Online MALT Program

University of Redlands Online MALT Fast Facts

  • The combined M.A. and credential program is 36–39 credit hours.
  • The MALT program is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
  • Students are assigned an advisor, a main point of contact from program entry through graduation.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, California’s average salary for special education teachers ranges from approximately $60,000 to $80,000. This places California in the top 10 states with the highest salaries for special education professionals from preschool to 12th grade.

Online MALT Program

Be the One: Become a Transformational Leader

The online Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT) with an Education Specialist California Credential (EDSP) prepares students to teach mild to moderate disability special education students with autism spectrum disorders in K–12 settings through age 22. Our underlying philosophy derives from social justice principles; all of the work you will do as a student is governed by such elements. You'll also learn to improve engagement in the classroom and make positive learning outcomes accessible to all students, regardless of disability, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or socioeconomic background.


Below is a sample list of courses you will learn from while enrolled in the online MALT program. For a full list of courses, please download a program brochure.

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, please download a program brochure.