Online Master of Education
Become a Teacher That Makes an Even Greater Impact
The University of San Diego’s online 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.
This 100% online Master of Education program is offered through USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences‘ partnership with the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. The University of San Diego Department of Learning and Teaching faculty has designed the online Master of Education program with several specialization options, so that you can hone in on your area of interest on your own time, by joining our online learning community.
The specializations offered through USD’s Master of Education degree program provide a strong researched-based curricular foundation with immediate practical classroom applications. Specializations include:
- School Leadership, Literacy and Digital Learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
- Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Literacy and Digital Learning
- School Leadership
Who is the MEd Degree For?
The online Master of Education program is designed for experienced educators who seek to become designers of learning and enhance their skills.
The program is designed for practicing K-12 teachers with a minimum of two years of teaching experience from 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.
In addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s Master-level programs, the curriculum is designed to achieve the following program learning outcomes:
- Understand the impact of social justice and educational equity on today’s classroom
- Explore human cognition and learning and their implications for educators and educational researchers
- Review major educational research methods and paradigms and how action research can improve classroom practices
- Apply techniques such as ethnography, grounded theory, case study, document analyses and focus groups to analyze data and interpret findings
- Employ acquired skills to an action research project in your area of specialization
To learn more about the program’s goals and learning outcomes click here.
The online Masters of Education program consists of five foundation courses including a capstone action research project as well as five specialization courses, for a total of 10 courses equal to 30 credits. Full course descriptions can be viewed by clicking on your area of specialization below.
- Social Justice and Educational Equity (EDUC 520)
- Cognition and Learning (EDUC 521)
- Educational Research Methodology (EDUC 522)
- Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (EDUC 523)
- Capstone Seminar (EDUC 550)
To view additional courses by specialization, click on your area of interest below:
- STEAM Specialty Courses
- Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design Specialty Courses
- Literacy and Digital Learning Specialty Courses
- Curriculum and Instruction Specialty Courses
- School Leadership Specialty Courses
What it’s Like to Learn Online
Our online courses offer the same high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-campus at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24 to 48-hour timeframe. When you learn online, you gain the flexibility to structure your education around your schedule. To learn more about an online education, click here.
Tuition, Scholarships, and Grants
To graduate with a Master of Education degree from USD, students must complete 30 credit hours. Each credit is $710 for a total program cost of $21,300.
For students who need financial assistance, financial aid is available.
In addition to financial aid, the University of San Diego and other organizations offer scholarships and grants for aspiring USD students looking to further their education.
Click here to view some scholarships available to USD students.
Why Choose the University of San Diego
- Top 100 nationally ranked university
- Immersive and unique career-building education
- 100% online = flexibility for working professionals
- Complete the degree in 20 months