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Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)


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 twenty 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, training, administration, and curriculum development. 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. Students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program.
  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 Degree Paths - Students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program


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 to apply toward a MACI degree:

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

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 path (39 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 by completing six additional MACI courses. 

MACI Degree Path - Students who have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program


Students who have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program may earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by completing the Professional Core Requirements (27 credits) and select 9 elective credits. All students complete a final, semester long capstone course after all other MACI coursework has been completed, for a total of 36 credits in the MACI degree.

MACI Electives Core (9 credit hours)


MACI students may choose from a wide range of elective courses. Elective coursework encourages multiple opportunities for practical application, especially in the final capstone course project. Elective courses are only scheduled for online delivery.

Select any 3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours.

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 (39 credit hours 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 within four years of MACI program admission and enrollment.
  4. Completion of   with a grade of B- or better.
  5. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  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.