Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Language and Culture

The Curriculum and Instruction Language and Culture program consists of 36 credits and is designed for classroom teachers and education professionals who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness in connection with language and culture. In addition to the core and required courses, students choose four elective courses in consultation with their advisor to complete the 36 required credits. 

Learning outcomes for this program may be found at

Core Courses

EDUC 602 Pluralism in Education (3 Credits)

Examination of the relationship of ethnicity, gender, class, and culture on student success in classrooms, schools, and educational systems. Cultural proficiency provides a model for study and practice.

EDUC 603 Inquiry I: Introduction to Quantitative Research (3 Credits)

Elements of quantitative research and evaluation are covered. Familiarity with written conventions is developed. Introduces review of literature, problem definition, study design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of statistics. Application to current practice is emphasized.

EDUC 604 Inquiry II: Introduction to Qualitative Research (3 Credits)

This course introduces the essential elements of qualitative research for all education master’s programs. Students will learn about the assumptions embedded in qualitative research, some of the different approaches to qualitative work, and engage in a small project to develop skills in data collection, analysis, and the communication of findings. 
Prerequisite: EDUC 603.

EDUC 637 Master’s Seminar (3 Credits)

Culminating experience of the program. Students will have the opportunity to identify, explore, and research an area in depth and then communicate findings to the professional community. 
Prerequisites: permission from the School of Education and completion of EDUC 603 and EDUC 604.

Required Courses

EDUC 645 Introduction to Linguistics for Educators (3 Credits)

Provides a profound examination into how languages are patterned and structured. Various theories and research on language structure and related factors in first and second language acquisition are studied. In addition, the course will examine effective teaching and assessment strategies that provide all students access to the core curriculum.

EDUC 646 Diversity and Inclusion (3 Credits)

Explores both historic and contemporary perspectives in cross-cultural education. Opportunities, achievement and career gaps, and socioeconomic outcomes will be examined. Utilizing a cultural and systemic perspective, interactions of education institutions and socio-historic contexts leading to differentiated outcomes are examined. Culturally relevant and socially exemplary programs are also studied.

EDUC 647 Perspectives in Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Provides a theoretical understanding of how first and second languages are learned. Introduces language acquisition theories, factors in first and second language development, and pedagogically effective language teaching and learning strategies. Candidates’ theoretical and practical language acquisition framework will enable them to effectively evaluate language activities in the classroom.

EDUC 649 Teaching English Learners (3 Credits)

An advanced study of teaching English learners. Deepens and broadens the second language development knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during the professional teacher preparation program. Candidates acquire specialized skills designed to meet the instructional needs of English learners. Meets the Professional Clear Credential Requirement.

Elective Courses or Transfer Courses:
• Twelve additional elective credits to be selected in consultation with the advisor.

Students who have completed their teaching credential at the University of Redlands as post-baccalaureate students within the past six years may use four of these courses, not including student teaching, as their electives. Other students may transfer six qualified credits from an accredited program outside the University of Redlands.