Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Language and Culture Emphasis

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 Leadership For Diverse Populations (3 Credits)

Examination of how leaders adapt communication, leadership style, social, emotional, and academic services to support the success of all students. Emphasis on the relationship of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and culture on student success in classrooms, schools, and educational systems.

EDUC 644 Introduction to Educational Research (3 Credits)

Introduces the major orientations informing educational research, as well as a range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Develops an understanding of study design, data collection, and analysis to evaluate existing studies and plan new ones that are relevant to professional practice in education.

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: completion of all course requirements. Students may be concurrently enrolled in other required courses to fulfill program requirements.

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 (up to a maximum of 12 units). Other students may transfer six qualified credits from an accredited Master's level program outside the University of Redlands, providing the courses are not in obsolescence by the time the student completes the Curriculum & Instruction program.