Take your career to the next level with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

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. 

MSCI graduate degree programs of study include the following areas of specialization (area of specialization will appear on transcripts):

K-12 Math Specialist | K-12 Science Specialist | K-12 Technology Integrationist

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

Early Childhood | Early Childhood Special Education | K-12 Library Media | K-12 Special Education

MSCI K-12 Math Specialist 

MSCI K-12 Math Specialist students complete core courses online and content courses online or in a face-to-face format. This program meets South Dakota Department of Education requirements for the K-12 Math Specialist designation and can lead to advanced certification. Graduates are prepared to serve school districts as teacher leaders, math coaches, and math coordinators.

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • ED 601 Foundations and Issues in Mathematics Education
  • ED 611 Algebraic Reasoning for K-12 Educators
  • ED 621 Geometry and Measurement for K-12 Educators
  • ED 641 Understanding Student Thinking in Number/Operations
  • ED 651 Understanding Student Thinking in Algebra
  • ED 661 Understanding Student Thinking in Geometry/Measurement
  • ED 671 Assessment in School Mathematics
  • ED 741 Historical Development of Math Concepts
  • ED 751 Leadership in School Mathematics

Teachers must either hold a master’s degree, or National Board certification, or complete an approved program (such as the MSCI K-12 Math Specialist Program), and have at least three years teaching experience in math to be eligible to add the K-12 Math Specialist endorsement to their teaching certificates (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

These math content courses are currently offered at a reduced tuition rate for students working toward a master’s degree or endorsement. They 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 or earning an endorsement with an existing master’s, please contact Deann Kertzman via email at deann.kertzman@bhsu.edu.

APPLY ONLINE

For information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI K-12 Technology Integrationist

MSCI K-12 Technology Integrationist students take all courses online except for a practicum arranged in each student’s home location in the final semester of their programs. Graduates who are certified teachers are prepared to add the South Dakota K-12 Technology Integrationist endorsement as well as the South Dakota K-12 Classroom Teaching endorsement.

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • ED 624 Computer Applications in K-12 Curriculum
  • ED 642 Methods of Instructional Technology
  • ED 712 Educational Assessment
  • ED 727 Technology in Education: Equity and Ethics
  • ED 728 New and Emerging Technology for Schools
  • ED 754 Leadership in Schools
  • ED 695 Practicum (K-12 SD/WY; WY requires 3 credit hours)

Teachers must have at least three years teaching experience, a technology methods course (such as the ED 642 course listed above), and 18 credits that address applicable standards (included in the MSCI K-12 Technology Integrationist Program) to be eligible to add the K-12 Technology Integrationist Endorsement to their teaching certificates (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

APPLY ONLINE

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI K-12 Science Specialist:

MSCI K-12 Science Specialist students complete core courses online and content courses online or in a face-to-face format. The program meets South Dakota requirements for the K-12 Science Specialist endorsement. Graduates are prepared to serve school districts as teacher leaders, science coaches, and science coordinators.

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • ED 609 Contemporary Issues in Science Education
  • ED 619 Earth and Space Science for K-12 Teachers
  • ED 629 Life Science Concepts for Teachers
  • ED 639 Physical Science for K-12 Teachers
  • ED 659 Translating Theory into Practice: Life Science
  • ED 669 Translating Theory into Practice: Physical and Earth Science
  • ED 679 Assessment of Science Teaching and Learning
  • ED 749 The History, Nature, and Context of Science
  • ED 759 Leadership in Science

Teachers must either hold a master’s degree, or National Board certification, or complete an approved program (such as the MSCI K-12 Science Specialist Program), and have at least three years teaching experience in science to be eligible to add the K-12 Science Specialist endorsement to their teaching certificates (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

These science content courses are currently offered at a reduced tuition rate for students working toward a master’s degree or endorsement. They are offered through the Center for Advancement in Science and Mathematics Education (CAMSE) at BHSU. To find out more information about these science content courses or earning an endorsement with an existing master’s, please contact Dr. Janet Briggs via email at janet.briggs@bhsu.edu.

APPLY ONLINE

For information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI Early Childhood: Birth - Preschool Age 8

MSCI K-12 Technology Integrationist students take all courses online except for a practicum arranged in each student’s home location in the final semester of their programs. Graduates who are certified teachers are prepared to add the South Dakota K-12 Technology Integrationist endorsement as well as the South Dakota K-12 Classroom Teaching endorsement.

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • ECE 511 Social Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE 513 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 517 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 795 Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • ED 728 New &Emergent Technology in Schools
  • SPED 560 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

In addition to the coursework above, students must also receive a passing score on the applicable PRAXIS exam(s) to be eligible for the Early Childhood: Birth – Preschool Age 5 Endorsement (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

APPLY ONLINE

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI Early Childhood Special Education: Birth - Preschool Age 8

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • ECE 511 Social Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE 513 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 517 Methods of Early Childhood
  • ECE 795 Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • SPED 510 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 531 Identification and Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 560 Family Systems and Professional Collaboration

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

In addition to the coursework above, students must also receive a passing score on the applicable PRAXIS exam(s) to be eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education: Birth – Preschool Age 5 Endorsement (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

APPLY ONLINE

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI K-12 Library Media

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • Graduate-Level Elective
  • LIBM/ED 531 Library Media and Technology
  • LIBM 504 Reference Resources
  • LIBM 508 Collection Development
  • LIBM 509 Library Methods
  • LIBM 521 Management of the Library Media Center
  • LIBM 543 Information: Organization, Retrieval, and Discovery
  • LIBM 595 Library Practicum

To receive the Endorsement for K-12 Library Media, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development, LIBM 222 Library Media and Society, and LIBM 305 Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if this requirement has been met.

Please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for details about endorsement requirements.

APPLY ONLINE

For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI K-12 Special Education

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • ED 630 Educational Collaboration and Research Methods
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 744 Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • ED 748 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools
  • ED 750 Action Research in Schools: Technology
  • ED 790 Seminar (Capstone)

Content Courses:

  • SPED 510 Behavior Management or Exceptional Children
  • SPED 513 Serving Students with Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 517 Vocational-Transitional Programming
  • SPED 520 Curriculum and Instruction Strategies K-12
  • SPED 531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 560 Family Systems and Professional Collaboration
  • SPED 695 K-8 SPED Practicum
  • SPED 695 7-12 SPED Practicum

To receive the Endorsement for K-12 Special Education, students must have completed SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities or an introduction course to special education.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

In addition to the coursework above, students must also receive a passing score on the applicable PRAXIS exam(s) to be eligible for the K-12 Special Education Endorsement (please see the South Dakota Department of Education website for complete information).

Candidates seeking certification outside South Dakota need at least 1 additional elective course at the 500-level or above (SPED 506 Assistive Technology in Education or SPED 553 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders).

APPLY ONLINE
For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).


Courses in each of the programs listed above align with South Dakota Department of Education (SD DOE) standards for endorsing teaching certificates (please see the SD DOE website for endorsement requirements). Endorsement-only course options are available for each MSCI program listed above. To be eligible for admission to any of the programs listed above you must apply on-line, provide official BS/BA education degree transcripts (sent directly from an accredited college/university with evidence of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale), and pay a $35 non-refundable application fee. For more information about any of the above programs, please contact Dr. Brian Eberhard via email (Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu) or phone (605-642-6859).

MSCI Contact

 

Dr. Brian Eberhard
Graduate Program Coordinator 
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Office: Jonas Skywalk 232
Phone: 605. 642.6859
E-mail: Brian.Eberhard@BHSU.edu