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Capstone Preparation

Step 1: Do you Qualify?

You must meet the prerequisites for the Capstone (OCED 4360/4361)

  • Completed OCED 3350/OCED 4350.
  • Must be Core Complete.
  • OE Module must be Complete.
  • 2.25 GPA in the Professional Development (PD) module.
  • 2.00 Texas State GPA.
  • OCED 4360 and OCED 4361 are taken in the semester you graduate. They should be the only classes you take.

NOTE

  • CLEP/DSST Examinations AND/OR Correspondence Courses may not be taken in the last semester of the degree.

  • Preparing for Your Capstone Project

    • If you already have a site, project, and site supervisor, you can skip this step and start your application in Step 2: The Application
    • You need to know what project you will complete, where you will complete the project, and who will be your site supervisor in order to complete your capstone application
    • Your capstone project must relate to five (5) of your seven (7) Professional Development (PD) classes
    • Review the An Overview of the OWLS BAAS Capstone document
  •  An Overview of the OWLS BAAS Capstone

  • Finding Capstone Sites

    • The site you choose will depend upon your professional goals after graduation
    • Think about your project, and what value it can bring to an organization. That is a great step in identifying an industry or organization to approach. For example, if you’re interested in training and development, can you identify a business, department, or organization that could benefit from a new training manual?
    • Many nonprofit organizations and local businesses serve as great prospects for capstone projects
    • Talk to friends and relatives who work in your preferred field about doing a project for their organization
    • Schedule an appointment with Career Services to discuss your goals for this project. They can assist with helping you identify a site, and provide guidance on how to connect with them. Career Services assistance is available to all Texas State students and alumni
      • Career Services: (512) 245-2645; The College of Applied Arts Career Advisor is Ross Wood.
      • Note that Career Services DOES NOT have a list of organizations that BAAS students can use. It is up to each individual student to secure an appropriate capstone site.
    • Note: If you are a veteran student, the Texas Workforce Commission has a list of Internship/ Capstone Sites. Please click here for more information!
  • Your Place of Employment as Your Capstone Site

    • Many BAAS students choose to do their projects with the organization where they currently work.
    • If you choose this option, keep in mind the following requirements:
      • Your capstone project cannot be a duplication of your job duties
        • The project you create must be a new experience for you.
      • Your site supervisor cannot be your work supervisor.
        • If you hope to be promoted at work after you earn your degree, talk to your boss’ boss about a project and being your site supervisor.
        • If you hope to move to a different department within your organization after you earn your degree, talk to that department about a project and being your site supervisor.
  • Finding Site Supervisors

    • Your capstone supervisor is someone who can act as a mentor during your project.
    • The site supervisor should possess the following qualities:
      • Holds a position higher than, or different from, the one you currently hold
      • Has extensive knowledge of the organizational needs and the capstone project’s contribution to the organization
      • Can help you determine the best resources to reference and ways to accomplish your project
    • In addition to a site supervisor, you will need an Independent Evaluator (IE).
      • Your IE should be knowledgably about your project but should not be someone you go to for help with the project.
      • Your IE will fill out evaluation forms on your progress throughout the course of your project completion. You will create these evaluation forms in your first capstone class – OCED 4360.
  • Developing Your Capstone Project

    • Since the BAAS degree is an individualized degree program, no two capstone projects are exactly the same
      • Each project is unique to each student’s career goals, courses taken in the Professional Development (PD) module, and the needs of the organization
    • Download the EXAMPLE Sites, Titles, and Projects document
      • The examples are from recent capstone students
      • Use the lists to think about project possibilities, acceptable sites, and typical capstone titles
      • You may not duplicate any of the examples – they are provided as examples only and may not be repeated or copied
      • In order to compete your capstone application, you will need to know where you will complete your project, what you will be creating for the project, and who your site supervisor will be 
    • The EXAMPLE documents are organized by common PD themes
      • You are encouraged to read all of the examples (not just the ones that relate most closely to your future career goals) and think about what type of project would both benefit society and your future career goals
        • Research shows that if we examine a wide-range of topics and ideas, we will be better able to determine the best course of action to solve our particular problem 
        • Diversity of ideas is an important tool to find novel and worthwhile solutions to problems
      • You may notice that some past projects are shown on more than one example sheet. This is because many projects can be utilized BY, and of benefit to, many different types of organizations and occupational goals. This is also why you are encouraged to view ALL of the example sheets - you never know which example might spark your creative thought processes!
    • Remember to stretch your skill set by developing a project that will be a new learning experience for you

For all Capstone questions and inquiries, please email the OWLS Department at OWLS@txstate.edu