CULMINATING PROJECT GUIDELINES
Masters of Education: Mathematics Education
Master of Arts in Education: Mathematics Education
Education Coordinator: Peter Appelbaum
- You should register (with your advisor’s
permission) for ED596 (formerly 496), and pay regular tuition costs.
- In special circumstances, you may enroll in a different course
number, but this is very rare.
The Culminating Project must:
- Evolve out of your passion and interest
- Be more than an academic paper
- Be large enough in scope to keep you engaged for the equivalent
of 3 credits of course work
- Represent a synthesis of your master’s program coursework.
- Connect you in some way to a world outside of Arcadia
- Raise consciousness about some issue or idea
- Connect you with someone else that you confer with over the
- Include a list of at least five references that informed and
helped shape your project.
- Be useful or make an impact on at least one of the following:
your current job; a prospective job; other people.
- Include a public presentation about the project.
All work must be original and of advanced
degree quality. Presentation form will vary as appropriate for the project.
- Curriculum development project
- Development, implementation, and assessment of major
- Field-based or classroom-based action research paper
- Development, implementation, and assessment of staff
- Portfolio or other presentation of significant individual
creative work through which themes and important knowledge gained in the
program are examined and interpreted.
- Extra individual study in an area related to previous work for
the degree, resulting in a research paper, a performance, or a public
- What do you want to do? Why do you want to do this? How does it
grow out of your passion and interest? How will this project be useful or
have an impact?
- How are you thinking you want to start? What else are you
considering for how you will go about working on this project?
- What resources do you have in mind? (Be as specific as possible;
cite references if possible.)
- Lay out an approximate timeline
- What are you considering for a final presentation format? How
does this format speak to your goals for this project?
· Meet with advisor about possible ideas and guidelines at
least 1-2 semesters prior to graduation.
· 1-2 page project proposal should be presented to and
accepted by the advisor at least 1 semester prior to graduation, and before the
candidate spends significant time on the project.
· Meet with your advisor in the first two weeks of the
semester to plan meeting dates. Expect at least two progress-report meetings
with your advisor where you may be asked to refine or revise original plans.
· Presentation to advisor of “next-to-final draft” must
occur at least 6 weeks prior to graduation.
· Meet with your advisor to review a draft with your advisor
no later than 6 weeks prior to graduation.
· Public presentation must occur no later than 5 weeks
· Notification to candidate of acceptance or further
revisions should occur 4 weeks prior to graduation.
· Revised project and/or public presentation must be
submitted or occur no later than 3 weeks prior to graduation. If this version
is not accepted, it is possible that the candidate may not graduate that
Any substantive changes must be approved by your advisor!