Advanced Inquiry Program at Brookfield Zoo

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The Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo and Project Dragonfly at Miami University of Ohio are partnering to bring an exciting new Master’s degree program to the Chicagoland area. The program began in the summer of 2010.

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is an inquiry-driven learning experience allowing participants to take classes in-person from faculty at Brookfield Zoo and online from Miami University faculty. The opportunity to earn seven credits from international travel is another exciting part of the program. And the best news of all – it’s affordable!

Enrollment is open to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree regardless of academic major or profession. It is designed for teachers and other educational professionals.

Applicants elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences (MAT, designed for certified teachers) or a Master of Arts in Biology (designed for all other professionals) from Miami University. MA and MAT candidates go through the AIP together. Note: The MAT program does not confer a teaching license or certification.

Participants are required to take 21 credit hours at Brookfield Zoo, plus 14 credit hours online through Miami University. THIS INCLUDES A 4 OR 5 DAY FACE-TO-FACE MEETING DURING EACH SUMMER. Students will also complete a Master’s portfolio. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course (www. may count toward the degree. The AIP can be completed in 2.5 years taking classes on a part-time basis while working.


The AIP curriculum provides real-world experiences that also advance district, state, and national educational standards. AIP Master’s candidates use inquiry not only as a tool for integrated learning, but as a powerful agent for student achievement, public engagement, and ecological stewardship. Participants may choose to develop a portfolio adaptable to National Board Certification.

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