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Master of Science: Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI)

Earn your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction. The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) graduate programs at Black Hills State University (BHSU) facilitate professional growth while preparing education professionals for leadership in roles beyond the classroom. As a practicing teacher and graduate student, you will have opportunities to take online and site-based coursework directly into the classroom and into leadership experiences to better connect theory to practice and to expand your understanding of research and research-based practices. Contact Dr. Brian Eberhard (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu), Assistant Professor of Education for information about any of our MSCI programs listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: Completion of an MSCI program does not result in licensure or endorsement to an existing teaching license. 

Take graduate courses for an endorsement to your South Dakota teaching certificate. Students meeting Phase 1 admissions requirements may enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. Contact Dr. Sharla Dowding (Sharla.Dowding@BHSU.edu), Director of Field Experiences and Certification Officer, for information about licensure or endorsements. 

Graduate courses leading to an endorsement may be applied towards a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree. Contact Dr. Brian Eberhard (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu), Assistant Professor of Education, for information about MSCI degree programs and course transfers.

Take graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student. Students meeting Phase 1 admissions requirements may enroll in courses as a non-degree seeking student. Contact Dr. Brian Eberhard (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu), Assistant Professor of Education, for information about enrolling in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student.


MSCI graduate degree programs of study include the following areas of emphasis (area of emphasis does not appear on transcripts) :   

MSCI Secondary Mathematics

Program of Study (30 hours total)

Core Courses (12 hours):

Content Courses (18 hours):

  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher
  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher
  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher
  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher
  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher
  • (3) Elective: MATH 500 or higher

MSCI General Education Studies

Program of Study (33 total hours)

Core Courses (18 hours):

Content Courses (15 hours): Complete 15 Hours of Approved Elective Content Coursework for the MSCI Program:

Consult with your advisor for all elective course selections.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

state & national standards

Courses in each of the areas of emphasis align with state standards and national standards of the designated professional association (National Association of the Education of Young Children, American Library Association School Standards, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, Council for Exceptional Children, and the International Society for Technology in Education). Core courses are guided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).


  • Enhance your knowledge and skills in a specific area of emphasis
  • Further your teaching career
  • Apply coursework to continuing education requirements
  • Apply coursework to South Dakota Department of Education endorsement requirements
  • Recognized by a National Web Magazine as a Top 50 Online Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program

MSCI K-12 Mathematics Education

MSCI K-12 Mathematics Education students complete core courses online and content courses online or in a face-to-face format. Graduates are prepared to serve school districts as teacher leaders, math coaches, and math coordinators.

Program of Study (34 hours total)

Core Courses (18 hours):

Content Courses (15 hours):

These math content courses are offered through the Center for Advancement in Science and Mathematics Education (CAMSE) at BHSU. To find out more information about these math content courses, please contact Deann Kertzman via email at deann.kertzman@bhsu.edu.