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Master of science in education degree revised at BHSU

The College of Education at Black Hills State University has announced the introduction of the revised Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) degree.

The College of Education has scheduled a series of information meetings in the Black Hills area for those interested in learning more about the newly revised program. Meetings are scheduled for Monday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Jonas 202 at Black Hills State University, Tuesday, April 18, at 5 p.m. in the Hot Springs school administrative office conference room and Thursday, April 27 at 5 p.m. at the Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE) offices at 1925 Plaza Blvd. in Rapid City.

The revised MSCI degree is scheduled to begin this summer and is designed to promote individual change within the profession of teaching. The college incorporated the standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in establishing a philosophical orientation that will extend the student's prior knowledge and experiences through a better understanding of research and practices.

The program is designed around the idea of the working student, with evening classes, and to a varying extent, include the use of a variety of course deliver methods such as distance education two-way audio/video communication and internet-based courses.

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One of the major new elements of the MSCI is the concept of group cohorts who will progress through the program in an established and sequenced process. The cohort concept allows for a high degree of student and faculty collaboration and a strong continuity that will connect the coursework to the individual learning needs of each student.

The 35-credit program includes a core curriculum of 26 credits and nine elective credits. The core curriculum is categorized into a series of five modules with up to two classes in each module. The first module serves as the introductory process to the MSCI. The second module is directed toward issues of educational research and technology, while the third module examines curriculum, instruction and assessment. The fourth module focuses on helping create teacher leaders and the fifth module serves as the capstone for individual student research.

Another change deals with the admission process. Students are no longer required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be admitted as candidates to the degree. Beginning this summer, candidacy will be considered based upon a series of references, grade-point averages, and the completion of an evaluated critical reflection writing.

For information, contact the graduate coordinator for the College of Education, Dr. Tim Molseed at (605) 642-6131 or e-mail at timmolseed@bhsu.edu .