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Earn your M.Ed. online in just 20 months — invigorate your teaching practice or pursue your ideal career in education.

20 months
30 Units
$710
January 10
December 2

Earn your M.ed. online

Make a Greater Impact in Education

The University of San Diego’s innovative, Master of Education (M.Ed.) 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 online Master of Education program enables degree candidates to earn their degree on their own time while engaging with top-quality instructors and experienced educators from across the country.

$98,490

Median salary for school principals (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

3,000+

Number of students impacted by the average teacher during their career (WeAreTeachers.com)


USD M.ED. online student insights

Maninder Palahey, USD M.Ed. Online Alumna
Preston Peeden, USD M.Ed. Online Graduate Student

Who is this program for?

The online Master of Education 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 allows 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

This program will give you the inspiration, the spark that you need to rekindle that fire of passion.

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!


How to apply

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


education Careers

Educators who understand the challenges and opportunities facing today’s students are in high demand. A Master of Education degree 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

References:
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 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 M.Ed. courses and those unique to the individual specializations 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 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.

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Program Goals

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


accreditation

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.


A WORD FROM THE ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

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
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Reyes Quezada, PhD
Chair of the Department of Learning and Teaching
Kimberly A. White-Smith
Kimberly White-Smith, EdD
Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

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.

Affordable Tuition

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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.

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.

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