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Academic Catalog 2011-2012 [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 appropriate for those who want to apply their skills and knowledge as online course developers, online instructors and trainers. Most 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 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. 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, and 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 on weekends and 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

In the MACI program an earned grade of “D” is not an acceptable passing grade. Courses in which a “D” is earned cannot be applied to the degree and must be re-taken.

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 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 and prices.

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.

All 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 Emphasis 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

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

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


The following degree options are for students who have completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program, and can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction by transferring in graduate coursework that has been fulfilled with 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 nine 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 seven additional MACI courses.

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


Students who have completed the CCU (CAGS) Special Education Generalist program 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 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 - Special Education Emphasis path (36 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 four additional MACI courses.

RDG 447-Diverse Reader must be taken if not completed in a student’s undergraduate program.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with Emphasis


Professional Core (24 credit hours) with Emphasis (12 credit hours)


The following degree options are for students who have not completed a CCU (CAGS) teacher education program. All of the following degree options require six core courses and a final online capstone course, as well as a student-selected online sequence of four courses to complete an emphasis.

The MACI degree is comprised of the six core courses plus the required capstone, and the chosen degree emphasis: Master Educator Emphasis, Instructional Technology Emphasis, Online Course Developer Emphasis, Online Teaching and Learning Emphasis, and Corporate Education Emphasis. The emphasis courses and Capstone course follow the seven course core sequence and are offered in online format only.

Professional Core (24 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 : 

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 3 courses (9 credit hours) specified for certificate completion. All of the MACI certificates satisfy three of the four requirements for their specific emphases in the MACI degree.

Students may choose from the following MACI Certificates:

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

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.

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: the student who has completed the Corporate Education Certificate can transfer EDU 536 and EDU 538 into CCU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA)  with an Emphasis in Corporate Training degree. 

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


  1. Completion of 36 credit hours 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 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. Successful completion of the MACI Capstone.
  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 (listed above), CCU (CAGS) offers graduate-level continuing education courses, acceptable for licensure renewal for teachers in elementary, middle school, secondary schools, and other education and training professionals. Courses are typically scheduled evenings and weekends to meet the needs of working professionals. 
 

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