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Master of Education

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.

Earn this online Master of Education degree by completing 10 courses (3-units each) for 30 units of coursework. Your Masters in Education online program consists of five foundation courses including a capstone action research project as well as five specialization courses. You may begin your study in any semester with any of the courses offered. The Capstone Seminar is the final course in the program and builds on knowledge gained in the research and specialization courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum is designed to achieve the following program learning outcomes, in addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s Master’s level programs.

  1. Understand the impact of social justice and educational equity on today’s classroom
  2. Explore human cognition and learning and their implications for educators and educational researchers
  3. Review major educational research methods and paradigms and how action research can improve classroom practices
  4. Apply techniques such as ethnography, grounded theory, case-study, document analyses and focus groups to analyze data and interpret findings
  5. Employ acquired skills to an action research project in your area of specialization

Program Goals

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.