Scholarly Writing and APA for Teachers – EDUC 306

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides professional development for preservice and inservice teachers in professional writing skills. Students will examine the principles of form, structure, grammars, and format.


(EDUC 205 or EDUC 220) and ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 and Background Check Receipt with a score of 5


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 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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify rules of mechanics and grammar in professional writing. (PLO: A, A1)
  2. Apply elements of APA Style in professional writing. (PLO: A, A1, B)
  3. Use correct formatting for term papers. (PLO: A, A1)
  4. Practice correct formatting for research projects. (PLO: A, A1)
  5. Explain how biblical principles influence professional writing. (PLO: A, A1, C, C5)

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards 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. (MLO: A, B, E)

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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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. (MLO: 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 APA format that focuses on critical reflections of individual growth in the areas of scholarly and professional writing. (MLO: A, B, D, E)

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, and true/false questions, and have a 60-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B)