About the USC Rossier School of Education

About USC Rossier

The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education (pronounced “ross-EAR”) is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices. Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.

The USC Rossier School of Education is part of the University of Southern California, one of the world’s leading private research universities. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC 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 countries, including more than 5,000 international students each academic year.

Our Programs

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. Over the past century, USC Rossier has grown to encompass:

Our Students

Our student body of more than 2,200 enrolled graduate students creates a remarkably diverse learning environment:

1,131
On-campus Enrollees
 
1,072
Online Enrollees

48%

of USC Rossier students are first generation

Race

  AAPI 12.8%
  Black 14.12%
  Hispanic 25.37%
  Native American 0.73%
  White 33.05%
  Two or More 1.82%
  International 6.76%
  Unknown 5.36%

Age

  Up to 24 years old 17%
  24-29 24%
  30-34 17%
  35-39 13%
  40-49 19%
  50+ 9%

Our Impact

US News & World Report ranks USC Rossier the 15th best school of education in the country, with its higher education administration program ranking 7th
More than 70 alumni are current superintendents in California, serving districts that educate 2.5 million Californians, or 40% of the state’s public school students
USC Rossier is home to nine multidisciplinary research centers, in the areas of educational psychology, higher education, K-12 educational policy and educational equity
Four faculty are elected members of the National Academy of Education
Five faculty are recent recipients of prestigious awards from American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
USC Rossier established the first ever Master of Arts in Teaching online degree program in 2009
USC Rossier launched a first-of-its-kind World Masters in Language Teaching dual degree program in 2017
Five USC Rossier faculty are among the American Enterprise Institute’s top 200 scholars influencing educational policy and practice
Alumni Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier gave $20 million to the school in 1998, which was at the time the largest gift to any school of education in the world
78% of USC Rossier Master of Arts in Teaching graduates work in high needs schools
USC Rossier established a network of 5 college prep charter high schools in southern California
USC Rossier faculty had the highest allocation of research grant funding per faculty member of any private school of education in 2016