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REGISTERING FOR A COMPREHENSIVE EXAM/CULMINATING EXPERIENCE


Students in many programs are required to complete a comprehensive exam (COMPS) or culminating experience (CE) prior to completion of their degree and/or licensure/endorsement program. This comprehensive exam or experience varies in format for each individual program.  Examples include but are not limited to portfolios, timed exams, papers, projects, or capstone courses.  Your program handbook provides details on your required COMP or CE. Should you have content specific questions regarding your CE, please contact your faculty advisor.  Please follow the below steps to declare your intent in submitting or taking COMPS/CE.

  1. Submit the Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Experience Registration Form. The deadline for registering for Fall 2017 is September 6th, 2017.
  2. If you are also graduating the same term you are completing your COMPS/CE, make sure that you have also applied for graduation through UCD Access by the deadline listed on the Academic Calendar. Registering for your comprehensive exam or culminating experience does not register you for graduation.
  3. Register for at least one course during the semester you complete your COMP/CE. If you can't take a class the semester you plan to complete your COMP/CE, you must register and pay for one credit hour as a Candidate for Degree (CAND 5940). The CAND 5940 class number for Fall 2017 is 28438. If you are already registered for another course the semester you are completing your COMP/CE, you don't need to register for CAND 5940. 
  4. Expect to receive communication from the School of Education & Human Development via your official CU Denver e-mail. We will send you acknowledgement notices, announcements and COMP/CE results.
  5. Complete your COMP/CE by the required due date. Portfolios, papers, projects and take home exams should be turned in by Friday, November 3rd, 2017 (unless instructed otherwise by your faculty advisor).

     Counselling students please click here for more information.

    MA in Counseling Comprehensive Exam

    Students in the Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) track must complete a case study, which requires demonstration of knowledge of HESA theories and practice. Please contact your faculty advisor for more information.

    Students in the Clinical Mental Health (general and multicultural), School, and Couples and Family Therapy tracks must pass the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE).

    The CPCE is administered as a computer-based test at a Pearson VUE testing center. Students will be emailed a registration link 2-3 weeks after the COMPS application deadline (Census Date) of the term they plan to sit for the exam) and able to schedule and pay for the exam ($150). Students must sit for the exam no later than:

    • November 15th for fall
    • April 15th for spring
    • July 15th for summer

    For additional information about the CPCE, please contact your academic advisor.​​​

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  6. If you decide to postpone completing your COMP/CE, please notify Academic Services.

Please note:If you are graduating from the Curriculum & Instruction: Critical Pedagogy program in partnership with ASPIRE and Teach For America programs OR the Education & Human Development MA in partnership with Friends, Boulder Journey, or Stanley British schools, you DO NOT have to follow the COMPS registration process (but must apply to graduate if intending to do so).

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