This online course, led by a Fitchburg State University professor, focuses on past and current research in education. Theories, research and implications for instructional practice are emphasized. Candidates are given appropriate instruction on the consumption of research, use of data tools such as Excel, the understanding and development of classroom and action research, and various methodologies associated with educational research. Candidates read studies that test all theories against one another at different points in time. Candidates also develop an understanding of longitudinal studies, sampling procedures, and research bias evaluating competing theories. Candidates report implications for teaching. Finally, candidates develop an action research project.