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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Department Writing Standards

Communicating ideas clearly and appropriately to a variety of audiences in both oral and written form is a hallmark of an effective educational leader. Therefore, writing is one of the central activities of the ELPS program through which students accumulate, communicate, and demonstrate learning.

All writing in the ELPS classes from postings on electronic bulletin boards and power-point presentations, to personal essays, to formal research papers will be evaluated according to the conventions of Standard American English mechanics, grammar, usage, and organization and in the general format of APA style. (See ELPS Student Writing Rubric).

General Format for APA Style

Your essay

, if required by the professor, can include any of the following:


Please see the following suggested resources for heading levels, sample papers, and proper formatting of citations in the body of your text as well as in the reference list.

For resources regarding proper grammar and usage as well as interactive grammar exercises, see the following:

ELPS Writing Rubric

Paragraph for ELPS Department Syllabi

Presentation of Written Materials:

The ELPS department has adopted the American Psychological Association (APA) style of citations, references, and editorial style for use by our students to create uniformity in the written materials submitted over the course of the program. Information about the “APA Style” can be obtained through the Oviatt Library at the following website: http://library.csun.edu/Guides/ResearchStrategies/CitationStyleGuides.

Another excellent website for APA guidance is: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.

ELPS Department Writing Standards and ELPS Department Writing Rubric at:

The ELPS Department also encourages students to contact the CSUN Writing Center and Lab (818 677-2033), located in the Learning Resources Center in Bayramian Hall 408, for help with academic writing, research papers, and/or note taking techniques.