Capstone Project Proposal Form

MSE-PD students in most emphasis areas develop detailed capstone project proposals in either READING 773 (for Reading and ESL emphases) or EDUINDP 724 (for all other emphasis areas except Health, Human Performance, and Recreation). Students enroll in these courses after completing EDFOUND 780 Reading, Analyzing, and Evaluating Educational Research and at least nine additional units of program course work. To comply with Institutional Review Board regulations and to facilitate planning of the Capstone Project Seminar, each student must submit a brief (two-page) summary of the proposal, approved by the advisor, to the MSE-PD Program Coordinator at least one full semester before they intend to enroll in the Capstone Project Seminar. The two-page summary should be accompanied by a signed Capstone Project Proposal form.

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Capstone Project Proposal Form

Fill in, print, obtain your advisor's signature, and submit to John Zbikowski (3037 Winther Hall).

Deadline: Signed, approved Capstone Proposals should be received by the coordinator by the Friday before the start of the last full term prior to the semester of enrollment in EDUINDP 789 Capstone Seminar.Examples:

To complete EDUINDP 789 Capstone Seminar in:Submit approved proposal before the start of:
Spring 2016 Fall 2015
Summer 2016 Spring 2016
Spring 2017 Fall 2016

Note: Effective with the 2015-16 academic year, Capstone Project Seminar will be offered in spring and summer only.

You or your advisor may forward the signed proposal to 
John Zbikowski, 
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, 
via campus mail. Confirmation will be sent to you.

Electronic signatures are also acceptable. Advisors can indicate their approval of proposals in email messages sent directly to by the deadline, preferably with electronic copies of the proposals attached.

Contact your advisor or the instructor of your section of EDUINDP 724, Planning for Change (if applicable), if you have questions about which box to check to indicate whether your project is subject to full board review. For an overview of information about Institutional Review Board (human subjects) procedures, visit the UW-Whitewater compliance website.

Note that submitting the proposal does not constitute registration for the seminar. You may register for the Capstone Project Seminar (EDUINDP 789) in the earliest semester for which you are eligible OR in any later semester without updating your proposal. You will need your advisor's approval for your proposal, and you should notify your advisor when you register for the Capstone Project Seminar (EDUINDP 789). When your approved proposal is on file, contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at 262-472-1122 or when you are ready to enroll so that you will be able to register for the seminar on WINS.

At the start of the Capstone Project Seminar, you should have ready in draft form an introduction to your project (purpose and nature of the project), a review of related literature, and a description of how you implemented the project. Students who have completed EDUINDP 724,Planning for Change, and EDUINDP 727, Capstone Advising II, should also have drafted chapters with results and conclusions.

When you register for the Capstone Project Seminar, it would be a good idea to submit an application for graduation if you have not already done so. You need to notify the School of Graduate Studies of your intention to graduate using this form even if you do not plan to participate in commencement ceremonies. Your notification alerts the Graduate School to conduct a final review of your transcript and to post your degree when you finish.