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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.

Each term MSTI students take one required “core” course and one elective. Students choose their electives from dozens of course options. With MSTI students choosing their five electives, the program allows each student to create the custom program that will most benefit their personal and professional goals. MSTI students can take one general education elective in a subject they teach.

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.

The focus of the five core courses of the MSTI program include:

• Inquiry-based teaching • Project-based teaching • Authentic and integrated curriculum development • Teaching 21st century literacies • Multicultural education • Teacher action research

Credit Hours Required: 31

Admission to the Program 

Applicants to the MSTI program must meet the admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research. In addition candidates must provide evidence of:

• Two years of K-8 teaching in their own classroom • Current Illinois K-8 teaching license • MSTI program application • Submission of a 400-word writing sample


Fall 1

ELED 506: Research Methodologies for Classroom Teachers

Elective 1

Spring 1

ELED 525: New Literacies for the 21st Century Elective 2


ELED 520: Curriculum and Inquiry

Elective 3

Fall 2

BLBC 439: Ethnic Diversity in Schools

ELED 507: Action Research Design Seminar (1 credit hour seminar meets right after BLBC 439) Elective 4

Spring 2

ELED 508: Action Research Project

Elective 5

Program Contact Information 

The College of Graduate Studies and Research (773) 442-6001

MSTI Program Coordinator: Dr. Steven Wolk    (773) 442-5397