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.
- 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.
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.
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.