Academic Catalog 2017-2018 
    Apr 22, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) at Colorado Christian University provides a graduate degree for pre-K - 12 educators and corporate trainers as well as those who wish to be curriculum specialists and writers, education program supervisors, department chairpersons and college instructors. It is also a program for those who want to apply their skills and knowledge as online course developers or online instructors. Courses in the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction are completed online or in seat and include the options of emphases in Biblical Studies or the Alternative Teacher Licensing Program. The Alternative Teacher Licensing Program is authorized by the Colorado Department of Education.

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 further a student’s cognitive abilities, relational skills, commitment to values, and worldview informed by biblical scholarship, science, experience, 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 24 months by taking courses inseat or in the online.
  • 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 from an individual who is not a family member 
  • Program specific essay
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.

Additional requirements for those seeking licensure under the Alternative Licensing Emphasis

  • Candidates must apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE). The CDE determines the areas in which a candidate is qualified to teach.
  • Candidates must pass the state approved content exam in the area(s) designated and approved by the CDE on their application review, or have 24 semester hours in the content area in which they plan to teach. In the elementary content area, candidates must take and pass the Colorado state approved Elementary Content Exam.
  • After a candidate has received a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) the candidate must secure a full-time teaching position in a public or accredited private school.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to six (6) 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.

Only three (3) of the 15 Alternative Licensing Emphasis credits may be transferred in.

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

Academic Requirements

Students who earn a C- or lower in a graduate education course are required to repeat the course.   EDU 651-Capstone 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. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies, tuition, and fees. If readmission is granted, additional coursework may be required. 

In addition, students wishing to pursue licensure must complete the 15 credits in the Alternative Licensing Emphasis in one (1) year.

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

A total of 36 credit hours are required for The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) Degree. A student may choose to pursue a traditional MACI degree or may choose an emphasis in either Alternative Licensure or Biblical Studies. All students will complete 18 credits from the professional core, the remaining 18 credits will reflect whether or not they pursue an emphasis.

Non-emphasis Core (18 credit hours)

Students not pursuing an Alternative Licensing or Biblical Studies Emphasis will complete 18 credit hours in the Professional Core (above) and the following 18 credit hours:

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.

Alternative Licensing Emphasis (18 credit hours)

Students will take the Professional Core requirements listed above (18 credit hours) and the 15 credit hours listed below for the Alternative Licensing Emphasis. Upon successful completion of the required Alternative Licensing courses the student may receive a recommendation to the Colorado Department of Education for initial teacher licensure. An additional three (3) elective credit hours are required to complete the MACI degree.

Biblical Studies Emphasis (18 credit hours)

Students will take the Professional Core requirements listed above (18 credit hours) and the 18 credit hours listed below for the Biblical Studies Emphasis.

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 through a combination of CCU MACI required coursework and up to six 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 requirements for those students pursuing a teaching license through the Alternative Licensure Emphasis

  1. Completion of a License Completion Form.
  2. Recommendation by the CAGS Division of Curriculum and Instruction Education Dean or Program Director for an Initial Teaching License by the Colorado Department of Education.

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

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.