M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction FAQsWho earns a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree?Professionals in teaching, training, administration, and curriculum design would seek a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. Students earn this degree for the purposes of refining curriculum development skills, professional advancement, and to develop stronger approaches to curriculum delivery. Individuals 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 semester hour program consisting of 12 courses, including a capstone project. 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 6 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.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.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 the Higher Learning Commission, but does not lead to licensure with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). However, students in the CCU College of Adult and Graduate Studies 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. 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. A bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. There are no specific prerequisites for the program.Will I have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?The GRE will be required for an undergraduate 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.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 enrollment.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. Classes meet for 5 weeks either online or in-seat one evening per week.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. Each certificate program consists of three, 3 credit courses for a total of 9 credits. 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.