M.Ed. On Campus Online

TESOL, Literacy and Culture

University of San Diego

24 months
1509 USD/credit 22635 USD/year
1509 USD/credit 22635 USD/year
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Change the lives of adult students, their families, and their communities through teaching English as a second language with the TESOL, Literacy and Culture program at University of San Diego. 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 TESOL, Literacy and Culture program at University of San Diego strives to prepare reflective practitioners who can successfully engage with adult students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure their academic success.

Program Highlights

  • The 30-unit, 2-year MEd program 
  • Available as a 100% online track or a 100% in-person track.
  • 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Design Methodology
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Human Development
  • Language, Literacy and Culture
  • Nature of Language and Linguistic
  • Second Language Acquisition and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
  • 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
  • Students who earned their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation at the time of application
  • A minimum of two professional letters of recommendation
  • Current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose of maximum of 1000 words (500 words per question)
  • An official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS is required of all international applicants
  • The minimum cumulative grade point average is 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate and graduate coursework

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    22635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1509 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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