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  Dec 15, 2017
 
Academic Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)


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The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) at Colorado Christian University provides an appropriate graduate degree for K-12 educators, as well as those who wish to be curriculum specialists and writers, education program supervisors, department chairpersons and college instructors. It is also an appropriate program for those who want to apply their skills and knowledge as online course developers, online instructors, or trainers. Courses may be completed in a classroom setting or online. Although many students complete their coursework and the capstone course within eighteen months, students have four years from the time of admission in order to complete the program.

Objectives of the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program

The MACI program provides students with the tools to enhance their professional careers in teaching, corporate training, administration, and curriculum development. Students select from several emphases, including online education. MACI is further designed to enhance a student’s cognitive abilities, relational skills, ethical sensitivity, commitment to values, and worldview informed by science, experience, biblical scholarship, and history. As a result of their studies at Colorado Christian University, MACI graduates experience enhanced abilities to understand and integrate complex data from educational theory and practice, applied skills in research, as well as augmented critical thinking abilities. MACI graduates demonstrate interpersonal, relational, communication and leadership skills as applied through the philosophy of servant leadership. Using a unique model of education, the program integrates the best of scholarship with the richness of the Christian heritage.

The MACI program is distinctive for the following reasons:

  • Tailored to the working professional, coursework can be completed in eighteen months by taking courses evenings, on weekends, or in the online program.
  • Applies relevant research and innovative instructional design.
  • Proven approaches to accelerated adult learning by providing interactive and experiential learning in the classroom and online.
  • Addresses individual learner needs in the development and implementation of curriculum.

Admission to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program

Admission to the MACI program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of character. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Application Form
  • An official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Personal interview
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • One professional recommendation
  • Program specific essays
  • Candidates must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived based on exceptional, related professional experience.
  • The GRE will be required for a GPA lower than 3.25. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application. The GRE score requirement may also be waived based on professional experience.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU MACI degree requirements.

Coursework applied to the MACI program must have been earned with a grade of “C” or better.

Academic Requirements

Students that earn a C- or lower in a graduate education course are required to repeat the course.  

  must be completed with a B- or higher.

Time Limitation

All work applied toward the MACI degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, a MACI student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who step out of the program for more than 365 days, or go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their MACI degree will be required to apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, additional coursework may be required. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies, tuition, and fees.

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instructions Degree


The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree is comprised of two primary paths: 1) for students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program, and 2) students who have an accredited bachelor’s degree but have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program.

Most MACI degree programs require a total of 36 hours of professional courses.

MACI Program Options


Students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program may apply the graduate credits they completed as part of their program to continue their education and complete a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in one of the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education path
  • Elementary Education path
  • Special Education Generalist path
  • Alternative Licensing Education path
  • Alternative Licensing Special Education path

Students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program may also select to complete a MACI degree in an emphasis that differs from their original program path, but will need to complete the additional course requirements for one of the added emphases in: 

  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Course Developer
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Corporate Education
  • Special Education

Students who have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program may select a MACI degree with an emphasis in one of the following areas:

  • Master Educator
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Course Developer
  • Online Teaching and Learning
  • Corporate Education
  • Special Education

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Post-CCU Education Programs


The following degree paths are for students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program and choose to earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by transferring in graduate coursework that has been completed in their undergraduate degree program.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education path (36 credit hours)


Students who have completed the CCU (CAGS) Early Childhood Education program can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by completing ten additional MACI courses.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education path (36 credit hours)


Students who have completed the CCU (CAGS) Elementary Education program can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by completing nine additional MACI courses.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Special Education Generalist path (36 credit hours)


Students who have completed one of the CCU (CAGS) Undergraduate Special Education Generalist program can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by completing nine additional MACI courses.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Alternative Licensing Education path (36 credit hours)


Students who have completed the CCU (CAGS) Alternative Licensing Program in Education can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by completing seven additional MACI courses.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction - Alternative Licensing: Special Education Generalist Emphasis path (42 credit hours)


Students who have completed the CCU (CAGS) Alternative Licensing Program in Special Education can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Special Education by completing seven additional MACI courses. 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphases


The following MACI degree emphases are for students who have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program. Upon admission, students are limited to declaring one emphasis for their degree program.  

Students in the MACI degree with an emphasis in Master Educator, Instructional Technology, Online Course Developer, Online Teaching and Learning, or Corporate Education complete seven core courses plus the required capstone course and an emphasis sequence of four courses for a total of 36 credits. These emphases courses are offered in an online format only.

Students in the MACI degree with a Special Education emphasis complete seven special education courses, seven MACI core classes, including the required capstone, for a total of 42 credits. 

Professional Core (24 credit hours) for Master Educator, Instructional Technology, Online Course Developer, Online Teaching and Learning, or Corporate Education Emphases (12 credit hours)


Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Master Educator (36 credit hours)


The emphasis of Master Educator provides the knowledge and skills needed to become a leading educator and mentor who can make a significant impact on individual learners and foster teaching success. Throughout the emphasis students apply educational research and theory, are trained in educational technology and visual literacy to enhance the learning experience, and have multiple opportunities for practical application in educational situations, especially in the final capstone course project.

To earn a degree with this emphasis, students completing their core courses must also complete a total of 12 semester hours of online coursework in the following : 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Instructional Technology (36 credit hours)


The emphasis in Instructional Technology provides students with advanced education technology knowledge and application skills.

To earn a degree with this emphasis, students completing their core courses must also complete a total of 12 semester hours of online coursework in the following :

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Online Course Developer (36 credit hours)


The Online Course Developer emphasis provides students with the knowledge, skills and theoretical basis to effectively design, develop, and evaluate online courses in educational or corporate settings. Students are exposed to the latest educational technology and research, learn various techniques to move the initial course design from a text-driven format to a dynamic, integrated online class, and study the psychology of Web-based learning to gain a better understanding of how to design a course to meet individual learners’ needs.

To earn a degree with this emphasis, students completing their core courses must also complete a total of 12 semester hours of online coursework in the following : 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Online Teaching and Learning (36 credit hours)


The Online Teaching and Learning emphasis provides students the education to become an effective online teacher. The student will learn teaching strategies that will enable them to significantly impact learners. Throughout the program students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, the unique dynamics of online content delivery, and learn how to integrate appropriate technologies into curriculum.

To earn a degree with this emphasis, students completing their core courses must also complete a total of 12 semester hours of online coursework in the following :

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Corporate Education (36 credit hours)


The emphasis in Corporate Education provides the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective corporate education and training leader who can make a significant impact on individual learners and on an organization’s success. Throughout the program students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, trained in educational technology and visual literacy to enhance the learning experience, and have multiple opportunities for practical application in educational situations.

To earn a degree with this emphasis, students completing their core courses must also complete a total of 12 semester hours of online coursework in the following : 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Special Education (42 credit hours)


The Special Education emphasis provides licensed teachers an opportunity to earn a master’s degree and meet the Colorado requirements for adding a Special Education Generalist Endorsement to their teaching license. Teachers completing 24 semester hours in Special Education courses may apply for an added endorsement as a Special Education Generalist. Teachers who have been hired as a Special Education Instructor may apply to CCU as a Special Education Generalist candidate. Once a teacher has been accepted into the program, they are eligible to apply for a Special Education Eligibility (SEE) or Temporary Teaching Eligibility (TTE). Teacher candidates who do not hold a teaching license and have been hired as a Special Education Instructor should apply to the CCU-CAGS Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist 

Prerequisite Professional Core Requirements (6 credit hours)


All applicants are required to have a background in the areas listed below. This background may be obtained through undergraduate or graduate coursework as demonstrated by the student’s transcript or taken at CCU.

Introduction to Special Education -  An introduction to the profession of special education focusing on the foundations of special education and current trends/issues. A candidate may start CCU’s MACI SPED emphasis before completing this requirement, but must complete it prior to registering for the second semester.

Reading Literacy - An introduction to scientifically-based methods of teaching reading to all students. A candidate may start CCU’s MACI SPED emphasis before completing this requirement, but must complete it prior to program completion and recommendation for licensure.

 

Certificates


Non-degree seeking students may earn a MACI graduate level certificate without enrolling in the MACI program; however, post-baccalaureate students earning a MACI certificate are encouraged to enroll and complete the full MACI degree.  Each MACI graduate certificate requires successful completion of the three courses (9 credit hours) specified for certificate completion. All of the MACI certificates satisfy three of the four requirements for the corresponding emphasis in the MACI degree.

Students may choose from the following MACI Certificates:

  • Corporate Education
  • Instructional Technology
  • Online Course Developer
  • Online Teaching and Learning

Corporate Education Certificate (9 credit hours)


The Corporate Education Certificate provides the knowledge and skills needed to become an effective corporate educator who can make a significant impact on individual learners and on an organization’s success. Throughout the program students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, trained in educational technology and visual literacy to enhance the learning experience, and have multiple opportunities for practical application in educational situations. Please note:  

  and   can be transfered into CCU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA)  with an Emphasis in Corporate Training degree. 

Instructional Technology Certificate (9 credit hours)


The Instructional Technology Certificate provides exposure to instructional approaches and technology tools for developing effective strategies to deliver training to learners. Students learn how to integrate various technologies into their curriculum.

Online Course Developer Certificate (9 credit hours)


The Online Course Developer Certificate provides students with skills to effectively design, develop, and evaluate online courses in educational or corporate settings. Students are exposed to the latest educational technology and research, learn various techniques to move the initial course design from a text-driven format to a dynamic, integrated online class, and study the psychology of Web-based learning to gain a better understanding of how to design a course to meet individual learners’ needs.

Online Teaching and Learning Certificate (9 credit hours)


The Online Teaching and Learning Certificate provides training to become an effective online educator who possesses instructional tools for developing teaching strategies that will significantly impact learners. Throughout the program, students are exposed to the latest educational research and theory, are trained in the complicated dynamics of online content delivery, and learn how to integrate various technologies into their curriculum.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Degree


The faculty recommends students in the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 36 credit hours (42 credit hours for Special Education Emphasis and for Alternative Licensing Special Education Generalist path) through a combination of CCU MACI required coursework and up to nine hours of acceptable transfer credit from accredited institutions.
  2. A letter grade of C or better in each graduate education course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU coursework.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree and any selected emphasis within four years of MACI program admission and enrollment.
  4. Completion of   with a grade of B- or better.
  5. Completion of the Graduation Application.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the university.

Additional Information


For additional information about the MACI program and graduate courses in education, contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, or visit the MACI website at www.ccu.edu/maci.

Graduate Courses for Teachers and Other Professionals


Through the MACI certificate courses and other continuing education courses, CCU (CAGS) offers graduate-level continuing education offerings, acceptable for licensure renewal for teachers in elementary, middle school, secondary schools, and other education and training professionals. Courses are typically scheduled online to meet the needs of working professionals. 
 

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