Master of Education

USD’s Master of Education degree program delivered in an online modality is designed for experienced educators interested in advancing their knowledge and practice through the integration of innovative pedagogies and inclusive and equitable instructional design. The program offers specializations in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design, Literacy and Digital Learning, School Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to their specialization coursework, all students in the program will take a series of rigorous core courses in educational research methods, social justice and educational equity and cognition and learning. The program culminates in a capstone seminar in which all candidates complete a classroom–focused action research project.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Master of Education

See here for basic admission requirements.

Entrance semesters Fall, Spring or Summer
Application Deadlines Visit
Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 (4.0 scale) in all undergraduate coursework
Additional Requirements Personal Phone Interview
Two years of prior teaching experience: send a resume of your experience
Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional supervisors
Two 500-word essays
International applicants: a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL exam and a score of 20 on the written exam; and IELTS minimum score of 7.5
GRE score is optional
No teaching credential required; however, participants in the Master of Education California degree program will need access to a classroom of students throughout the program to apply their learning and complete the course assignments as well as their action research project
Core Courses Required
EDUC 520Social Justice and Educational Equity3
EDUC 521Learning and Cognition3
EDUC 522Educational Research Methodology3
EDUC 523Qualitative Methods in Educational Research3
EDUC 550Capstone Seminar3

Specialization Courses

Candidates in the MEd program may choose between five specialization areas – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design, Literacy and Digital Learning, School Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction. Each of these specialization areas requires five specialization courses as listed below. Alternatively, candidates who want to pursue a more individualized program may self-­select five courses from across the specialization areas and earn a MEd degree with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM)
EDUC 507Creativity and Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math3
EDUC 508Artistic Modeling and Representation in Science and Math Education3
EDUC 509Engineering Design Process in Math and Science Education3
EDUC 527Communication, Technology and Curriculum Design3
EDUC 528STEAM and Special Student Populations3
Literacy and Digital Learning
EDUC 561Critical Media Literacy in the Classroom3
EDUC 562Teaching Digital Readers3
EDUC 563Youth and Digital Media3
EDUC 565Teaching Digital Writers3
EDUC 566Participatory Learning in 21st Century Classrooms3
Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design
EDUC 533Designing Learning Environments for All3
EDUC 538Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 586Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum3
EDUC 587Co-Teaching: Collaborating in an Inclusive Environment3
EDUC 588Disability in Education Policy and Law3
School Leadership
EDUC 501Family, School and Community Partnerships3
EDUC 503Instructional Leadership 3
EDUC 555Leading Professional Learning Communities3
EDUC 506Data Driven Decision Making3
EDUC 515Ethical Leadership in an Era of School Reform3
EDUC 5XX Catholic School Leadership 13
NOTE: Courses required for the MEd Online program may only be completed by students enrolled in the online program.

Courses are currently under development

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.