The Master of Science in Teaching & Inquiry (MSTI) program is for teachers interested in developing and expanding their craft, knowledge, and skills for teaching in the 21st century. The MSTI program is open to K-8 teachers with a minimum of two years of teaching in their own classroom.
The Master of Science in Teaching & Inquiry (MSTI) Program is designed for licensed teachers with a minimum of two years of successful K-9 teaching experience in their own classroom. This program has five key features:
- Students design half of their program to focus on the areas of professional growth they are most interested in pursuing.
- The program takes five terms to complete. Each term students take one required core course and one elective. (Term 4 also includes a required 1 credit hour research seminar.)
- Upon acceptance into the program, students meet with a program advisor to create an Electives Plan based on their professional goals. This plan may change as students progress through the program based on their evolving interests.
- One elective can be a general education course in the College of Arts and Sciences to improve content knowledge in a subject the student teaches (i.e. history, writing, math, etc.)
- Students will design and implement an original action research project in their classroom based on a specific research/education interest that is developed with program faculty.
The MSTI program is designed to cultivate teachers who are critical and creative educators, connect theory to classroom practice, develop a 21st century classroom curriculum for the success of all students, understand 21st century teaching methodologies, and becoming educational change agents. The program core courses have a focus that includes: critical and creative thinking, human and global diversity, teaching diverse students, teaching 21st century skills, inquiry- and project-based curriculum design, problem-based curriculum and action research.
MSTI students can also choose to focus their five electives in a specific area, such as in literacy, early childhood education, or earn an endorsement in Bilingual Education.
Credit hours required: 31
The M.S. in Teaching and Inquiry is designed to develop and expand teaching skills and knowledge through the focus of the five core courses in the program:
- inquiry-based teaching
- project-based teaching
- authentic and integrated curriculum development
- teaching 21st-century literacies
- multicultural education
- teacher action research
Through this program, candidates can earn an endorsement in Bilingual Education.
|ELED-506 Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers
|ELED-507 Action Research Design Seminar
|ELED-508 Action Research Project
|ELED-520 Curriculum And Inquiry
|ELED-525 New Literacies For The 21st Century
|BLBC-439 Cultural Diversity In Our Schools
|5 Elective Courses
Students can take a wide variety of electives from departments and programs across the Goodwin College of Education and some appropriate courses in the College of Arts & Sciences. All electives must be approved by the Advisor and department. All electives must be 400 or 500 level graduate courses. Students can take approved graduate courses associated with STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Mathematics).
Action Research Project
In Term 4, in ELED 506 Research Methodologies for Classroom Teachers, students choose a focus for their Action Research Project and write a Literature Review. In ELED-507 Action Research Design Seminar (also in Term 4), students design their original research project. In ELED 508 (Term 5) students carry out their Action Research Project. (If a student is not currently in a classroom, another classroom is used for their action research project.) Students will write their research as an Action Research Paper and share their project in a multimedia presentation in the Action Research Forum. All MSTI students attend the Action Research Forum.
Exit Requirements For Degree Completion
- Successful completion of all courses
- Action Research Project Paper
- Action Research Project Presentation
Endorsement Requirements (Optional)
If students choose to pursue an endorsement as part of the MSTI Program (such as ESL or Bilingual Education), they must successfully complete all endorsement courses and any tests required by the State of Illinois.