Suggestions for Choosing a Capstone Project and Committee
Graduate students who have completed 27 credits may apply for their capstone project. Here are some suggestions for deciding on a capstone project and committee. Begin by discussing a tentative capstone project proposal with your advisor before selecting your committee members.
When selecting a capstone project or topic the following could be considered:
- What questions or concerns do have about their classroom, school, or education (the WELS) in general?
- Are the questions or concerns ones that apply to the larger context of teaching or specifically to the your teaching context?
- Which area of your ministry or employment would be enhanced by the in-depth study of a specific topic?
- What type of capstone project (field project, curriculum review, internship, or thesis) will best accomplish your goals?
- In the case of a field project or thesis, would a quantitative or qualitative study produce the best results?
Guidelines for making committee member selections (capstone project)
- Which of the courses you completed have a relationship to the proposal? Should those instructors be considered for service on the committee?
- Which faculty members have the knowledge and expertise regarding the subject of the project and thus would provide the best help and guidance as you prepare the proposal and complete the project?
- Does the capstone project require sophisticated statistical analysis? If so, which faculty member can provide that expertise and thus should be included on the committee?