Northeastern Illinois University

College of Education

M.S. Teaching and Inquiry (MSTI)


5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Graduate Admissions, Room D-101D

Chicago, IL 60625

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Teaching and Inquiry, M.S.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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 Fall 1 ELED 506 Research Methodologies for Classroom Teacher Elective 1 Spring 1 ELED 525 New Literacies for the 21st Century Elective 2 Summer 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


The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education (NCATE), the premier accrediting body approved by the U.s. Department of Education. This means that our programs and our faculty undergo a rigorous peer review process every seven years. Our theme, COE Professionals; Reflective, Collaborative, Transformative, underpins our emphasis on our performance standards aligned with the Illinois Standards for School Professionals (IPTS). So, you can see that the COE at NEIU represents the highest standards of professional excellence, commitment to diversity, and collaboration with each other and with our local community.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 31

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): In-state $364.60 Out-of-state $671.60 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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