Online MALT Program

University of Redlands Online MALT Fast Facts

  • The combined M.A. and credential program is 36–39 credit hours.
  • The University 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.

Value of Redlands

Our online postgraduate programs are steeped in the liberal arts tradition to inspire individuals to gain new insights and challenge their perceptions. When you choose University of Redlands Online, you're joining a university that is:

  • Ranked nationally in the top 10% of the best master’s universities for contributing to the public good by Washington Monthly
  • Ranked in the top 7% of four-year colleges for alumni earnings above expectation by The Economist
  • Ranked in the top 15% of “Best Universities for Salary Potential” by
  • Ranked #12 (of 141) for Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report

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.

Program Highlights

The online MALT program can be completed in under 18 months. New enrollees in the program can begin in the term they are accepted. The degree is completed over 8 seven-week terms. The program’s 36–39 credit hours are divided into two stages. Stage one is a coursework carousel with six foundational courses. The carousel allows multiple points of entry throughout the year. Stage two is a degree completion pathway composed of five to six courses related to student-teaching experiences, allowing candidates to choose from four pathways to completion.

A Foundation to Build On: Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the online MALT program, you’ll be able to:

  • Summarize and critique historical and contemporary perspectives regarding cultural diversity, special education, and inclusion by synthesizing core elements with reasonable facility in written work, class presentations, and methodological teaching approaches.
  • Design, implement, and assess differentiated culturally responsive practices to improve learning for all students by comprehensively reviewing recommended resources and structuring a standards-sensitive curricular framework that can be implemented for a diverse range of students.
  • Use advanced techniques in utilizing student assessment data from multiple measures for entry level, progress monitoring, and summative assessments of student academic performance to inform instruction.
  • Collaborate between special education; general education; and work with communities, families, and colleagues to provide necessary services to students.
  • Design and conduct theoretically grounded qualitative and quantitative research and assessments as well as report and interpret results by judiciously locating and synthesizing an appropriate range of scholarly literature and implementing a research investigation that sets forth an argument with due consideration for a theoretical framework and research data.
  • Analyze and apply research, laws, policies, and current issues and trends in education to demonstrate evidence-based ethical decision-making aligned with goals of educational justice by effectively augmenting curricular planning and pragmatics with respect to the diverse needs of student populations.


To enter the online MALT program with an Education Specialist Credential, individuals must provide:

  • Completed online application
  • Evidence of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Verification of passing CBEST
  • One (1) official transcript issued by the registrar of a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Evidence of negative TB test result within the last two years
  • Evidence of Certificate of Clearance issued by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Evidence of subject matter competency, completion of waiver program or passage of CSET (may show evidence of registration for the exam for application purposes, but will need to pass exam before student teaching)
  • Evidence of 50 hours of observation or work with children, preferably in a public school setting or equivalent
  • Completion of Child Development or Human Growth and Development course, CLEP exam, workshop, or equivalent (workshops available through the University)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals
  • Admission decisions are made by the Departmental Admissions Committee
  • Proof of Certificate of Clearance (Livescan)

Student Teaching Requirements

To advance to student teaching, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Evidence of required program competencies, including all coursework with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA (no individual course can be below a 2.0)
  • Successful completion of the first two Teaching Performance Expectations (TPE) portfolio tasks and passing grade (CR) in MALT 600A and MALT 600B

The University of Redlands School of Education offers an 18-week supervised internship program to qualified candidates employed in traditional California public school settings.

Candidates interested in an internship must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed internship application to Fieldwork Office by the designated deadline
  • A 3.0 in each teacher credential course
  • Successful completion of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)
  • Evidence of negative TB test result within the last two years


The cost per credit hour for the online MALT program is $715.

To learn more about program tuition and ways to fund your education, please visit our tuition and financial aid page.


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 603 Multiple Subject Methods I: STEM Methods (3 credits)*

Candidates are prepared to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related content (STEM) to students in grades K–8. This includes identifying, developing, and evaluating STEM challenges using project-based learning, with a focus on English language development and special needs strategies. Curriculum explores, analyzes, and incorporates digital resources. STEM fieldwork experience is required.
*MALT 603 waived for students holding a multiple subject credential

MALT 605 Multiple Subject Methods II: English Language Arts (3 credits)*

English Language Arts content and methods for developing literacy instruction in K–8 classrooms. Theory, research, and instructional strategies are investigated relevant to language and literacy learning, as well as methods for addressing concerns related to equity when working with a diverse population of learners.
*MALT 605 waived for students holding a multiple subject credential

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.

MALT 610B Foundations of Inquiry: From Inquiry to Action (3 credits)

Completion of inquiry-based project from MALT 610A that includes a research proposal, questions, research design, plan, and appropriate form of publication. Research agendas connect coursework to relevant community issues while emphasizing an exploration of a teacher-researcher identity.

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.

EDSP 652A Foundations of Teaching: Education Specialist Teaching Seminar (1 credit)
EDSP 652B Foundations of Teaching: Education Specialist Teaching Seminar (1 credit)

The culmination of the Education Specialist Teaching Credential Program consists of a series of topics designed to develop and further candidates’ professional preparation.

EDSP 653 Education Specialist Internship (13 credits)

The internship program is an 18-week supervised public school classroom experience in mild/moderate delivery model and setting, K–12 through age 22. Open for application to those who have earned a bachelor’s degree, have passed CBEST, CSET, or an approved waiver program and have met program pre-service requirements.

EDSP 655A Education Specialist Student Teaching I (5 credits)
EDSP 655B Education Specialist Student Teaching II (5 credits)

Candidates participate in supervised public school classroom experiences in mild/moderate delivery models and settings, K–12 through age 22. Full-day student teaching is required for seven weeks, constituting a full-time job. Student teaching placements are arranged prior to student teaching by the director of fieldwork experiences.