Scholarly Writing and APA for Teachers – EDUC 306

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/20/2021

Course Description

This course provides training in professional writing skills, including principles of form, structure, and grammar.


Please note, this course is not part of a program leading to eligibility of a Virginia state teaching license (or license in any other state). Individuals seeking to obtain a state teaching license should contact soelicensure@liberty.edu for recommended course options.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Mastery of written communication skills is imperative for a teacher to obtain. Being able to communicate clearly and concisely to a specific audience for a specific purpose through the written word is an everyday task for a teacher. This course will familiarize students with current APA, a style of writing that is commonly used in the field of education for coursework and professional development, and various other forms of professional writing.

 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, lecture presentations, and journal articles

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250-350 words with at least 1 in-text citation and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words. (CLO: A, B, E)

Topic Proposal

The candidate will propose a topic to research that is relevant to K-12 education. The topic should be specific enough to locate current research studies to support the topic. (CLO: B, D)

Article Response Paper

The candidate will write a 350-450-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on one of three topic choices: stress management for teachers, communicating with colleagues, or classroom blogs. The paper must include at least 1 reference in addition to the the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Written Communication Evaluation

The candidate will write a 400-500-word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on one form of written communication used by educators. The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Reaction Paper

The candidate will write a 700-850-word research-based paper with a 150-250-word abstract in current APA format that focuses on an education-related topic (topic approved from Group Annotated Bibliography). The paper must include at least 2 references in addition to the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, E)

Letter of Reflection

The candidate will write a 4-paragraph (each paragraph 6-7 sentences) formal letter to the professor in a professional letter format and current APA format that focuses on critical reflections of individual growth in the areas of scholarly and professional writing. (CLO: A, B, D, E)

Quiz: Citations

The candidate will locate 2 scholarly and relevant peer-reviewed research studies that aligns with the proposed topic that is relevant to K-12 education. The candidate will construct the citation in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D)

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 questions with a combination of multiple-choice, matching, short answer, and true/false questions. (CLO: A, B)