All candidates for the MA in Education must complete a Capstone Project as part of their program of study. This implies a combination of practice and theory and the ability to think critically about one’s work based on both experience and knowledge. The candidate will prepare an APA style paper and a power point presentation.

The purpose of the Capstone Project is that of a final performance assessment to demonstrate candidates’ proficiency with regard to standards for their area of study and the mission of the Department of Teacher Education Graduate Programs. The assessment will consist of a 20 minute presentation and an APA style paper that provides an overview and synthesis of the program of study.

Capstone Paper

The candidate will prepare an APA style paper and a presentation to demonstrate the answer to the following question.

How has the program of study influenced your development as a reflective decision-maker who demonstrates leadership, is a competent professional, and facilitates learning for all students?

For the APA style paper, candidates should plan to expand upon and identify key points that stood out to them throughout their program of study. The paper needs to be at minimum 10 pages
using APA style and utilizing academic language. The paper should also identify artifacts, sighting references and theorist, and inform the readers of key areas of weakness and growth.

Indicators may include, but are not limited to, the criteria listed below.

For the power point presentation, candidates should plan to use selected artifacts from coursework and/or their professional activities as part of the evidence presented. The Capstone
Project will be evaluated within the context of the program of study as to the extent to which the presentation provides evidence of the candidate’s abilities. Indicators may include, but are not limited to, the criteria listed below.

Leadership

Demonstrates initiative and strategic planning to improve student achievement
Uses collaboration and facilitation skills in managing change
Uses relevant data in decision-making
Communicates respect for individual differences
Promotes supportive & positive classroom/school environment
Uses inclusive communication strategies to involve school communities
Models integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior

Facilitates Learning for all Students

Demonstrates a personal belief system regarding how people learn
Engages in practices that support that belief
Articulates the theories or theorists that inform the understanding of learning
Explains how instructional practices provide for needs of diverse learners
Provides evidence of learning gains

Competent Professional

Demonstrates appropriate classroom management
Shows proficiency as a consumer of relevant data in decision-making
Demonstrates familiarity with instructional strategies
Demonstrates knowledge of standards, and
Demonstrates knowledge of field/content

The Capstone Project Panel may consist of some combination of the following individuals

An ASU Department of Teacher Education faculty member from the relevant area of emphasis (Educational Leadership, Special Education, Culturally & Linguistically
Diverse Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Reading Teacher)
Practicing administrators or teachers
Professors outside the area of emphasis

After the candidate has completed the CAP exercises, they will be sent a letter informing them of their grade, Pass or Fail. This evaluation summary may be mailed to the candidate upon request.
The candidate may also be provided with a summary of the evaluators’ comments to the candidate’s performance citing both strengths and areas needing improvement. If the candidate’s performance on any section of the Capstone Project is considered “below proficient”, a remediation plan will be developed by the CAP Panel Chairperson, jointly with the candidate in order to remedy the identified weaknesses. The candidate must then satisfy the requirements of that plan before a passing evaluation of the CAP is awarded.

Candidates must receive a rating of “proficient” or above in order to graduate.