University of Sioux Falls
EDU 598 Practicum: Planning and
Implementing Literacy Change
Credit Hours: 3 semester hours
Lead Instructor: Dr. Beth Jernberg
E-Mail : Beth.Jernberg@usiouxfalls.edu
Instructor: Dr. Rachelle Loven
Assistant: Dr. Bonnie Boschee
E-Mail : Rachelle.Loven@usiouxfalls.edu
Instructor: Dr. Sandy Odegaard
Dates: Class meetings are held according to the following schedule --
September 11, October 23, December 11, and February 26
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Glidden 212
Prerequisite: EDU 585 Research Methods
Graduate students will demonstrate leadership skills in applying the knowledge and skills learned in the
Master’s of Education program, by creating a significant improvement in a school district. The application
of strategic, instructional, organizational, and contextual leadership skills will result in the completion of
the Research Application Project in approved written form. Within the model of teacher as a developing
professional, this course will emphasize the components of researcher and communicator.
1. Applying the knowledge, skills, and attributes learned in this program to a school
setting, which will lead to improvement in reading instruction.
2. Understanding the fundamental principles of conducting, reporting, and analyzing
research in oral and written formats.
3. Spending an extended period of time in diverse settings, working with a variety of
school personnel and constituents.
4. Establishing relationships with school leaders and staff.
5. Working within internal and external political systems.
6. Making decisions based on moral and ethical implications.
7. Developing appropriate procedures and relationships for working with teachers,
administrators, school board members and school community groups.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. (5th ed.) American
Psychological Association: Washington, DC
This course uses a combination of individualized instruction and problem solving skills.
The committee chair will read and provide feedback on two drafts for each chapter,
provided that the draft is submitted in time to meet the deadline.
If the draft is not submitted on time, 10% of the points available for the chapter draft will
be forfeited each day, and the student may also forfeit the opportunity for feedback from
the professor for that draft. The professor will also read and provide feedback on the
final product that is submitted two weeks prior to the formal oral presentation. Graduate
students will meet for cohort seminars and communicate individually with the instructor
to complete their RAP. The timeline for completing the course requirements is contained
in the monthly objectives, activities, and deadlines listed later in this syllabus.
The syllabus results from the instructor’s effort to represent fairly the plan for this course.
Circumstances may cause the instructor to make changes in the plan, but such changes
will not be capricious and will be made in a timely fashion. Please speak with your
instructor if there is anything in the syllabus about which you are unclear.
Plagiarism constitutes intellectual theft, whether the plagiarism is intentional or
unintentional. It is heartily condemned by the faculty of USF. Plagiarism occurs when
someone does not properly give attribution to someone else’s words and/or ideas.
When plagiarism is an act of outright theft and deception, it is intentional plagiarism. If
the instance of plagiarism is a result of some kind of oversight, then it is unintentional
plagiarism. In either case, the student will be held accountable.
Examples of intentional plagiarism:
Downloading and using a document from the internet without giving proper
attribution to the original source
Copying a source (such as an academic journal or newspaper) word-for-word
without giving proper attribution
using sentences, paragraphs, or pages of a source without documenting them
submitting a paper written by another student or co-written with another student
Examples of unintentional plagiarism:
Forgetting to include a work in a bibliography;
Failing to document properly page numbers or summarized/paraphrased passages;
Not indicating through signal phrases where summaries and/or paraphrases begin
Using carelessly punctuated quotations and summaries/paraphrases
As an educated person and as a graduate student, you are responsible for understanding
what constitutes plagiarism and avoiding it. If you are ever in doubt about whether or not
you have plagiarized, consult with your instructor.
The penalties for plagiarism depend upon the severity of the case. If, for example, the
plagiarism is unintentional or a result of careless scholarship, I will speak with the
student and ask him or her to rewrite the paper or section. If the plagiarism is intentional,
in accordance with USF policy, a letter will be sent to the Vice President of Academic
Affairs explaining the nature of the infraction. Plagiarism can obviously result in failure
of the course.
1. Graduate Committee selected and approved by the chairperson.
2. Approval of the Research Application proposal and Chapter 1 using the
acceptance form of the Master of Education Program, University of Sioux Falls.
3. Approval of Chapter 3.
4. Approval of Chapter 2.
5. Approval of Chapters 4 and 5.
6. Completed final draft copies of the RAP (given to each person on the Graduate
Committee 2 weeks prior to the student’s oral presentation)
7. Oral presentation to the Graduate Committee on or before May 20th. (The final
copies of the RAP are bound, signed and submitted to the chair of the Graduate
Program within 10 days following the oral presentation)
8. The Guidelines for the Research Application Project (RAP) for the Master of
Education at the University of Sioux Falls is utilized to design and manage the
9. American Psychological Association (APA) requirements are used by the student
to express his/her ideas “in form and style both accepted by and familiar to a
broad, established readership in psychology” (Author, 2004, p.xxiii).
10. Recommended resources listed in the syllabus, on-site advisor, and the Writing
Center are used to assist the student in preparing the research manuscript.
11. The RAP makes an important contribution to the classroom, school, or district.
12. The oral presentation to the Graduate Committee includes the purpose of the
study, the methods and procedures, results, conclusions, and the implications of
the results for the researcher’s school or district. It is concise to no longer than 20
to 25 minutes. The graduate candidate is urged to prepare a Power Point
13. The student attends all scheduled seminars.
The final grade is based on points accumulated on a 1,000 point total:
1. Research Application Proposal 100 pts.
(Evaluated on the basis of quality of planning and meeting the deadline for
development and submission)
2. Individual Chapters 500 pts.
(Up to 100 pts. per chapter, 40 points for the first draft and 60 points for
the second draft) evaluated on the basis of content, quality of writing, and
and meeting the deadlines associated with the first and second drafts )
3. Oral Presentation 100 pts.
(An evaluation instrument is used by the instructor to provide feedback)
4. Completed Manuscript 200 pts.
(Evaluated on the basis of the overall quality of the final product and
meeting the deadline for submission of the manuscript.)
5. Class Participation 100 pts.
(Evaluated on the basis of attendance and participation in seminar
If there is an individual emergency that requires a student to delay completion of the
Research Application Project, an IP will be issued for one additional semester. Any
additional considerations will need to be submitted in writing to the instructor and also
discussed with the Director of the Graduate program. After an additional semester, the IP
will automatically revert to a failing grade for the course, and the student will be required
to repeat the course.
The final grade will be submitted to the Registrar’s office when the student has
successfully completed the Research Application Project, presented her/his study to the
Graduate Committee, and submitted final copies of the RAP to the Director of Graduate
Studies and the Committee Chairperson.
The University of Sioux Falls is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for
students with physical, learning, and/or other types of disabilities. Accommodations for
students with disabilities are made only in consultation with the Director of Disability
Services. If you believe you have a disability requiring accommodation in this or any
course, please contact Mr.. Mark Patterson, Director of Career and Disability Services.
Mr.. Patterson will work with you to secure proper documentation and to help you
arrange appropriate accommodations with your instructors. Mr. Patterson’s office is
located on the 2nd floor of Glidden Hall. His phone number is 331-6740.
THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER – First Meeting is September 11th
1. Review RAP guidelines manual.
2. Develop a topic for the proposal and final project.
3. Identify an onsite advisor.
4. To understand the form and function of Chapter 1.
5. To understand the preliminary processes of research: note-taking, sources,
secondary research, electronic sources, and APA documentation style.
1. Personal introductions
2. Introduction to EDU 598 and review of syllabus.
3. Discussion of time management/writing schedules.
4. Submit demographic information sheet
Due by September 30th:
1. RAP Acceptance Form
2. Draft of Formal Research Proposal
THE MONTH OF OCTOBER – Second meeting is October 23rd
1. To understand problems in the draft of Chapter 1 and how to address those
problems in the form of revision.
2. To understand the importance and function of designing an effective data
3. To compose an effective cover letter if used as part of the research design.
4. To understand the form and function of Chapter 3.
5. To collect, read, and submit three references in proper APA format for
Chapter 2, the review of related literature.
Due by October 20th:
1. Chapter 1 First Draft
2. Final Revision of Research Proposal
October 23rd: Class Meeting 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
Due by October 30th:
1. 3 research references for Chapter 2.
THE MONTHS OF NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER-- Third meeting is December 11th
1. To understand problems in the drafts of Chapters 1 and 3 and how to
address those problems in revisions.
2. To understand the processes involved with research instruments.
3. To understand the importance and function of Chapter 2, the review of
Due by November 20th: Second draft of Chapter 1
Due by November 30th Chapter 3 First Draft
December 11: Class Meeting 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
THE MONTH OF JANUARY
1. To understand problems in the draft of Chapter 3 and how to address
those problems in revisions.
2. To understand the importance and function of Chapter 2
Due by January 20th Chapter 3 Second Draft
Due by January 30th Chapter 2 First Draft
Due by January 31st Submit Application for May 2007 Graduation to Registrar
THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY – Fourth meeting is February 26th.
1. To understand problems in the draft of Chapter 2 and how to address
those problems in revisions.
2. To understand the importance and function of Chapters 4 and 5.
Due by February 20th Chapter 2 Final Draft
Class Meeting: February 26th 4:30 – 6:30 pm.
THE MONTH OF MARCH
Due by March 20th Chapter 4 First Draft
THE MONTHS OF APRIL AND MAY
1. Prepare and present oral summation of the completed research.
2. Review the structure and function of preliminary pages for the
3. Understand the problems in the drafts for chapters 4 and 5 and how to
address these in revisions.
4. Prepare the final document for submission to the Director of Graduate
Due by April 1 Chapter 5 First Draft
Due by April 10 Chapter 4 Second Draft
Due by April 20 Chapter 5 Second Draft
MAY 20TH DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TWO FINAL MANUSCRIPTS.
One copy will be retained by the Graduate Education Office. The other copy will be routed to
the committee chair. Upon receipt of his or her copy of the final manuscript, the committee chair
assigns a final grade for the course.