• MACI FAQs

    Who earns a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree?
    Professionals in teaching, training, administration, and curriculum design. Students earn this degree for the purposes of professional advancement and to develop stronger educational and leadership skills. Teachers with a master's degree are also able to pursue teaching positions as adjunct instructors at many colleges.
    How many credits are required for the degree?
    The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction is a 36 - 39 semester hour program. It consists of 12 classes, one of which is the capstone project in a practicum format. See the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Options page for additional information.
    How many of the credits can be transferred from another program?
    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.
    Are there any emphases available in the M.A. In Curriculum and Instruction program?
    Yes, the following emphases are offered: Master Educator, Instructional Technology, Corporate Education, Online Teaching and Learning, Online Course Development, and Special Education. See the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Options page for more information.
    What is a capstone?
    In contrast to a traditional master's thesis where students present the results of original research, the capstone is a combination of theory and practice. This includes an original instructional design of a curriculum for a specific target audience. The capstone is a three-credit semester-long course.
    Will I earn a teaching license with the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction degree?
    No. The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction degree is accredited by North Central Association but it does not lead directly to licensure with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). However, students in the undergraduate licensing program for educators and alternative licensing programs take graduate credits that may be transferred into the MACI program.
    Is the program accredited?
    All of Colorado Christian University's programs are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program is also endorsed by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Visit our Accreditations page for details.
    What is required to apply? Are there prerequisites?
    Read about specific admission requirements for the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program. An applicant must a regionally accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree. The candidate must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived in certain situations. There are no specific prerequisites for the program.
    Will I have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
    The GRE will be required for a GPA lower than 3.0. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application. If six or more previous graduate level credits can be documented with a GPA of 3.0 or greater the GRE may be waived. The grade point average minimum may also be waived based on exceptional, related professional experience.
    How much does the program cost?
    View current tuition and fees for the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program.
    Is financial aid available?
    See our Financial Aid site for detailed information about financial aid and payment options for graduate students. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are also encouraged to check with your employer about additional tuition benefits that may be available through your company.
    When may I start the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program?
    A student can typically start classes as soon as the application process is complete and acceptance has been granted into the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program. Online coursework for the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction program is offered continuously throughout the year depending on demand.
    Where and when are the classes offered?
    M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction classes are offered online and at CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies centers in Colorado; however, you should ask your enrollment counselor for the current course schedule. Classes meet for 5 weeks either online or in-seat one evening per week.
    Can I take more than one class at a time?
    M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction students are strongly discouraged from taking more than one class at a time because the program's accelerated format makes it difficult to meet expected academic standards under such circumstances.
    What are graduate certificates? Who would want to earn one of these certificates?
    A graduate certificate is advanced study in an area of specialty leading to helping individuals and employees enhance their skills to the extent that the training results in positive growth for the individual or organization. CCU offers graduate-level certificates in conjunction with the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction degree. Each certificate program consists of three 3 credit courses for a total of 9 credits toward your master's degree. See the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction Program Options page for more information.
    How do I apply for a certificate program?
    Students applying for a graduate certificate may go through the same application process as a graduate degree-seeking student. Students may also apply for a graduate certificate as a non-degree seeking student.
    Can I combine a certificate with a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree?
    A student can earn the required 9 credits for the certificate and continue on to earn an additional 27 credits for a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction degree.
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