MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

*Now accepting applications for Fall 2019

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
    • Please note: Only the Statement of Purpose, Resume and Application Fee are required to submit your online application.
    • All additional official documents (e.g., Letters of Recommendation, Official Transcripts, Evaluations) must be received by the deadline to complete your application. 
  • One official sealed transcript from all colleges and universities attended where credit was received, including community colleges. Official E-Transcripts are also acceptable and must be emailed to grads@sandiego.edu. Foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation from a current supervisor or a professor attesting to both academic and personal skills, and if possible, to teaching abilities.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vita
  • Statement of Purpose. Address both of the following questions. Each response has a maximum length of 500 words, for a total maximum length of 1000 words for the Statement of Purpose. When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.
    • What are your strengths and challenges as an educator? How do you want to improve?
    • Why are you interested in this program? Connect your response to the program's goals and your intended area of focus.
  • International applicants only:
    • Official score reports for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants and may only be waived if English is the applicant’s primary language or if he or she obtained a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., Great Britain, Canada or Australia.
      • TOEFL minimum scores:
        • Internet-based test: 83
        • Computer-based test: 237
        • Paper-based test: 580
      • IELTS minimum score:
        • Band score 7
    • Transcripts from universities outside of the United States must be accompanied by a Course-by-Course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

Admission Requirements

Standardized Testing Requirements

Applicants who feel that their Grade Point Averages do not adequately represent their ability to succeed in a graduate program may find it helpful to submit the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores for consideration. However, the GRE is not required for admission. For more information on preparing for the GRE, visit USD's Test Prep or call (619) 260-4579.

Education Requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred
  • The minimum cumulative grade point average is 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • This program does not have any specific prerequisite courses.

Experience Requirements

Teaching experience is helpful but not required.

Interview Requirements

After an initial review of applications to the program, applicants may be invited to interview in-person or via video conference with the program faculty.


Application Process

Application Deadline

All application materials, including transcripts, test score reports and letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered. View current deadlines for admission.

Application Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received or to check the status of your application, please log in to the MySanDiego portal with your applicant login or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.

Submit all application materials online, or to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Email: grads@sandiego.edu


For questions about this program or the admissions requirements contact:

Office of Admissions and Outreach
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
University of San Diego
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 149

Phone: (619) 260-7988
Email: solesadmissions@sandiego.edu

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Program of Study (30 units)

Semester I
EDUC 529Language, Literacy and Culture 13
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic 13
EDUC 541Second Language Acquisition and Development 13
Semester II
EDUC 510Cognition and Learning3
or EDUC 513 Human Development
EDUC 543CMethods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 16
Semester III 2
EDUC 500Research Design Methodology3
EDUC 548Special Topics in ESL3
Semester IV
EDUC 549PPracticum in TESOL3
EDUC 580Master's Capstone Seminar3
or EDUC 595 Thesis

Candidates may transfer up to 6 units of Graduate coursework with advisor approval.

International Requirement

At SOLES, all masters and doctoral students participate in an international experience designed to support the growth of cultural competency. Our goal is to inform best practices in working with culturally diverse populations locally, nationally and globally.  International experiences are approved by each student's faculty advisor and can be credit based or non-credit based activities.