Master of Education in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture
Department of Learning and Teaching
Students in the MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture include current and aspiring teachers from all over the world. Some of our students have already taught English to speakers of other languages, while others are seeking to enter the profession. Click here to view our student profiles or read on to learn more about our student and alumni outcomes.
Outcome 1: Candidates 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.
Outcome 2: Candidates 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.
Outcome 3: Candidates 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.
Outcome 4: Candidates 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.
Outcome 5: Candidates 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.
Outcome 6: Candidates engage in critical reflection on how their own frames of reference and potential biases impact expectations for and relationships with learners and their families.
Graduates of this program go on to teach English to speakers of other languages in English language academies, community colleges, and other adult education settings in the U.S. and abroad. Some alumni who already hold elementary and secondary teaching credentials teach in PK-12 schools in the U.S. Some alumni have gone on to doctoral programs in linguistics or other disciplines. Our graduates have gone on to teach a variety of countries including:
The following list includes examples of schools and colleges in which our alumni teach or have taught:
- International School of Macaé, Rio de Janero, Brazil
- International School of Panama
- Los Angeles Unified School District Adult ESL Program
- America's Finest Charter School (AFCS) in San Diego, CA
- Valle Lindo Elementary School
- Mira Costa Community College
- The English Language Institute at the University of California, San Diego
- Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in Washington, DC
- California Baptist University
- North Virginia Community College
- Education First (EF) Language School
- The English Language Academy at the University of San Diego
- Guajome Park Academic Charter School
- California State University, Dominguez Hills
- International English Academy in Redondo Beach, CA
- Parkway Middle School
- San Diego Christian College
- Macau University
"As the Academic Coordinator of the English Language Academy, a rigorous English language program at USD, I am always looking for outstanding instructors. Fortunately, I haven't had to look farther than the graduates of the Masters Program in Culture, Literacy, and TESOL. Currently, three of the 12 instructors on staff at the English Language Academy are graduates of this program; and in our summer program, over half of the instructors are SOLES graduates. The program's dual focus on theory and practical teaching skills has produced professionals with the passion and knowledge to make a real difference in the lives of our students."
- Deborah Sundmacher, Academic Coordinator, USD English Language Academy