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 M.A.C.I. provides a program of selected graduate studies to improve and enhance the delivery system of classroom learning experiences for the practitioner. The M.A.C.I. can also be developed to support the achievement of National Board for Professional Standards certification.

Students may enroll for part-time study. The program combines classroom study with on-the-job assignments that enable students to test theory against practical reality. This program is delivered in an 8-week format and during the summer.

In addition to the general University "Graduate Admission Requirements and Procedures," the following are required for entrance into the M.AC.I. program:

  1. Current teaching certificate.
  2. Two years of teaching experience prior to completion of graduate studies.
  3. Letters of recommendation*, including one from the student's immediate supervisor for the M.A.C.I. program.
            * 1 letter cohort student and 3 letters on campus student.

Attendance Policy: All Graduate Education Programs

Attendance is mandatory at all class sessions. If a student is to be absent for any reason he/she must discuss the expected absence with the course instructor before it occurs.

Academic Standards and Evaluation in Graduate Education Programs

Upon completion of each course, letter grades are assigned to each student. At the graduate level, a "C" grade indicates less-than-complete mastery of the content and methods of the course. Only two grades of "C" are accepted at the graduate level in the M.A.C.I. program, and they must be balanced by two course grades of "A." If a "C" is received within the first three courses, the student may be removed from the program by action of the program faculty.

Program Requirements

Thirty-six (36) semester hours are required for the M.A.C.I.. 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 College 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 M.A.C.I. course. Graduate faculty reserve the right to decide on the applicability of any and all transfer credit.

Students requesting transfer credits must submit a "Request for Transfer Credit" form with their admission application. 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)
EDU5810 Conflict Mediation (3)
EDU6110 Foundations for Language Minority Education (3)
EDU6120 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (3)
EDU6130 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching ELLs (3)
EDU6140 Assessment of Bilingual Students (3)
EDU6150 Linguistics for Teaching English Language Learners (3)
EDU6170 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Bilingual Programs (3)
EDU6320 Effective Comprehensive Instruction (3)
EDU6330 Literacy in the Content Area (3)
EDU6610 Educational Leadership (3)
EDU6620 School Supervision (3)
EDU6630 Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)
EDU6640 School and Community Relations (3)
EDU6650 School Law (3)
EDU6660 School Finance (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 M.A.C.I. office.

M.A.C.I./Secondary Certification Program

Upon completion of the Aurora University's Secondary Certification Program, certified teachers may continue coursework to complete a full Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction.

The following courses may apply from the Secondary Certification Program:

EDU5206 The Secondary School: Foundations and Assessment
Replaces M.A.C.I. core course requirement: EDU6020
EDU5106 The Secondary School: The Learning Environment
Replaces M.A.C.I. core course requirement: EDU6040
EDU5106 The Secondary School: Theories of Learning
 Fulfills one elective course requirement
EDU5106 Reading and Writing across the Content Areas
Fulfills one elective course requirement

Assuming application of the above courses, the following courses must be successfully completed to fulfill remaining degree requirements:

Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Instructions (3)
EDU6030 The Individual, Cognition and Learning (3)
EDU6050 Technology in the School of the Future (3)
EDU6060 Scholarship Applied to Teaching (3)
EDU6070 Introduction to Action Research (3)

Three (3) courses of approved electives (a minimum total of 9 semester hours)

The following courses may also be applied toward the elective requirements for the M.A.C.I. if taken as part of the certification program:

EDU5440 Middle School:  Missions and Methods
EDU5370 Adolescent Development and Learning

Candidates for the M.A.C.I. degree must hold a valid Illinois teaching certificate and be currently employed as a teacher in a K-12 setting in order to enroll.  In order to carry over credits from the Secondary Certification Program to the M.A.C.I., the courses being considered must have been taken within five (5) years and completed with a grade of "A" or "B."