Program Overview

Black Hills State University offers a Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI). The goal of this program is to facilitate professional growth while preparing graduate candidates for leadership in roles beyond the classroom. Students will expand their understanding of research and research-based practices while preparing to be a Math Specialist, Science Specialist, or Technology Integrationist. Individuals will have opportunities to take graduate work directly into classrooms and into leadership experiences to better connect theory to practice.

Math and Science Specialist programs lead to advanced certifications in the state of South Dakota. The Technology Integrationist program prepares technology integrationists but also has broader instructional purposes for persons not employed as P-12 teachers. Courses in each of the four specializations align with national standards of the designated professional association.

The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction offers four different plans of study and each plan leads to different opportunities. The Technology Integrationist plan allows students to take all courses online except for a practicum arranged in each student’s home location in the last semester. Graduates who are certified teachers are prepared to add the South Dakota K-12 Technology Integrationist endorsement, as well as the South Dakota K-12 Classroom Teaching endorsement.  Persons who work with adult learners in professional development roles in business or the military can enhance their use of instructional strategies through this program.  The Math Specialist plan offers core courses online and specialization courses in a site-based format. The program meets South Dakota requirements for the Math Specialist designation. Graduates are prepared to serve school districts as teacher leaders, math coaches, and math coordinators. Lastly, the Science Specialist plan offers core courses online and specialization courses in a site-based format. The program meets South Dakota requirements for the Science Specialist designation.  Graduates are prepared to be school and district leaders in science.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Black Hills State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located on a 123-acre campus in Spearfish, South Dakota. Founded in 1883 when South Dakota was still a territory, the university opened as Dakota Territorial Normal School. Through the twentieth century, the school continued to evolve and expand educational opportunities, and in the 1990s, officially became recognized as Black Hills State University. The twenty-first century’s vision of BHSU is to “be recognized as an innovative, high-quality University in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world,” and the university is committed to: scholarship; student-centeredness; educational excellence and lifelong learning; integrity; inclusiveness; and innovation and change.

    Students attending Black Hills can pursue undergraduate fields of study, including associate’s and bachelor's degrees, in business, technology, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, arts, humanities, and education. Graduate programs offer master’s and certificate options in fields, such as business administration, education, and leadership. Along with a wide range of individual online courses, Black Hills State University supports online master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates and endorsements. Through BHSU Educational Outreach, students can access distance education resources and support.


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