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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. Students demonstrate specialized field knowledge as they integrate knowledge and technology across content areas and use differing perspectives to engage all learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  2. Students apply theories of learning, instruction, and motivation relating to the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, physical, and moral development of all learners; evidenced by developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences implemented in an inclusive learning environment.
  3. Students incorporate assessment and technology in their planning and instructional strategies as a means of obtaining continual feedback used to improve student learning, classroom management strategies, and pedagogical approaches.
  4. Students utilize and generate meaningful research on pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational issues and policies to actively investigate and consider new ideas that will improve teaching and learning and advance the profession.
  5. Students explore effective approaches for creating inclusive learning environments that are welcoming and accepting of diverse learners and students with learning differences who, because of gender, language, cultural background, differing ability levels, disabilities, learning approaches, and/or socioeconomic status may have academic needs that require varied instructional strategies to ensure their learning.
  6. Students engage in critical reflection on how their own frames of reference and potential biases impact expectations for and relationships with learners and their families.

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 ensures 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.