West Texas A&M University

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EdD Writing Artifact

Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership

Writing Artifact Information

We require one (1) writing artifact that is cohesive and whole and answers one (1) of the following writing prompts:

  1. Identify a problem or challenge that you have encountered in your role as an educator, explain the plan you developed and implemented to resolve the problem/challenge, and evaluate the effectiveness of your plan and its resolution.

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  2. Describe a time in your professional experiences in which you were called upon to make a decision that compromised a personal, ethical, and/or moral code. Discuss how you addressed or resolved the situation and the resulting positive and negative consequences of your decision.

The resulting paper should be from one to five (1-5) pages in length and should be formatted with 1” margins, 12 point font in Times New Roman, and double spaced. Your content and writing will be evaluated via the following rubric:

Category 4 Points 3 Points 2 Points 1 Point

Writing Artifact (This is also the rubric used to evaluate your application letter)

Writing is clear, authentic, and uses compelling content to shape the entirety of the work. The composition illustrates mastery of ideas and concepts and conveys understanding. The composition is free from spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors.

Writing is clear, authentic, and uses relevant content to analyze ideas within the discipline. The composition is free from spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors. Writing uses appropriate content to explore ideas. The composition contains minor mechanical or grammatical errors that do not interfere with the communication of thought. Writing uses emerging content to develop ideas. The composition contains noticeable mechanical errors that may or may not interfere with the communication of thought. Writing uses emerging content to develop ideas. The composition contains noticeable mechanical errors that may or may not interfere with the communication of thought.

If you are familiar with writing research articles, please follow the APA 6th edition style guide. Please view our website for an example of a conceptual research article.

If you are not familiar with research writing, we recommend you do not attempt to follow the APA 6th style guide. Your writing artifact will be evaluated using the rubric above, which does not mention this requirement. We do, however, want the composition to be free from spelling, grammatical, and mechanical errors.

In lieu of a response to the writing prompt, you may submit one (1) of the following items that has been compiled / published / written within the past six (6) years:

  1. A research term paper,
  2. A grant proposal,
  3. A published article,
  4. A book chapter,
  5. A district or agency report that is redacted, or
  6. A comprehensive analysis of data compiled by the applicant

NOTE: Should you have further questions, please contact Dr. JoAnn Klinker at jklinker@wtamu.edu.