Curriculum and Instruction Education is comprised of three primary areas – programs that lead educators toward state licensing, programs that lead toward education theory (no state licensure) and The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program.
Adult students who are at least 23 years of age may qualify for admission to the Licensing Program for Educators for either elementary or early childhood. The program has options for those who have an accredited bachelor’s degree as well as for those seeking an undergraduate degree. The Licensing Program for Educators, scheduled in evening and weekend format, can be completed in approximately 16 months of study, including a minimum of 16 weeks of student teaching for those that enter the program with their bachelor’s degree. Students in the licensing programs are able to retain their present job or homemaking responsibilities and still complete coursework requirements. The student teaching component requires a full-time day commitment for the time of the assignment. The Alternative Teacher Program is designed in conjunction with public and private schools in Colorado for adult students who are already employed as full time school employees. Through the program students receive training and supervision by a mentor teacher and a support team. The training includes the equivalent of 225 clock hours of planned instruction and activities, including training in dropout prevention, to assist the alternative teacher earn a provisional teaching license. Students who wish to pursue Alternative Licensing must have a completed a Bachelor’s Degree.
Students who desire to pursue education theory may seek a Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts degree in either Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education. Students pursuing an Elementary Education theory degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure. No student teaching is required though students are required to complete two Field Experience courses. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts in Elementary Education Theory degree, students may earn a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI). Five graduate level courses included in the BA professional core can be applied to the MACI degree. Students pursing an Early Childhood Education theory degree are not eligible for Colorado State teaching licensure; however, this degree may meet educational requirements for teaching in private preschools, Head Start, or other agencies. Students are required to complete two Field Experience courses.
The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) provides an appropriate graduate degree for preschool, elementary, middle level, and secondary teachers. It is also appropriate for corporate trainers who desire to be curriculum specialists and writers, supervisors, or departmental chairpersons; and for all those who want to enhance their educational skills and knowledge. Courses may be completed in a classroom setting or online. Although it is possible to complete coursework and the practicum in the online format in as little as three semesters (one year), students have four years from the time of admission to complete the program.