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EDUC 698 - Master’s Culminating Experience

Students in the M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education and M.A. in Education - Curriculum & Instruction program must complete EDUC 698 - Master’s Culminating Experience Seminar (3 units) as part of the culminating experience for Master’s study. The culminating experience may be a thesis, a project, or a comprehensive examination. Master’s candidates must demonstrate they can analyze and synthesize research and evidence-based practices in the field of multicultural and multilingual education. Master’s candidates are encouraged to work collaboratively and may choose from a variety of forms to present their work.

The EDUC 698 course is an independent class to assist you in completing your culminating experience for your MA, either a research thesis or a curriculum project. A research thesis requires conducting a research study where data is collected and analyzed. A curriculum project is an original unit of curriculum instruction and materials to implement in an educational setting.  

Each option requires completion of 5 chapters:

  1. Statement of the Problem – Identify a problem in education you want to address & your plan
  2. Literature Review – Describe the latest research that will inform how you will address problem
  3. Methodology - Step-by-step procedures to implement research or to develop curriculum
  4. Research Data Presentation for Research Thesis or Curriculum Presentation for Curriculum Project
  5. Recommendations – Describe what you want educators to do based on your research findings or how to implement curriculum

It is recommended that you take EDUC 698 in the fall or spring semester, when professors are available for support. To minimize your need to repeat the class it is suggested that you do not register for the class until you have your first three chapters approved, so that you are set up for success in one semester. 

Make an appointment with your committee at the beginning of the semester and develop a timeline of what is due in order for you to complete your MA this semester. If you do not meet the deadlines, be prepared to take this course again next semester.

The EDUC 698 cougar course website is designed to assist you with the writing portion of the activity as well as provide resources for your research thesis and curriculum project development.

  • Culminating Experience Committee

    A culminating experience committee consists of 2-3 faculty members with a doctorate. MA Candidates must have one faculty member from the School of Education. It is recommended that candidates choose a chairperson for their committee first. Other terms for this role include Thesis/Project/Exam Advisor and Committee Chair. Once a chairperson for the committee is selected, the candidate and the chairperson can discuss who would best serve as a second reader, the second committee member. If a student and their committee, prefer a third committee member can be included.

    It is recommended that the chair be consulted on who makes up the full committee. The chairperson can help identify a second reader that will support the candidate’s culminating experience and be a productive addition to the committee.

  • Choosing Committee Members

    Candidates should consider the faculty they have developed relationships with through coursework and consider if the faculty member has similar philosophies, educational practices, or research interests? It is suggested that candidates approach faculty sharing information about: Culminating Experience Topic and Format

    For example,

    • Use action research to determine the academic effects of Co-Teaching, Thesis
    • Analyze student writing after using the Writing Workshop process, Thesis
    • 12-Week Integrated Thematic Humanities Unit on Twentieth Century History, Culture and Literature, Project
    • Develop a High School Service Learning Program, Project
  • Timeline

    Every experience activity is unique. The committee chair is the best person to consult with to determine a timeline. In the meantime, here are a few guidelines to consider in regards to writing and internal review board approval process.

  • Writing

    The Thesis and Project Papers consist of 5 Chapters. We offer two courses in the fall and spring to assist candidates with their culminating experience.


    • EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education
    • EDUC 650: Culminating Experience Proposal Development


    • EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education
    • EDUC 628: Teaching as Inquiry and Applied Research Methods

    EDUC 622: Research Methods in Education helps candidates draft a Chapter 2: Literature Review and draft an outline of Chapter 1: Statement of Problem and Chapter 3: Methodology.

    EDUC 650: Culminating Experience Proposal Development and EDUC 628: Teaching as Inquiry and Applied Research Methods provide curriculum development, research data collection/analysis and writing supports.

    Most candidates take one - two semesters to revise the first three chapters with their committee chair. Most candidates take another semester or two to write their Chapter 4: Data/Project Presentation and Chapter 5: Recommendations. The sooner a candidate starts their culminating experience and chooses a chairperson for their committee, the quicker they are likely to meet all the requirements.

  • Institutional Review Board Approval

    If a candidate plans to conduct research (thesis) with research participants, approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee is required to provide safeguards for all the participants. The approval process for the IRB Proposal can take up to a semester depending on how complicated the risks may be for the participants. It is suggested to be submit the IRB Proposal the semester before the candidate plans to begin conducting the research and collecting evidence. Candidates should plan to take a semester to collect and analyze the data and another semester to complete writing their chapters. 
  • When can I register for EDUC 698: Master’s Thesis / Project?

    Prior to receiving the course code to register for EDUC 698 candidates must complete a minimum of 24 units of coursework and submit the School of Education Advancement to Candidacy Form and your Program of Study Planning Sheet.

    The School of Education Advancement to Candidacy Form requires signatures from: the Graduate Student, Thesis/Project/Exam Advisor (Committee Chair), Second (Reader) Committee Member, and the MA Coordinator.

  • Can I take a leave of absence once I begin taking my EDUC 698: Master’s Thesis/Project?

    No. Once a candidate takes EDUC 698, the candidate must stay concurrently enrolled until the culminating experience is complete. Concurrently enrollment means fall and spring semesters, candidates do not need to be enrolled in summer session to be concurrently enrolled.