University of San Diego

School of Leadership and Education Sciences

M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy and Culture


Office of Graduate Admissions, 5998 Alcala Park

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy and Culture

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our master’s students in TESOL, literacy, and culture develop a scholarly and practical approach to literacy and second language instruction. This program offers candidates a theoretical basis and practical knowledge in teaching English as a Second and Foreign Language. Candidates are prepared to work effectively in adult education settings, such as community colleges, universities, adult education centers, and language academies in the United States and abroad. The program focuses on culture, linguistics, second language acquisition, and methodology of teaching English, including alignment with required standards and a sound understanding of the complexities of working with linguistically and culturally diverse populations. The program includes a minimum of 50 hours of practicum and 40 hours of observation in TESOL classrooms in community colleges and adult learning settings, such as USD’s on-campus English Language Academy. Students may choose to include a TESOL certificate in their program of study, or may pursue the certificate independently of the master’s program.


The University of San Diego is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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