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 thinking, human diversity, teaching diverse students, teaching 21st century skills, inquiry- and project-based curriculum design, and action research.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.

  • Current and valid state teacher licensure

  • Two letters of recommendation as part of the program application. One must be written by a teacher or administrator at the applicant’s school or previous school.

  • Evidence of minimum of two years successful K-9 teaching.

  • A 400-word writing sample as part of the program application.

Requirements for the MSTI Degree

ELED-506Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers3
ELED-507Action Research Design Seminar1
ELED-508Action Research Project3
ELED-520Curriculum And Inquiry3
ELED-525New Literacies For The 21st Century3
BLBC-439Cultural Diversity In Our Schools3
5 Elective Courses 115
Total Hours31
1

Students can take any graduate (400 or 500 level) course offered in the Teacher Education Department, Literacy Education Program and Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies.

Students can take graduate courses in Special Education and Educational Leadership and Development with the approval of their MSTI program advisor and the selected department.   Students can take approved graduate courses associated with STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).  Students can take one course in the College of Arts & Sciences to improve specific content knowledge that they teach (i.e. history, math, writing, etc.). This course must be approved by the program advisor. 

Action Research Project

In Term 4, in ELED-507 Action Research Design Seminar, students will design an original research project.  In ELED 508 (Term 5) students will 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. See more information in ISBE Website).

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ELED-506Research Methodologies For Classroom Teachers3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours6
Term 2
ELED-525New Literacies For The 21st Century3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours6
Term 3
ELED-520Curriculum And Inquiry3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours6
Second Year
Term 1
BLBC-439Cultural Diversity In Our Schools3
ELED-507Action Research Design Seminar1
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours7
Term 2
ELED-508Action Research Project3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours6
 Total Hours: 31