Master of Education

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

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Program Objectives

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 work on your master’s degree on your own time with fully online courses. These programs provide a strong researched-based curricular foundation with immediate practical classroom applications. You can choose Literacy and Digital Learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design or a comprehensive curriculum and instruction specialization.


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

Who’s this degree for?

The online Master of Education program is designed for experienced K-12 educators who seek to become a designer 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. As a result, courses allow students to leverage knowledge, experience, and real-world application to enrich learning throughout the program.


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Program Details

USD’s MEd Incorporates These Four Essential Objectives Throughout its Program


Promoting Educational Equity and Social Justice

As educators we are able to rethink how our classrooms operate and create an environment that will offer students from all backgrounds the best possible learning experience.  Our Master of Education online degree program helps educators look at the issues of diversity, inequity, conflict, and social justice, so they can prepare and teach lessons that actively engage students from different backgrounds and with different abilities.  This approach removes former barriers and insures a collaborative and inclusive classroom experience for all of the students.

Building 21st Century Skills

We live in a highly complex society, and it is the responsibility of educators to prepare today’s students to thrive in this environment.  Our program equips educators to help build learning and innovation, media and technology, and life and career skills in their students.  Educators will learn to leverage new media and digital learning to expand student thinking, help them critically analyze, access and share information, and compose, create, and collaborate using the latest technology. Contact us today for more information about our online Masters of Education program.

Engaging in Classroom Inquiry

Although engaging students is a critical goal of all classroom learning, the University of San Diego’s Masters of Education program invites educators to explore and implement classroom inquiry, which takes student engagement to a new level.  This student-centered and teacher-guided approach encourages students to investigate real life questions.  Classroom inquiry builds on traditional instruction by allowing students to connect learning with their own interests and broaden the context and framework for their education.  Through this process students learn problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-directed learning skills. Earn your online Masters in Education and help make a difference in the classroom.

Responding to Common Core State Standards

Offering a professional response to the demands of Common Core State Standards with classroom lessons is an important aspect of teaching today.  Our Master of Education online program provides educators with the building blocks to develop evidence-based best practices.  The coursework will strengthen your ability to effectively engage students in reading and responding to complex texts, accessing and critically evaluating information, and sharing their ideas through written work, oral presentations, and multimodal media communications.


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