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.

Credit hours required: 31


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Program Benefits

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 

Career Options

Through this program, candidates can earn an endorsement in Bilingual Education. 

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry and the courses offered toward the degree.

Teaching and Inquiry, M.S.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Teacher Education at (773) 442-5380.

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