ADVANCED INQUIRY PROGRAM

Earn your Master’s the wild way!

 

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting web-based Master’s degree program from Miami University with experiential learning and field study with the zoo. The AIP is designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings, and the program offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.

 

APPLY TODAY

Applications accepted until February 28 for summer enrollment.

AIP INFORMATION SESSIONS 

 

Want to know more about Woodland Park Zoo’s Master’s Program for Educators?

Attend an 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, November 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center
Tuesday, November 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. via Webinar 
Thursday, January 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo's Education Center
Monday, January 22  from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. via Webinar 

For more information or to RSVP, please email aip@zoo.org or call 206.548.2424 ext 4.

 

 

BENEFITS

Benefits of the AIP

  • The zoo as a window to your world of learning: AIP Master’s students earn 35 total credit hours: 21 credit hours of AIP W+ courses that combine web-based instruction with experiential learning on-site at Woodland Park Zoo plus 14 credit hours of AIP Core Courses that occur on the web. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree. 

  • Convenient and flexible: Can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years part-time while working!

  • Affordable: Approximately $5,600 per year for basic courses and fees! (Course costs are subject to annual budget approval and are subject to change.)

  • Relevant: Program courses and projects integrate Washington State Science Learning Standards for inquiry-based science learning, best practices in informal science and conservation education, and participatory education as a tool to engage all communities in the creation of a more sustainable future. 

 

Inspiring change in our students and the community

IMPACT ON STUDENTS

COURSE OF STUDY

 

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 significant experience with educator professional development, the AIP 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.

Download an AIP Course Overview PDF

Current AIP Courses

PROGRAM DETAILS

Eligibility

Enrollment is open to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree regardless of academic major or profession. The AIP is designed for a variety of working professionals and individuals interested in advancing their careers in education and conservation, and can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years taking classes part-time while working.

Requirements

21 credit hours of AIP W+ courses that combine web-based instruction with experiential learning on-site at Woodland Park Zoo plus 14 credit hours of AIP Core Courses that occur on the web. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course (www.earthexpeditions.org) may count toward the degree.

Course of Study

Sample Graduate Course Topics

  • Foundations of Inquiry
  • Zoo Expeditions: Animal Behavior & Conservation
  • Perspectives in Environment & Culture
  • Global Biomes
  • Engaging Communities in Conservation Solutions
  • Northwest Wildlife Conservation


Annual Cost Estimate

For information on estimated program costs, please visit Project Dragonfly's Estimated Costs page.

Degrees

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 (see Project Dragonfly’s program details). MA and MAT candidates go through the Advanced Inquiry Program together. 

 

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 Superintendent of Public Instruction at 360.725.6275 or pesb@k12.wa.us 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.

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Professional Certificate

Select Advanced Inquiry Program courses may count toward the Association of Zoo & Aquariums’ Professional Certificate Program

 

APPLY TODAY

Applications accepted until February 28 for summer enrollment.

Faculty and Community

 

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 professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings.

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.

Meet the Faculty

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Applications

Accepted until February 28 for summer enrollment.
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Frequently Asked Questions

READ THE FAQ

Project Dragonfly’s FAQ page

Contact Us

If you cannot find the answers to your questions or need additional help please call 206.548.2581 or email aip@zoo.org.