Academic Catalog 2008-2009 
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Academic Catalog 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI)

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The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) provides an appropriate graduate degree for preschool, elementary, middle level, and secondary teachers, as well as college instructors who have at least a bachelor’s degree in a content field. 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 course work and the practicum in the classroom format in as little as three semesters (one year), 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 potential 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 see an enhancement in their ability to understand and integrate complex data from educational theory and practice, enhanced skills in research, and augmented critical thinking abilities. MACI graduates demonstrate enhanced interpersonal, relational, communication skills, and enhanced leadership abilities based upon the philosophy of servant leadership.

MACI graduates demonstrate an enhanced understanding of their personal worldview and their philosophy of education, the integration of both, and how both relate to their careers in teaching and curriculum development. 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 because it

  • Is tailored to the working professional and course work can be completed in as little as one year by taking courses on weekends for three semesters, or in the online program over four semesters.
  • Uses cutting edge research and innovative instructional design.
  • Uses a combination of proven approaches to accelerated adult learning by providing interactive and experiential learning.
  • 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. All MACI admissions decisions are made by and only by the Colorado Christian University Graduate Acceptance Committee. All Graduate Acceptance Committee decisions are final.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed Application Form
  • An official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Personal interview
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • One professional recommendation
  • Program specific essays
  • Candidate must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived in certain situations. The GRE will be required for a GPA lower than 3.25.
  • Candidates must submit GRE scores for admission to the MACI program. The GRE score requirement may be waived in certain situations. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application.

Application Deadlines

We encourage students to submit the application for admission as soon as possible as only completed application files will be presented to the Graduate Acceptance Committee.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to three 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.

Course work applied to the MACI program must have been earned with a grade of “A” or “B”. This applies to credit transferred from other institutions and other CCU programs, including but not limited to Licensing Programs for Educators and the Alternative Licensing Program.

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. Re-admission is not guaranteed. If readmission is granted, additional course work may be required. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies and prices. The MACI degree plan allows for parttime enrollment.

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

The MACI program requires a minimum of 31 hours of professional courses and 3 hours of electives.


Students may also receive a MACI degree with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. To earn a degree with this emphasis, students must complete a practicum utilizing technology in the curriculum design and two courses: Integrating Technology into Education and an elective in technology.


Three graduate level certificates are available through the MACI program. The certificates are in Online Teaching and Learning, Online Course Developer, or Corporate Education. Each certificate consists of 6 classes (18 credit hours).

Students may also receive a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning, Online Course Developer, or Corporate Education. To earn a MACI degree with one of the certificates, students must complete the 16 credit hour basic MACI core program along with the 6 graduate classes which are specific to each certificate.

Students are not permitted to take Certificate courses simultaneously with MACI degree core classes. Both certificate and MACI courses are accelerated and intended to be taken one at time with no overlap between the two programs.

Licensure and Specialization

The MACI degree can be combined with other CCU educator programs in preparation for a teaching license. CCU offers licensing and endorsement programs under the authority of the Colorado Department of Education. For example, in the Licensing Programs for Educators: Elementary and Early Childhood  (LPE), students can earn licensure to teach in early childhood education (PreK - 3rd grade) or in elementary education (K- 6). In the Alternative Licensing Program  (ALT) students can earn a license while teaching K - 12 (in certain circumstances).

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

  1. Completion of 31 credit hours from the MACI Professional Core Courses and three credit hours of electives, either at CCU or through a combination of CCU and acceptable transfer courses from accredited institutions.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Successful completion of the MACI Practicum and Leadership Portfolio.
  4. Candidate Standing.
  5. Recommendation of the MACI faculty.
  6. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  7. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Additional Information

For additional information about the MACI program and graduate courses in education, consult the MACI handbook, contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, or visit the MACI website at

Graduate Courses for Teachers and Other Professionals

The University offers graduate-level continuing education courses, acceptable for licensure renewal for teachers in elementary, middle school, secondary schools, and other professionals. Courses are scheduled to meet evenings and weekends. Enrollment is open to anyone holding an undergraduate degree from any accredited college or university. Students enrolled in these courses are granted Graduate Non-Degree status.

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