About the USC Rossier School of Education


Sunset over WPHThe mission of the USC Rossier School of Education (ross-EAR) is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. Rossier leads the field in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. Our work is field-based, in the classroom, and online, and reflects a diversity of perspectives and experiences. We pride ourselves on innovation in all our programs, preparing teachers, administrators, and educational leaders who are change agents. We support the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers, whose work is having direct impact on student success in K-12 schools and higher education.  We are leaders in using cutting-edge technology to scale up our quality programs for maximum impact.

The Rossier School of Education is part of the University of Southern California, one of the world’s leading private research universities. We are located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the most exciting and dynamic American cities and a unique global hub in the Pacific Rim. This offers students a rich urban environment in which to learn, as well as many international opportunities for research and study. At USC, students come from all 50 states and 110 other countries, including more than 5,000 international students each academic year. USC Rossier students also bring a diversity of perspectives informed both by age and by work and life experience.

The school offers exceptional Master’s programs both on campus and online, an internationally recognized EdD geared for practitioners, a Global EdD for preparing international education leaders, and a rigorous PhD program in urban education policy.  The school also offers professional development.

Because of our leadership work in urban education here and around the world we are preparing the finest educators to succeed in any and ALL educational circumstances.

Our Strategic Plan

USC Rossier School of Education Strategic Plan 2012 – 2017

Our History

Classes in education at USC began in the 1890s, the Department of Education was established in 1909, and the School of Education was established in 1918. In 1998, alumni Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier gave $20 million to the school, which was at the time the largest gift to any school of education in the world. In recognition of their generosity and the importance of their vision for the future of education, the school was renamed in their honor.

In 2009, the Rossier School of Education welcomed its first students into the MAT online, an online Master of Arts in Teaching program, which was the first from a major research university. The online program offers the same rigor as our traditional on-campus program but is offered in an interactive learning environment with intensive, school-based fieldwork experiences, no matter where students reside. Today, MAT online is one of the fastest growing teacher preparation programs with more than 1,800 graduates in 47 states and 38 countries.