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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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).
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.
MEd – STEAM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATHEMATICS)
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.
MEd – CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
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.
MEd – INCLUSIVE LEARNING: SPECIAL EDUCATION AND UNIVERSAL DESIGN (UDL)
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.
MEd – SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
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.
MEd – TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
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.
Core program goals for the University of San Diego’s Master of Education program include:
- Building 21st Century Skills – You will learn new strategies to help your students critically analyze information, and to help them compose, create and collaborate using the latest digital technology.
- Engaging in Classroom Inquiry – Our student-centered, teacher-guided approach to classroom inquiry encourages students to investigate real-life questions that connect to their own interests, thereby stimulating their problem-solving, critical-thinking and self-directed learning skills.
- Promoting Educational Equity and Social Justice – Our online MEd program encourages educators to examine issues of diversity, inequity and social justice to create collaborative, inclusive classroom experiences that actively engage all students from different backgrounds and with different abilities.
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.
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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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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 M.Ed. program possess?
The USD M.Ed. 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.