MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

Applicants to the online MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture, please note the following eligibility restrictions by state:

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, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Online Application:

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
    • Upload the following to submit your online application
      • Statement of Purpose
      • Resume
      • Recommenders’ Contact Information


An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.


  • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to
  • Transcripts from study abroad courses and transfer credits are not required.

Degrees Earned Outside of the United States:

  • Students who earned their bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by World Education Services (WES) at the time of application.  
    • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • 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.


  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

  • Address the following questions in a maximum of 1000 words (500 words per question). When writing your response please remember that this is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your writing skills and academic readiness.

    1. What are your strengths and challenges as an educator? How do you want to improve?

    2. Why are you interested in this program? Connect your response to the program's goals and your intended area of focus.

English Proficiency Exam for International Applicants:

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. 

If your TOEFL testing site is currently closed due to COVID-19, please refer to for at home TOEFL iBT testing options available in select countries.  

  • TOEFL minimum scores:
    • Internet-based test: 83
    • Computer-based test: 237
    • Paper-based test: 580
  • IELTS minimum score:
    • Band score 7

 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.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. 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.
Course Access and Navigation All course-related information is posted on the Blackboard e-learning platform (
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Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm


All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.

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Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.

Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492

For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988
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