Jan 20-Apr 24, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $915.50
Instructor(s): John Graves, EdD; Walter Woolbaugh, EdD; Peggy Taylor, EdD; Eric Brunsell, EdD

Restricted to students in Masters of Science in Science Education

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Course Description

A course in the design of classroom-based educational research for practicing teachers. Students will learn the basis of action research in professional development, conduct a pilot action research study in their classroom and construct a full action research proposal based on their individual interests and teaching situation.

MSSE is running three sections of this course taught by three different faculty. You will be assigned to the same instructor you took EDCI 504 from as much possble, but not in all cases.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 9 - 12 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


John Graves, EdD; Walter Woolbaugh, EdD; Peggy Taylor, EdD; Eric Brunsell, EdD.
Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University.


Graduate standing in the Master of Science in Science Education program.

Time Commitment:

9-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $105.50
 Computer Fee$10.50
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher, by Geoffrey E. Mills. ISBN 9780132887762 - 5th Edition.
    Pearson Publishing
  • Improving Schools through Action Research, by Hendricks. ISBN 9780132868648 - 3rd Edition.
    Pearson Publishing

You can order the texts through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (EDCI 505)
  • the titles of the texts
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The texts may also be available from other sources.

    Computer Requirements:

    • Internet access
    • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

    This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

    For More Information

    contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

    Register Online