Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teacher Education (MACI)

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) is a 36 hour alternate certification program for candidates who currently hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than education. The MACI program focuses on providing the pedagogical knowledge and skills needed for secondary instruction to those with sufficient content knowledge. MACI candidates may apply for certification in English, math, science (biology, chemistry, physics) or social studies.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet these requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA overall or on last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Pass Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Assessment
  • Praxis II (Priority for admission given to those who pass by March 1 deadline.)
  • Writing sample that responds to the following prompt:
    1. What do you view as the greatest need in education and what characteristics do you possess that would allow you to address this need?
    2. What would you like to have accomplished after five years in the teaching profession?
  • Pass Transcript Analysis
    • The Transcript Analysis requirements will be based on Specialized Professional Association (SPA) recommendations for required content area preparation. If an applicant does not pass the transcript analysis, the applicant can still be conditionally admitted and a plan for remediation will be developed with the program coordinator.

Application deadlines:

  • March 1

See the Graduate Handbook for information on completing the application process.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) program prepares candidates with sufficient preparation in science (biology, chemistry, and/or physics), mathematics, English, or social studies for teaching positions in the secondary classroom (grades 7-12).

Online/Regional Campus Options

The program of study for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) degree is available on the Oxford campus. Several of the classes are online or hybrid courses.

For More Information

Joseph Sweeney
MACI Program Coordinator
Director, Mississippi Teacher Corps
Mississippi Teacher Corps
School of Education
The University of Mississippi
227 Guyton Hall
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-2616
(662) 915-7249 Fax