Shared Inquiry Community
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Master of Science in Education - Professional Development

The shared inquiry process is a learning method in which students search for answers to fundamental questions raised by a text, lecture or experience. Participants in shared inquiry learn to give full consideration to the ideas of others, promoting thoughtful dialogue and open debate.

Who Should Enroll

  • K-12 educators in all teaching areas
  • Higher education and vocational and technical school instructors
  • Anyone interested in developing teaching and leadership skills in an educational setting

Key Features

  • Earn your master's degree within two academic years
  • Meet one weekend a month at a convenient location
  • Work with experienced facilitators and enthusiastic peers
  • Set and achieve personal and professional goals based on educator standards
  • Enjoy a positive learning environment while gaining skills that are immediately applicable and relevant to your current position
  • Create a customized action research project to improve your classroom or school

Program Curriculum

First Semester
SIC 600 Action Research I, 1 credit
SIC 705 Cultural Diversity in Teaching, 3 credits
SIC 760 Introduction to Research, 3 credits

Second Semester
SIC 601 Action Research II, 2 credits
SIC 710 Curriculum Planning in Practice, 3 credits
SIC 715 Integrating Technology in Teaching, 3 credits

Third Semester
SIC 602 Action Research III, 1 credit
SIC 720 Educational Psychology for Teaching, 3 credits
SIC 725 Contemporary Concerns in Education, 3 credits

Fourth Semester
SIC 603 Action Research IV, 2 credits
SIC 756 Path to Teacher Leadership , 3 credits
SIC 765 Independent and Group Research in Education, 3 credits

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the graduate student Admissions Requirements, applicants must submit a one-page, personal letter of intent that includes:

  • the reasons for your interest in this program,
  • a description of your current teaching position; and
  • an explanation of how you plan to apply what you learn in this program.

Please note that this program is specifically designed for practicing teachers and that all courses are completed in a cohort fashion. As such, previously obtained graduate credits will not be accepted into this program.

Attend An Open House

Mobilize interest in forming a community by scheduling an open house in your area. Contact Pamela Bowenmail for information on upcoming visits or to request one for your school or school district.

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