|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.
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.
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
For information, contact the graduate coordinator for
the College of Education, Dr. Tim Molseed at (605)
642-6131 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org