Master of Education

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Earn your master's degree online in just 20 months.

Summer, Fall and Spring Start Dates

20 months
30 Units
September 3
August 2

Earn your Master of education online

Make a Greater Impact in Education

The University of San Diego’s innovative, Master of Education (MEd) degree program prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their teaching — with an emphasis on 21st century skills, equity and social justice, classroom inquiry and a professional response to the Common Core Standards.

Offered through the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Master of Education online program enables degree candidates to earn their degree on their own time while engaging with top-quality instructors and experienced educators from across the U.S. and the world.


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Maninder Palahey, USD MEd Online Alumna
Preston Peeden, USD MEd Online Graduate Student

Who is this program for?

The Master of Education online program is designed for practicing K-12 teachers with a minimum of two years of teaching experience in a wide variety of classroom settings, including public district, charter, independent or non-traditional schools. This diversity of backgrounds enables students to leverage knowledge, experience and real-world applications from their peers to enrich learning throughout the program. It is also ideal for educators pursuing leadership positions such as principal and superintendent, as well as those seeking careers in Ed Tech and corporate educational roles.

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usd student Success Stories

My USD education will help me design curriculum that’s appropriate for all students and get them to want to be leaders, because the leadership was a big part of the education here. I was nervous about (the asynchronous online learning format) going into it but the professors are very accessible; they’ll work with you. The online (platform) itself is easy to navigate so it wasn’t as scary as I initially thought.

I gained so much more within my teaching pedagogy. I feel more confident as an educator. I fell in love with action research and grew into a reflective practitioner.

The M.Ed online program through USD was great! I chose the Curriculum and Instruction program and it allowed me a lot of choices so I could take a range of classes and explore different areas. All of my professors were supportive and available and they made it clear they wanted me to succeed. I would recommend this program to anyone!

Great teachers, great curriculum, and the materials that they choose are really thought out. It’s made me a better person.

I chose University of San Diego for the nationally ranked and recognized programs they have to offer in Education. USD’s reputation of serving quality education in a brick and mortar environment led me to believe that their online environment would do the same. It did!

The mission and core values of the SOLES program and the University of San Diego attracted me to the MEd program. Within the first semester in the program, I was thoroughly impressed by the consistency of professors who aided and supported teaching and learning while actively incorporating the school’s mission. Online learning can be intimidating, but USD has surpassed my expectations of online learning and has continuously been committed to helping me grow academically and professionally.

How to apply

Get a closer look at the application process with detailed instructions about how to apply for your career-building Master of Education online degree program.

education Careers

Educators who understand the challenges and opportunities facing today’s students are in high demand. A master’s degree in education can open many doors and, depending on one’s specialization, a wide range of fulfilling career options.

School Principal or Administrator

  • $96,400
School and Career Counselor

  • $58,120
Instructional Coordinator

  • $66,970
Curriculum Developer/ Instruction Specialist

  • $64,450
College/University Professor

  • $86,430

Salary data from employment websites including U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indeed, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, PayScale

academic calendar

Degree candidates are admitted throughout the year to begin their online education master’s program during one of three semesters (spring, summer and fall). Students take two courses during each 14-week semester, focusing on one 7-week course at a time. This master’s degree program can be completed in 5 semesters (20 months).

cutting-edge Curriculum

The core MEd courses and those unique to individual degree programs are specially designed for online learning with the course content prepared by your professor with input and support from the academic director.

All courses in the education master’s program are instructor-led and asynchronous, enabling you to work on your assignments on your own schedule while still meeting deadlines. If you are balancing coursework with a full-time job or other time commitments, asynchronous learning offers you a great deal of flexibility. Materials needed for assignments are readily available so you can access them and do your classwork when the time is right for you.


Choose a Specialization

Master of Education Degree Options

USD offers a range of Master of Education online degree programs, so you can choose the learning path and area of focus that most closely aligns with your professional goals. By virtue of being fully online, each of these programs offers the flexibility to support asynchronous learning, so you can pursue your master’s degree in education according to your own schedule. Learn from leaders in your field on a part-time or full-time basis and develop the specialized skills and knowledge to take your career in education to the next level.


By adding Arts to the traditional STEM integrated instruction framework, our STEAM specialization empowers teachers to engage both sides of their brain and take an interdisciplinary, project-based approach to learning and solving everyday problems.


Design a program of study that meets your particular needs and interests by taking select courses from each of our specialization tracks and expand your knowledge of the design, delivery and assessment of lessons, units and programs.


Our fully online Inclusive Learning specialization gives teachers the tools they need to engage all learners and create inclusive spaces where students of all abilities feel a sense of belonging and can achieve their educational goals.


Learn valuable lessons and gain hands-on experience in essential areas of school leadership, including data-driven decision-making, instructional leadership, professional learning communities, meaningful engagement with families and communities and ethical and professional norms.


Prepare for the future of education by developing a deep understanding of how traditional educational research, standards, frameworks, techniques and best practices can integrate with technology to promote equitable and engaging digital learning experiences for all learners.

Program Goals

Core program goals for the University of San Diego’s Master of Education program include:


Accreditation is an important quality indicator for college and university degree programs, generally regarded as a stamp of approval that ensures you will be able to apply for financial aid and transfer your credits if you decide to switch schools. Most state universities and private non-profit universities will have a regional accreditation, which is the most widely accepted and trusted in terms of transfer credit and eligibility for employer tuition assistance programs. The University of San Diego has regional accreditation.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission – WASC is a regional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. Learn more about the importance of selecting a regionally accredited program.


Joseph Lathan, PhD, Professor of Practice, Director of Online Programs

Master’s of Education Administration

Our administration is composed of accomplished professionals who are committed to academic excellence and dedicated to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Joseph Lathan, PhD
Program Director
Headshot of Maya Kalyanpur
Maya Kalyanpur, PhD
Professor and Chair of Department of Learning and Teaching
Suzanne Stolz, EdD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching
Kimberly A. White-Smith
Kimberly White-Smith, EdD
Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Sarina Molina, EdD
Associate Dean and Associate Professor

Tuition & Financial aid

Program tuition is competitive with other top institutions. Federal financial aid can help you fund your degree. Scholarships and grants may also be available.

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Scholarships & grants

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the online Master of Education program include a preliminary licensure or does it lead to a teaching credential?

It does not lead to a teaching credential. Our program requires that students have two years of teaching experience. As a result, most students already have a teaching credential or they work in roles that do not require a teaching credential.

Is the online Master of Education program open to students from outside the United States?

Yes! We have students and alumni from all over the world.

How much is tuition for the MEd program?

Tuition for the MEd program is $710 per unit. With a total of 30 units, the full cost of tuition for the program is $21,300.

Tuition amounts shown on this website, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, the University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time to correct errors. Please note that the displayed tuition covers only the cost of courses, and additional expenses such as books and other fees are not included.

Is specific standardized testing like the GRE required for acceptance to the Master of Education program?

No, the GRE is not a requirement. The admissions committee takes a comprehensive approach when reviewing all applications.

Is it possible to be accepted into the program and work through the courses without being a teacher at the same time?

While you do not have to be a teacher simultaneously, you do have to have access to a classroom in order to apply what you’ve learned. Our program focuses on helping to provide skills that educators can apply immediately in their classrooms or places of work.

What accreditations does the online USD MEd program possess?

The USD MEd program is regionally accredited by WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Regional accreditation is a very important consideration when deciding on a program because it is the most widely accepted in terms of transfer credit and eligibility for employer tuition assistance programs. It is typically awarded to degree-oriented, nonprofit or state-owned institutions (as opposed to for-profit schools or religious schools that offer vocational or technical training).

Does the program provide a certification for special education teachers?

If you choose the Special Education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) specialization, you will learn a wealth of knowledge that in most cases is more in-depth than special education certification programs.

Do you need to have a science or math background to be accepted into the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) specialization?

No. At USD we are committed to helping close the STEAM gap. When reviewing applications, we look for individuals who demonstrate a commitment or passion for the field.


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