AIP Informational Forum 

Want to know more about Woodland Park Zoo’s Master’s Program for Educators? Attend our informational forum about the Advanced Inquiry Program! Join other classroom and informal educators from around Puget Sound to learn more about this Master’s degree opportunity.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center 

This informational forum includes snacks and a live animal presentation! For more information or to RSVP, please email or call 206.548.2581. 

A Master's Degree Opportunity for Educators 

Woodland Park Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio are thrilled to introduce the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting new Master’s program for educators. The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) offers a ground-breaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social change, public engagement and ecological stewardship.

Co-delivered by faculty at Miami University and Woodland Park Zoo professional education staff, the AIP combines graduate courses at the zoo with web-based learning communities that connect you to a broad network of educators and community leaders.

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, graduate programs, and conservation partnerships worldwide. AIP Master’s students join a growing alliance of education, environmental, and community leaders. The AIP is a first-of-its-kind graduate degree co-delivered by major community institutions committed to local, national, and global change. 

Woodland Park Zoo Your AIP Master Institution

As one of eight national Master Institutions for the AIP, Woodland Park Zoo is excited to offer local Washington educators unique learning experiences on zoo grounds, in natural settings around Washington, and at field conservation sites around the world. Based in Woodland Park Zoo's strong foundation of educator professional development experiences, the Advanced Inquiry Program provides a strong foundation in ecological literacy, skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Students make local connections, receive individualized mentoring, and share their work at the zoo and in their community. Students also join fellow students, AIP faculty, and leaders across the U.S. in web-based learning communities for collaborative research and national inquiry projects.

Advanced Inquiry Program Benefits: 

  • The zoo and the world as your classroom: 21 credit hours are completed at Woodland Park Zoo or field sites around Washington state and 14 credit hours taken with AIP Master’s students nationwide via web-based learning communities. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course (www. may count toward the degree.
  • Convenient: can be completed in 2 1/2 years part-time while working!
  • Affordable: approximately $3,560 per year for basic courses and fees!
  • Relevant to the classroom and informal education settings: All program activities and materials integrate Washington's Science and Environmental and Sustainability Learning Standards, national science standards for inquiry-based science learning, and best practices in informal science education. 

Approved for Certification or Endorsements?

Degree authorization details:

This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Prospective Washington State students are also advised to contact the Office of the Superintendant of Public Instruction at 360-725-6275 or to determine whether this education program is approved for endorsements in Washington State.

Miami University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting  institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Miami University to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.



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