Goals of MSCI
The goal of the Black Hills State University Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) is to facilitate professional growth while preparing graduate candidates for leadership in roles beyond the classroom. Join us and expand your understanding of research and research-based practices while you prepare to be a Math Specialist, Science Specialist, or Technology Integrationist. You will have opportunities to take graduate work directly into your classrooms and into leadership experiences to better connect theory to practice.
State and National Standards
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 (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, National Science Teachers Association, or International Society for Technology Education). Core courses are guided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
The MSCI uses a cohort structure that establishes a core of learning relationships and develops faculty and student collaboration. Students move through the MSCI together in a sequence of courses leading to the 35-credit degree.
The MSCI Technology Integrationist and M.Ed Reading Specialist programs of study are online except for clinical practice experiences arranged for students in their home locations during the last full semester of study. These two programs are designed to be completed in two years. The MSCI Math Specialist and MSCI Science Specialist programs are partially site-based with core courses online.
Programs of Study
The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) offers four different plans of study. Each plan leads to different opportunities. Go to Programs of Study to take a closer look.
Dr. Faye LaDuke Pelster - Graduate Program Coordinator