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BHSU holds reception for Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction Program

A reception was held at Black Hills State University before commencement for the graduates in the BHSU Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) program. Dr. Nancy Hall, right, visits with students who have taken online courses for the last two years as part of the MSCI program.

A reception was held at Black Hills State University before commencement for the graduates in the BHSU Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) program. The reception gave students who have taken online courses the opportunity to meet each other and their faculty in person.

Most of the MSCI students have been members of online learning communities for the past two years, and they came to the reception ready to pick up their conversations in person after conversing often online.

Students from states as far away as Alaska, Oregon, and Ohio—and from countries as far away as Paraguay—have completed the MSCI program from BHSU. Educators in any location can take online courses that prepare them for leadership roles as reading specialists or technology integrationists, with practicum experiences arranged in their home locations, according to Patricia Simpson, professor in the College of Education.

Enrollment has more than tripled in the last five years in the MSCI program as word has spread about the quality of the degree program and the convenience of its online course delivery.

One 2010 MSCI graduate commented, “I want you to know how much I appreciate this master's program and the opportunity that it has given me to impact even more students’ and educators’ learning experiences.”

The MSCI program is now accepting applications for the fall 2010 cohort. For more information visit www.BHSU.edu/ MSCI or contact Dr. Pat Simpson, graduate coordinator in the College of Education Graduate Coordinator, at Patricia.Simpson@BHSU.edu or 605-641-4215.

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