MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

A Rewarding Career Path For Globally Minded Educators

woman writingChange the lives of adult students, their families, and their communities through teaching English as a second language. The Department of Learning and Teaching offers two options to assist professionals in the field of education to develop a scholarly and practical approach to literacy and second language instruction.

The Master of Education (MEd) in TESOL, Literacy and Culture program strives to prepare reflective practitioners who can successfully engage with adult students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure their academic success.

Learn more about What You Can Do with a Master's in TESOL.

Program Highlights

  • The 30-unit, 2-year MEd program 
  • Available as a 100% online track or a 100% in-person track.
  • Employment opportunities at San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCEE) may be available.
  • Graduates earn both an MEd and a TESOL certificate.
    • Certificate requirements are met within the first year of the degree program.

Throughout your program, you will focus on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition methods, and the methodology of teaching English. You will also build an understanding of the complexities of working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities within the US and around the world.

Our TESOL Graduates emerge prepared to work in settings like community colleges, universities, adult education centers, language academies, and international schools. With over 150 hours of observation, teaching experiences, research practice, you will carry your classroom experience into the real world. 

Dr. Sarina Molina"The goal of the TESOL program at the University of San Diego is to develop thoughtful practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the field who are equipped with strong theoretical knowledge and pedagogical knowledge to work with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds both within the United States and abroad. The uniqueness of our program lies in the fact that our candidates have opportunities to engage in sustained fieldwork and practicum experiences in ESOL classrooms throughout their program of study in order to prepare them for their field. Through this program, our candidates gain a deep sense of awareness and social responsibility to address the unique needs of their students within the diverse contexts in which they serve."

-Dr. Sarina Chugani Molina, Associate Professor

On-Campus MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

The on-campus track is a wonderful option for those interested in studying in San Diego, California full-time, and prefer more face-to-face engagement with the campus community. It's a great opportunity to connect and network with your cohort and our many graduate student organizations across campus. 

Throughout the program, you will focus on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition methods, and the methodology of teaching English. You will also build an understanding of the complexities of working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities within the US and around the world. Degree graduates will develop a critical understanding of theory and practice, understand the development and implementation of research-based and culturally responsive teaching practices, and serve as change agents and teacher-scholars at local, national, and/or international levels. 

Online MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

The online track offers local and international students the flexibility of completing classes in an asynchronous format, allowing them to log in and participate at their convenience throughout the week. This also allows those with full-time employment to continue working without having to adjust their schedules to accommodate class times. The online option is only offered in the fall as a two-year program.

Throughout the program, you will focus on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition methods, and the methodology of teaching English. You will also build an understanding of the complexities of working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities within the US and around the world. Degree graduates will develop a critical understanding of theory and practice, understand the development and implementation of research-based and culturally responsive teaching practices, and serve as change agents and teacher-scholars at local, national, and/or international levels. 

We invite you to explore our resource, “Should I Go to Grad School Online?” If, When, and How to Get a Graduate Degree from Home, to see if this online program is right for you.

Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

TESOL Highlights

  • Top 10 Most Beautiful Campus
  • Small Class Sizes and High Faculty Engagement
  • Intensive Field Experience in the Classroom
  • International Experience Requirement

E-Guide: A Career Guide to TESOL Jobs for Global Minded Educators.

Student outcomes: changing lives near and far

After completing the MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture, our graduates find meaningful work in here in California, in their local community and around the world. The degree opens up opportunities in places ranging from California community colleges to the International School of Panama to the University of Macau. You can explore your ability to make an impact as a teacher of English—while you explore the world.

Our graduates have also gone on to complete their doctoral studies

Jasmine Williams with students in Shanghai

Alumni Spotlight

Meet Jasmine Williams, '09

Having an MEd in TESOL, Culture, and Literacy from SOLES has opened countless doors to travel extensively and consult in various places around the world — 43 countries and counting. Jasmine has had the opportunity to work, short-term and long-term, in the United States, Haiti, Guatemala, India, and China. She is currently working at the Montessori School of Shanghai (MSS), which has been an eye-opening experience to the cultural norms and differences in educational thought and practice in mainland China. Prior to working there, Jasmine was a Montessori teacher and literacy specialist at a Spanish-English public charter school. She has also been an adjunct professor at a community college in Northern Virginia and worked at an adult education public charter school, teaching ESL at night. She says that “every day is an adventure and a mutual learning opportunity.” 

Employer Spotlight

The USD English Language Academy 

As the Academic Coordinator of the English Language Academy, a rigorous English language program at USD, Deborah Sundmacher is always looking for outstanding instructors. "Currently, three of our 12 instructors are graduates of the Master's Program in TESOL. 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." 

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