MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

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 consists of 30-units taken over four semesters (2 years). The 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. 

  • Graduates earn both an MEd and a TESOL certificate.
    • Certificate requirements are met within the first year of the degree program.
Applicants can choose between a 100% online track or a 100% in-person track. For applicants to the online MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture program:
  • 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.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2022-23, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2022. Access the catalog of record at

Requirements for TESOL, Literacy and Culture

EDUC 500Research Design Methodology 23
EDUC 510Cognition and Learning3
or EDUC 513 Human Development
EDUC 529Language, Literacy and Culture 13
EDUC 540Introduction to the Nature of Language and Linguistic 13
EDUC 541Second Language Acquisition and Development 13
EDUC 543CMethods of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 16
EDUC 548Special Topics in ESL3
EDUC 549PPracticum in TESOL3
EDUC 580Master's Capstone Seminar3
Visa Requirements for International Students requires full time enrollment *
Total Units30

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.

Exit Requirement

Action Research or Capstone Project

Technical requirements only for Online MEd in TESOL program
High-Speed Internet A high-speed internet connection is strongly encouraged.
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