Online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Earn a Master's in Teaching with a Special Education Credential Online

Our online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT) degree is integrated with our Education Specialist Teaching Credential program. This innovative master's degree program prepares you to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities in a public or private K-12 setting.

Online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching

Online Masters in Learning and Teaching Fast Facts

  • Designed for K-12 teachers who wish to earn their master's degree while meeting the State of California-approved requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential with an emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities.
  • Program completion in as few as 18 months, with six start dates per year.
  • Cost per credit hour — $730.
  • No GRE required.
  • Flexible, online format.
  • Empowers educators to serve as advocates for the disenfranchised and underserved.
  • An advisor guides and supports students from program entry through graduation.
  • Positions you for leadership and administrative roles in schools, universities, and other education and human service organizations.

Be the One: Become a Transformational Leader

Positive learning outcomes should be accessible to all students. The online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT) with an Education Specialist California Credential (EDSP) helps make that happen. Our underlying philosophy derives from social justice principles.

Empowered Educator

The Redland’s online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT) is an innovative and transformational interdisciplinary program that broadens your understanding of education theory while building competencies through hands-on practice opportunities.

Online Masters in Learning and Teaching Curriculum

Below is a sample list of courses you will learn from while enrolled in the online Masters in Learning and Teaching program.

MALT 601 Foundations of Learning (3 credits)*

Introduction to the field of education—its history, major philosophies, sociocultural context, diversity, pedagogy, educational psychology, legal issues, and educational reform. Integrates traditional educational thinking with culturally relevant perspectives based on current research on practice.

*MALT 601 waived for students holding a multiple or single subject credential

EDSP 610 Foundations of (Dis)ability and Special Education (3 credits)

This course critically examines the (dis)ability studies movement, past and present, as it relates to our past, present, and future political climate both in and outside of school. Students will explore the impact of othering, while simultaneously engaging with mandated material required of them as special education teachers. Students will become aware of the tensions between (dis)ability studies and special education and learn how to navigate those tensions while practicing self-reflexivity and advocating for their students with (dis)abilities.

MALT 610A Foundations of Inquiry: Research, Assessment, and Evaluation in Schools (3 credits)

Equips beginning researchers with the tools to conduct meaningful teacher research to inform classroom practice. Educational research is evaluated to understand the relationship between theory and practice when conducting inquiry.

EDSP 616 Inclusion, (Dis)ability, and Classroom Community (3 credits)

Students will explore the ways in which they make sense of student behavior and will learn evidence-based instructional practices that are grounded in person-centered values. Students will become familiar with the application of Response to Intervention (RtI), Behavior Support Plans (BSP), Positive Behavior Interventions (PBI), and IEP goal-writing.

EDSP 625 Diagnostic Reading and Specialized Interventions (3 credits)

Candidates will study the design and implementation of evidence- and standards-based instruction and interventions for a full range of learners, with consideration given to collaboration, MTSS, communication needs, augmentative and assistive technology, and cultural and linguistic factors through the theoretical orientation of critical theory. Field experience is required.

If you would like to view a full list of courses and their descriptions, get your program brochure now.

Online Master’s Programs Help Address the Teacher Shortage in California

According to the California Teachers Association, the state will need an additional 100,000 teachers over the next decade. As the demand for qualified teachers continues to grow in California, so does the need for teachers focused on special education. One survey’s data shows that eight in ten California schools need special education teachers, while another states that 25% of special education teachers in California who were teaching in 2014 will retire by 2024.

Online masters in teaching programs can help address this shortage. Our online Masters in Learning and Teaching program focuses on training students to work with children with mild to moderate disabilities. The curriculum combines foundational knowledge with California’s requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential, with an emphasis in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Graduates learn to teach through evidence-based instruction techniques and interventions as they work towards their special education credential.

The University of Redlands’ online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching program is a flexible and affordable option for current and/or aspiring K-12 teachers who wish to earn their masters degree in special education as they continue to work. Earning a masters in teaching online will help students gain valuable knowledge, build advanced specialized skills, and improve their earning potential.