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For general questions about the AIP, please see Project Dragonfly’s AIP Frequently Asked Questions


AIP Frequently Asked Questions

What will this program prepare me to do as a career?

Through the Advanced Inquiry Program, students develop specific content knowledge and skills in the following areas: biodiversity and conservation biology, evolution, community engagement, inquiry-based science education, ecological literacy, science writing and publishing, environmental stewardship, leadership, and more. These skills can be beneficial in a current work environment or help prepare for a new career.

There are two degree options offered. Applicants elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in the Biological Sciences or a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biology. MA and MAT candidates go through the Advanced Inquiry Program together and take all of the same required courses. The MAT option is intended for applicants who either are already certified to teach, have an academic degree in education and/or teach in a K-12 school. The MA option is for educators and other professionals who do not meet those criteria.

Through a variety of course projects, AIP students can hone their own focus within the program, based on their personal and professional goals. For classroom teachers, AIP course projects can be structured to support classroom and district goals. AIP graduates in classroom settings will be well prepared to gain leadership positions in formal education settings and may qualify for salary advancement. AIP graduates have found that the AIP degree qualifies them for salary advancement with their school district; however, educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Informal educators and professionals in other settings can focus their course projects to support their own and/or their organization’s professional educational goals. AIP graduates interested in education outside of the formal classroom setting will be well prepared for informal education positions in any organization whose mission includes science education, conservation, environmental stewardship and/or sustainability

Will this program prepare me to be a zookeeper?

What about a career as a conservation scientist?

What impact will this have on my teaching? Will the AIP support me in helping students meet state science and environmental learning standards?

Does the AIP confer a teaching certificate or endorsement? Does the AIP qualify me for salary advancement?

Will this program prepare me for a job at Woodland Park Zoo?

Can I volunteer with animals at the zoo as part of my AIP?

Can I apply before I graduate with my Bachelor’s degree?