Black Hills State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Technology Integrationist
Master of Education in Reading
Master of Science in Secondary Education (new fall 2013)
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

New MS in Sec Ed leads to teacher certification. MEd in Reading and MSCI prepare already certified teachers for positions beyond the classroom; national standards competencies assessed in all programs; student teaching or practicum required, depending on program; we have a two-step admission process that includes one step to get into graduate studies and another step to be admitted to candidacy for the degree; Teacher Work Sample or capstone portfolio required, depending on program.

School type Public
Grad programs NCATE accredited Yes
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist N/A
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. N/A
Online master's in education degree programs 3
Concentrations offered
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track N/A
Research/Policy track N/A

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 29


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 14 full-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 14
Average experience teaching online courses 9 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 12 full-time; 3 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 17
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students Forbidden
Students enroll as online students Yes, but can apply to switch course enrollment to campus-based
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 6 years

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