Academic Catalog 2009-2010 
    
    Nov 28, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2009-2010 [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, those who desire to be curriculum specialists and writers, supervisors, department chairpersons and college instructors.  It is also appropriate for those who want to apply their skills and knowledge in the corporate world as online course developers, corporate trainers/educators, and toward online teaching and learning in both corporate and educational environments. 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 and  leadership skills and apply them through 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 for the following reaons:

  • 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.
  • It uses cutting edge research and innovative instructional design.
  • It uses a combination of proven approaches to accelerated adult learning by providing interactive and experiential learning in the classroom and online.
  • It 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 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived in certain situations based on 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 be waived in certain situations.

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to nine 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 “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 course work 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 Instruction Degree


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

Emphases


Students may also receive a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Instructional Technology, Corporate Education, Online Course Developer, and Special Education. 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Instructional Technology (34 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 must complete a total of 9 semester hours in technology, which includes EDU 580 (3 hours) plus two electives in technology (6 hours). 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Corporate Education (34 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.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Online Course Developer (34 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.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Online Teaching and Learning (34 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.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Special Education (39 credit hours)


Students who have completed the CAGS Alternative Licensing Program in Special Education can earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Degree with an Emphasis in Special Education by completing four additional MACI courses. 

Certificates


Non-degree seeking students may earn a MACI graduate level certificate without enrolling in the MACI program.  Post-baccalaureate students who earn a MACI certificate are encouraged to enroll and complete the full MACI degree.  All of the MACI certificates satisfy the requirements for specific emphases available in the MACI degree.  However, only one of the certificates may be applied as an emphases to the full MACI degree.  Each MACI graduate certificate requires successful completion of the 4 courses (12 credit hours) specified for each certificate.

Students may choose from the following MACI Certificates: Online Teaching and Learning, Online Course Developer, and Corporate Education.

Required Core for a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning (12 credit hours)


The Online Teaching and Learning Certificate provides training to become an effective online educator who possess 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.

Required Core for a Certificate in Online Course Developer (12 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.

Required Core for a Certificate in Corporate Education (12 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. 

Licensure


CCU offers bachelor and post-baccalaureate licensing programs under the authority of the Colorado Department of Education. Students who have successfully completed a CAGS education licensing program have advanced standing that may be applied to a CAGS MACI degree as stated below.

Students in Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education  Licensing Programs for Educators: Elementary  and Alternative Licensing Program  (ALP), take 15 semester hours of MACI courses to fulfill requirements within their respective programs. Students in the Bachelor of Arts: Early Childhood Education  and Licensing Programs for Educators: Early Childhood  take three semester hours of MACI courses to fulfill the requirements within that program. Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate students must formally apply and be admitted to the MACI program for the courses to be applied to the MACI degree.

Students in Alternative Licensing Program: Special Education Generalist  complete four MACI courses which may be applied to the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education.  Formal application and admission to MACI with the emphasis in Special Education is required.  

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


  1. Completion of 34 credit hours through a combination of CCU MACI required course work and up to nine hours of acceptable transfer credit 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. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree and any selected emphases within four years of MACI program admission and enrollment.
  4. Successful completion of the MACI Practicum.
  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


The University 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.  Graduate curriculum and instruction education courses are open to all post-baccalaureate students and CAGS students enrolled in education licensing programs as advanced standing.

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