Program Requirements — Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree is geared toward excellence in teaching and designed for experienced classroom teachers. The MACI provides a program of selected graduate studies to improve and enhance the delivery system of classroom learning experiences for the practitioner. The MACI can also be developed to support the achievement of National Board for Professional Standards certification.

Students may enroll for part-time study. This program is delivered in an 8-week format and during the summer.

Program Requirements

Thirty-six (36) semester hours are required for the MACI. Twenty-seven (27) of these semester hours must be taken as core-residency courses taught by Aurora University faculty on campus or at designated off-campus sites. The remaining courses in the degree may be satisfied through transfer coursework, on-campus graduate education coursework, or Aurora University coursework offered in conjunction with Aurora University's network of collaborating academic partners.

The School of Education Graduate Faculty Committee may accept a maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher learning for application toward elective-degree requirements.

Transfer credit must be accepted prior to enrollment in the first MACI course. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of any and all transfer credit. All courses must be less than five years old at the time of admission and must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. An official transcript must be provided. It is university policy that no more than six (6) semester hours taken as a "student-at-large" may be applied toward a graduate-degree program.

Degree Requirements for Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

  • 27 semester hours in core courses
  • 9 semester hours in courses selected in conjunction with graduate program advisor

General Core Courses: 27 semester hours required for all programs

EDU6020 Assessment in Schools  (3)
EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning (3)
EDU6040 The Learning Environment (3)
EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future (3)
EDU6060 Scholarship Applied to Teaching (3)
EDU6070 Introduction to Action Research (3)
EDU6090 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Instruction
EDU6200 Curriculum for Diversity
EDU6630 Curriculum Development & Evaluation

Education Electives:  9 semester hours from the list below

EDU5370 Adolescent Development and Learning (3)
EDU5440 Middle School: Mission and Methods (3)
EDU5610 Survey of the Exceptional Individual (3)
EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3)
EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3)
EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)
EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
EDU6320 Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
EDU6330 Literacy in the Content Area (3)
EDU6610 Educational Leadership (3)
EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)
EDU6640 School and Community Relations (3)
OEDS5005 Talented Students in Regular Classroom (3)
OEDS6831 Advanced Applications of Educational Technology (Tech II) (3)
OEDS5030 Technology and Engaged Learning (Tech III) (3)
OEDS6572 Cooperative Discipline (3)
OEDS6360 Differentiation of Instruction (3)
OEDS6441 The Collaborative Classroom (3)

Many additional electives are available through the university's network of collaborating academic partners. Complete listings are available in the MACI office.