate school catalog the section on Comprehensive Examinations.
  2. Your exam panel has already been established and you do not need to contact any faculty to serve on the panel. Dr. Cordeiro, Dr. Stadtler-Chester, and Dr. Wong-Russell will compose your panel and will meet with your professors to establish exam questions.
  3. Obtain the application form for the exam from the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education, and fill it out.
  4. After your application form is complete, you can submit it with the appropriate fee to the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education for their approval. They will want to confirm that all course work has been completed according to program requirements.
  5. The exams are written, and consist of one question from the Education Department, to be answered in English, and three or four questions from the World Languages Department, to be answered in Spanish. The Spanish questions may cover material from all of your courses taken in the World Languages Department. The exams are now given twice each year: in November, and in April, to coincide with your school’s spring break. The date will be confirmed after your exam application is received. Questions on the Spanish section of the exam will focus on the general themes studied in each course, and students will want to be able to give examples of how those themes were treated in the different works read in each course. For example, in a course on medieval literature, a typical question might ask how the theme of honor was represented and developed in the works read for that course. No books or dictionaries are allowed during the exam.
  6. On your exam day, present yourself to the Department of Graduate and Continuing Education in the College Center at 4:00 pm for the 3-hour exam. Exam results are usually available three to four weeks later.
  7. Please contact Dr. Wong-Russell at mwongrussell@framingham.edu for more information.



Native speakers and heritage speakers of a foreign language, defined as those who have learned a language through family or life experience, cannot earn credit for elementary or intermediate courses in those language skills they already possess. Students who intentionally place themselves into an elementary or intermediate course for which their proficiency exceeds the level of the course, will be removed from the course and no credit given.

Heritage students with partial knowledge of the foreign language may be placed in an elementary or intermediate course at the discretion of the Chair of the World Languages Department, or be evaluated in order to be appropriately placed in an advanced course offered by the Department (Advanced Composition, Culture and Civilization, etc.) 


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