This course is intended to prepare education professionals in writing academic discourse for publication and presentation through rhetorical analyses of academic journal articles and familiarization with research foundations. The course is designed to assist students in becoming critical consumer of research and reflective, evidence-based decision-makers. As educators, it is important to learn and apply research skills and foster a greater understanding of current practices, and contribute to the potential of conducting research and evaluation. Further, being able to communicate findings, research syntheses, and conceptual arguments arguments with other professionals is crucial to not only understanding the current body of literature but also how to contribute to the literature. The foci in this course will be on article analysis, writing of slected short pieces, and creating a research synthesis on a topic of interest.