Positive learning outcomes should be accessible to all students. With the University of Redlands’ online master of arts in learning and teaching (MALT) program, you will help make that happen. An integrative blend of a teaching credential and a master's degree, the MALT program prepares individuals to serve as K-12 educators and advocates for diverse learners in public and private school settings. Accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing (CCTC), this innovative, interdisciplinary program can be completed in as few as 18 months.
As a student, you will:
Explore historical and contemporary perspectives of cultural diversity, special education, and inclusion
Design, implement, and assess differentiated culturally responsive teaching practices
Apply advanced techniques for utilizing student assessment data
Design, conduct, interpret, and report on research and assessments
Understand ethical decision-making aligned with the goals of educational justice
Online MALT Fast Facts:
Designed for individuals who wish to teach students with mild/moderate disabilities in K-12 classrooms
Meets the state of California’s requirements for the Education Specialist Preliminary Credential
36-39 credit hours
Cost per credit hour — $730
Complete in as few as 18 months
Six start dates per year
No GRE required
Flexible, online format
Take one, seven-week course at a time
Course of Study
The curriculum has two stages. Stage one is a series of six online courses which allow for multiple points of entry throughout the year. Stage two is a degree-completion pathway composed of courses related to student teaching. The program culminates in supervised teaching experiences in public school classrooms. As you work towards your online master’s in learning and teaching, you will receive dedicated support from faculty and your Student Success Advisor.
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.
The Redlands Philosophy
The online MALT degree helps students learn new approaches to respond to the complexities of teaching in the 21st century. The underlying philosophy is derived from social justice principles and informs all of our students’ work. Through engaging interaction and coursework, students explore the intersections between diversity, inclusion, and special education. As a result, graduates are better equipped to improve learning for all children.
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.
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.
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.
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Whether you have a simple question or need advice to determine if this program is right for you, our friendly enrollment advisors are here to help. They’re here to guide you through the entire admissions process, so you can feel confident in moving forward with your online master’s program at University of Redlands.