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.
- 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.
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.
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.