Apply to Teaching and Learning Graduate Programs

Picture yourself uplifting current and future generations as a Pre-K-12 teacher in one of California’s public or private schools. The School of Education’s Master of Arts in Education, Learning and Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credential, and Special Education Credential programs build off your existing background to equip you for a career making a difference via instructional design and an understanding of student learning.

Emphasizing the importance of equity and access to quality education for all, these California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC)-accredited programs take an applied and holistic approach and reflect the University of Redlands’ decades-long legacy of shaping educators throughout the Inland Empire.

Whether you are starting your teaching career or seek to expand your credentials, review all requirements for the MA in Education, Learning and Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credential, and Special Education Credential programs and keep all deadlines in mind for submitting your application.

Application Deadlines

The School of Education accepts applications on a rolling basis and will release admissions decisions periodically throughout the year. Applicants should take care to complete their application by the posted deadlines to ensure that the Admissions Review Committee has ample time to make a decision before the start of the term. Applications received after the listed deadline will be reviewed for the subsequent date.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

For a complete list of dates, please visit our Application and Enrollment Calendar.

Application Requirements

Your application illustrates your commitment to fostering academic and personal success among all students. For interested candidates, the School of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning has a series of general requirements and requests program-specific materials covering a personal statement, GPA, certificate of clearance, observational hours, and testing for basic skills and subject area competency.

Review all requirements below:

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed Application.
  2. Evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. One (1) official transcript issued by the Registrar of the institution where your degree was conferred must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment.
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who know your work.

Program-Specific Requirements

In addition to these general application requirements, students must also submit program-specific documentation, found below, in order to be considered for admission.

MA in Learning and Teaching (Multiple and Single Subject)

5. Personal Statement: Please write a 500- word statement that articulates why an equity-centered pedagogy will be important for you as a future teacher. In your response, please refer to at least three of the bold-faced words/phrases in the conceptual framework.

6. GPA 2.75

  • Application files with less than 2.75 cumulative GPA require two additional letters of recommendations (a total of four) and a GPA petition statement.

7. Certificate of Clearance, for CCTC issue, to be cleared through the DOJ and FBI.

8. Evidence of negative TB test result within the last two years.

9. Evidence of 50 hours of observation or work with children, preferably in a public school setting or equivalent.

10. Completion of Child Development or Human Growth and Development course, CLEP exam, workshop, or equivalent (workshops available through the University.

11. Meet Basic Skills Requirement

12. Meet Subject Matter Competency 

MA in Learning and Teaching (Education Specialist)

5. Personal Statement: Please write a 500- word statement that articulates why an equity-centered pedagogy will be important for you as a future teacher. In your response, please refer to at least three of the bold-faced words/phrases in the conceptual framework.

6. GPA 2.75

  • Application files with less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA require two additional letters of recommendation (a total of four) and a GPA petition statement.

7. Certificate of Clearance, for CCTC issue, to be cleared through the DOJ and FBI.

8. Evidence of negative TB test results within the last two years.

9. Evidence of 50 hours of observation or work with children, preferably in a public school setting or equivalent

10. Completion of Child Development or Human Growth and Development course, CLEP exam, workshop, or equivalent (workshops available through the University).

11. Meet Basic Skills Requirement

12. Meet Subject Matter Competency 

Teaching Credential Only (Multiple and Single Subject)

5. Personal Statement: Please write a 500- word statement that articulates why an equity-centered pedagogy will be important for you as a future teacher. In your response, please refer to at least three of the bold-faced words/phrases in the conceptual framework.

6. GPA 2.75

  • Application files with less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA require two additional letters of recommendation (a total of four) and a GPA petition statement.

7. Certificate of Clearance, for CCTC issue, to be cleared through the DOJ and FBI.

8. Evidence of negative TB test results within the last two years.

9. Evidence of 50 hours of observation or work with children, preferably in a public school setting or equivalent.

10. Completion of Child Development or Human Growth and Development course, CLEP exam, workshop, or equivalent (workshops available through the University).

11. Meet Basic Skills Requirement

12. Meet Subject Matter Competency 

Teaching Credential Only (Education Specialist)

5. Personal Statement: Please write a 500- word statement that articulates why an equity-centered pedagogy will be important for you as a future teacher. In your response, please refer to at least three of the bold-faced words/phrases in the conceptual framework.

6. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

  • Application files with less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA require two additional letters of recommendation (a total of four) and a GPA petition statement.

7. Certificate of Clearance, for CCTC issue, to be cleared through the DOJ and FBI.

8. Evidence of negative TB test results within the last two years.

9. Evidence of 50 hours of observation or work with children, preferably in a public school setting or equivalent

10. Completion of Child Development or Human Growth and Development course, CLEP exam, workshop, or equivalent (workshops available through the University).

11. Meet Basic Skills Requirement

12. Meet Subject Matter Competency 

Application Process

In the process of completing your application, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Official Transcripts: This document shows you earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, supports your GPA, and indicates you completed a course in Child Development or Human Growth and Development.
  • Letters of Recommendation: You are recommended to submit letters from instructors or education professionals with whom you have previously worked who can attest to your knowledge, skills, and motivation.
  • Personal Statement: Along with showcasing your writing skills, this document describes your aspirations, how you see yourself as an agent of change and equity in the classroom, and your goals for accomplishing this.
  • 50-Hour Observation Verification: Candidates across MA in Education, Learning and Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credential, and Special Education Credential programs must show proof that they have completed 50 clock hours working with K-12 students. At least 25 of these hours must have been in a classroom or similar setting, and the remainder can be fulfilled through informal learning environments, such as community organizations or social services.
  • Basic Skills Requirement: Your application needs to indicate a college-level understanding of reading, writing, and mathematics. This can be achieved through your transcripts, a California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) exam, Advanced Placement score, SAT or ACT score, or another listed form. Review all options, and find the necessary forms.
  • Subject Matter Requirements: Similar to the Basic Skills requirement, you can demonstrate competency in your respective subject matter through your transcripts, CBEST exam, or another format. Learn more, and find all forms for your application.

Submitting Documents

Please submit all documents via our online application. All components are required in order to complete your application for the Admissions Review Committee. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Along with submitting your application by the listed deadline, be sure to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Review all dates and financial aid options for graduate students.

Learn more about School of Education scholarships and awards here. 

Apply to a Teaching and Learning Program at the University of Redlands!

After reviewing all requirements for the MA in Education, Learning and Teaching, Preliminary Teaching Credential, and Special Education Credential programs get started on your application. For any questions or additional information, contact Admissions for the School of Education at 877-299-7547 or set up an appointment with an enrollment counselor.