Educational Justice

Focusing on language and cross-cultural communication, the Curriculum and Instruction program creates confident teachers who deeply understand the role social justice plays in education.

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Designed for classroom teachers and education professionals who want to enhance their teaching effectiveness and knowledge of curriculum development, the Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction develops teachers into empowered educators in a diverse California education environment.

Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Forward-Thinking Combination of Social Justice and Curriculum & Instruction

The University of Redlands' Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree enhances teaching efficacy and curriculum development expertise through an in-depth classroom instruction and guided research. With a special emphasis on social justice themes within education design and execution, this program yields effective teachers and education professionals who appreciate the essential role of diversity in education. 

Incoming students can transfer up to 6 credits from outside institutions and 12 credits from across the University of Redlands. The Curriculum and Instruction program can be completed in 15-24 months, depending on the transfer credits applied. Currently, this degree is only offered on the Redlands campus.

Career Pathways

There is a sincere need within all levels of the education sector for professionals with a deep understanding of the cutting-edge methods for designing and implementing curriculum optimized for diverse student populations. The University of Redlands' focus on social justice and equity within education gives our students a distinct edge in the job market after graduation, with a competitive skill set highly sought after in the industry.

Career options for graduates in the MA in Education: Curriculum & Instruction include:

  1. Curriculum Designer
  2. Curriculum and Instruction Specialist
  3. Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  4. District Program Specialist
  5. Educational Technology Coach
  6. Industrial Designer
  7. Instructional Material Director/Learning Architect/Learning Experience Designer
  8. Instructional Systems Designer
  9. Instructional Technology Specialist
  10. Lead Instructional Designer
  11. Learning Management Systems Administrator
  12. Roles within nonprofits and government agencies.
  13. Senior Consultant
  14. Senior Curriculum Specialist
  15. Training and Professional Development - at Corporate level - Specialist and Manager 

Earn a Curriculum & Instruction Degree with a Social Justice Focus

The Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction is designed for classroom teachers and education professionals seeking to better understand curriculum development and implementation from a diverse and inclusive point of view. To learn more about this program and understand if it could be the right fit for you, request information today. 


Admission Requirements

  1. 1 Completed application 
  2. 2. Evidence of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or an approved petition. 
  3. 3. One (1) official transcript issued by the Registrar of each institution attended, sent directly to the Office of Graduate and Professional Enrollment. 
  4. 4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals who know your work.  
  5. 5. Personal Statement: Essay of 500 words describing personal experience and interests in teaching.  

Program Overview

Spanning four to six semesters, the Master's in Education: Curriculum & Instruction degree combines classroom instruction with quantitative and qualitative research in order to deepen students' understanding of curriculum design and to further their skills in implementing curriculum within diverse classrooms. This graduate program takes a special focus on designing and implementing curricula that center diverse perspectives and encompass social justice issues as a baseline.

What truly sets the curriculum and instruction degree at the University fo Redlands apart from other similar degrees is our focus on social justice within education. Our graduate programs are all designed to promote inclusion and diversity within the field of education. Our students are encouraged to question their preconceptions and challenge their fundamental world-view throughout their time at Redlands. In the end, we seek to create an educational system that caters to learners of all levels and backgrounds and to produce educators who understand the impact of social justice issues within education on a deeper, more holistic level.  

The Program is comprised of 36 credits; 12-credit hours are compromised of elective and/or transfer credit. Elective and transfer courses are selected in consultation with your advisor after matriculation.  

Program Learning Outcomes

By graduation, you will have a firm grounding in the quantitative and qualitative research methods required for a curriculum development, as well as cross-cultural communication and inclusive understanding of a range of issues inherent in the implementation of educational programs for diverse student populations. 

Read the full list of program learning outcomes for a deeper understanding. 

Curriculum and Instruction Coursework

EDUC 602 Leadership for Diverse Populations (3) 

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 Intro to Educational Inquiry (3)  

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 645 Intro to Linguistics for Educators (3)  

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 & Inclusion (3)  

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) 

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) 

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 637 Master’s Seminar (3) 

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. 

No courses that have been completed more than six years before the anticipated date of graduation shall be counted toward a graduate degree and cannot be transferred without written approval from the Program Chair.

The credits can be satisfied in one of the following three ways:

  1. Candidates who complete their teaching credential in the post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Redlands may transfer in 12 credits from that program, not including student teaching.
  2. Candidates who completed their teaching credentials elsewhere may transfer up to 6 credits. The Program Chair reviews the candidate's transcripts and catalog descriptions of courses to determine if the units can be applied to the master's degree. The remaining six units are taken as electives.
  3. Candidates who cannot transfer in any coursework or who wish to individualize a program of study must meet with the Program Chair to determine electives that satisfy program requirements. Written approval from the Program Chair is necessary for registration.

To learn more about individual courses offered in the program as well as the pathway to graduation, please view the links below:

Effective Fall 2019: Course Pathway