Jeanne Germain

Graduate Programs

Shared Inquiry Community

Master of Science in Education - Professional Development

The Master of Science in Education in Professional Development connects educators with theory, practice, and application. Using a learning community model to foster inquiry, self-reflection, collaborative learning and independent learning, teachers will build their skills in supporting unique learner needs and overall student achievement.


Graduates of this degree program will experience transformational growth in their understanding of the learner, the learning process and their practice. As educational leaders, they will become change agents promoting equity and growth opportunities for their colleagues. Their new proficiencies will transform schools and classrooms through their development as educational practitioners, researchers, and scholars.

Who Should Enroll

  • All Pre-K to 12 educators who want to lead their schools in enhanced learning experiences;
  • Teachers interested in obtaining master teacher status; and
  • Other professionals with access to academic settings who want to develop their leadership and teaching abilities.

Key Features

  • Complete your degree in five, six-credit terms with a cohort of peers.
  • Meet on weekends and evenings with online coursework.
  • Aligned with the standards of Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
  • Classes are taught and facilitated by accredited faculty and experienced practitioners.

Program Curriculum


Fall Start

First Fall Term:
Learning in Community: Collaboration and Reflection
Introduction to Educational Research

First Spring Term:
Cultivating Social Justice and Equity
Educational Action Research Methods and Practice

Summer Term:
Capstone Seminar
Independent Experiential Learning Seminar or Elective

Second Fall Term:
The Learner: Knowledge Construction and Meeting the Unique Needs of Students
The Learning Process: Construction of Effective Learning Environments

Second Spring Term:
The Profession: Current Trends & the Teacher-Leader
Capstone Project

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.

Quick Response


Attend An Open House

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

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Pamela Bowen
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