Rossier Audiences

Master of Arts in Teaching – On Campus

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) prepares students to pursue careers as teachers. Credential tracks are offered at the elementary and secondary levels (Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English). The Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate, Gifted Certificate or Special Education Credential may be obtained through additional coursework.

Please note: The on-campus application process, deadlines and start dates differ from the online Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Application Deadlines

Deadline Notification by
Round 1 December 1, 2016 February 15, 2017
Round 2 January 15, 2017 March 15, 2017
Round 3 March 15, 2017 May 15, 2017

Applicants who submit a complete application early will receive primary consideration for USC Rossier Scholarships.

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Application Requirements

 A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Online application
  • Scanned copies of university-issued official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned)
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay and two short answer responses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Submit prerequisite coursework
  • $90 non-refundable application fee (on-campus)
  • Competency requirements (CBEST/CSET)
  • International applicants only: TOEFL or IELTS scores

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Application Checklist

 

Application Instructions

Follow the instructions below to complete your application. For printable summary of application instructions, download and print the application checklist.

Please note the following:

  • ALL application materials must be submitted by the round deadline in order to receive notification of your admission decision by the corresponding notification date. Incomplete applications may be delayed to the next application review round.
  • Applicants who submit a complete application early will receive primary consideration for USC Rossier Scholarships.

1. Complete the online application

You may save your information and continue to complete your application at a later date. If you are applying to multiple programs please indicate this in your application.

  • Enter your name as it appears on your government issued ID. Indicate any alternate or previous names in the “other name” field (i.e. maiden name)
  • Enter the email address USC Rossier should use to communicate with you throughout the application process.

2. Request college or university-issued official transcripts

College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all post-secondary institutions you attended, regardless of whether credit or degree was earned.

Transcript submission is a two-step process:

Step One:

  • Request that official transcripts from each college or university you attended be mailed to your residence (print-outs from portals are not acceptable).
  • Scan and upload these official transcripts into the application system online. College or university-issued transcripts must be received from all institutions attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned).

Step Two:

  • After you submit your application and receive your 10-digit USC ID number, request that a second copy of all official transcripts be sent from all institutions directly to USC. You can use one of the following two methods to send USC your official transcripts:

Electronic transcripts Official electronic transcripts are preferred as long as they are from a U.S. institution. Transcripts must be emailed directly from the college or university to the USC Office of Graduate Admission at admscan@usc.edu.

Hard copy transcripts Hard copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary schools you have attended should be sent to the addresses provided below:

USC Rossier School of Education
Office of Admission and Scholarships
3601 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Transcripts must arrive at USC in a sealed envelope from the institution. You may not send transcripts that have been previously opened.

3. Upload a resume/CV

Your resume should be detailed enough to help the Admissions committee understand the various experiences – extracurricular, leadership, or volunteer – that have shaped your interest in the program.

  • Make sure your resume clearly outlines your role(s) and responsibilities within each organization and highlight any special achievements or accomplishments

4. Enter your essay and short answer responses

Essay responses will be used to evaluate your personal, professional and educational experiences, path to a degree in student affairs and ability to effectively communicate ideas and organize written thoughts.

  • Answer the required essay and short answer questions in the online application. Remain within assigned character limits for each question.

5. Input contact information for recommenders

Ideally, your recommendations should come from current and former supervisors who can comment on the value you have added to your workplaces, or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.

  • Provide the name and email address for each reference who will electronically submit a letter of recommendation. References will receive an email with a password and directions.
  • References must complete the cover sheet and write a letter.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure all recommendations are submitted by the deadline.

6. Submit a list of prerequisite coursework

For a competitive application, it is recommended that you complete and submit a list of all relevant coursework that demonstrates your familiarity with the degree concentration for which you are applying.

Multiple subject (elementary education) concentration:

  • No prerequisite major is required
  • Document completion of at least three units per course with at “B” or better in each of the following: Post-secondary English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Multiple subject (elementary education) concentration:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the chosen subject is preferred
  • Document completion of twelve units with a “B” or better in your chosen subject:
    • English – 12 semester units of college level coursework in Literature and Writing.
    • Mathematics – 12 semester units of college level coursework in Mathematics, including one year of single variable Calculus.
    • Science – 12 units of college level coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Geo-science, or Physics.
    • Social Science – 12 units of social science, including History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Anthropology or Political Science

7. Submit $90 application fee or obtain fee waiver

  • Application fees must be paid via credit or debit card
  • An application fee waiver is available to applicants who meet certain eligibility criteria. If you choose to apply for a fee waiver you must:
    1. Start your online application – do not submit until fee waiver is approved.
    2. Provide supporting documents to demonstrate qualification.
    3. Have your fee waiver request approved.
    4. Complete and submit your online application.

    Eligibility criteria and instructions for obtaining a fee waiver can be found at the USC Graduate Admission website.

8. Satisfy competency requirements for your desired credential (CBEST, CSET, etc)

The on-campus MAT program prepares you to meet the requirements of a multiple subject or single subject California Teaching Credential. USC Rossier requires that applicants verify basic skill and subject matter competence by May of the program year, but verification is not required to complete an application.

Satisfy the basic skills requirement
The most common method to verify basic skill competence is to take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), however the requirement can be met by satisfying alternative requirements. For more information please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

Satisfy the subject matter competence requirement
The most common method to verify subject matter competence for your desired credential is to take the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET), however the requirement can be met by satisfying alternative requirements. For more information please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

Multiple subject (elementary education) concentration:
Meet the subject matter competence requirement by submitting passing scores on the CSET multiple subject subtests:

  • Subtest I (101)
  • Subtest II (102)
  • Subtest III (103)

Single subject (secondary education) concentration:
Meet the subject matter competence requirement in one of the following ways:

1. Achieve a passing score on the CSET that corresponds to the course of study which you plan to teach. See the table below for required subtests and visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website for more information

Credential Area CSET Subtests Required
English English Subtest I (105)
English Subtest II (106)
English Subtest III (107)
English Subtest IV (108)
Mathematics Mathematics Subtest I (211)
Mathematics Subtest II (212)
Mathematics Subtest III (213)
Science: Biological Sciences Science Subtest I: General Science (118)
Science Subtest II: General Science (119)
Science Subtest III: Biology/Life Science (120)
Science: Chemistry Science Subtest I: General Science (118)
Science Subtest II: General Science (119)
Science Subtest III: Chemistry (121)
Science: Geosciences Science Subtest I: General Science (118)
Science Subtest II: General Science (119)
Science Subtest III: Earth and Planetary Science (122)
Science: Physics Science Subtest I: General Science (118)
Science Subtest II: General Science (119)
Science Subtest III: Physics (123)
Social Science Social Science Subtest I (114)
Social Science Subtest II (115)
Social Science Subtest III (116)

2. Complete a commission-approved subject-matter program, and obtain verification of completion from the authorized person in the education department of a California college or university with an approved program.
3. Verify appropriate experience or education if trained in another state.

CBEST/CSET Preparation Assistance

When you complete an application for the MAT program with the USC Rossier School of Education, you are eligible for free CBEST/CSET practice assessment and online courses in partnership with Teacher’s Test Prep, a nationwide leader in credentialing exam preparation. Teacher’s Test Prep participants have a 93-98% success rate, depending on the particular exam.

Follow these steps to obtain access to the online prep program:

  • Complete your application to the USC Rossier School of Education. You may leave the information regarding CBEST/CSET scores blank.
  • Contact your assigned admissions director to obtain login credentials for the Teacher’s Test prep practice assessment.
  • After you complete the practice assessment, your admissions director will contact you to review your scores and recommend appropriate Core Plus Online Prep courses, based on the your likelihood of passing the exam.
  • You will be provided six months access to your assigned Core Plus Online Prep courses at no cost to you ($65-$195 regular price for each course).

International Applicants

The USC MAT program welcomes international applicants. If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States, please be aware that you are subject to U.S. government regulations regarding entry into the United States and enrollment in programs that include online instruction. These policies may affect your eligibility to enroll in either MAT on campus or MAT Online. Please consult the following table for specific information:

I Plan to Study in the United States I expect to hold the following visa during my study Am I eligible for MAT On Campus? Am I eligible for MAT online?
Yes Student Visa (F-1) Yes No
A non-student visa that allows full-time study in the United States Yes Yes
A visa that does not allow full-time study in the United States No No
No A visa is not necessary if you plan to study outside the United States. No Yes, if a fieldwork placement can be arranged at a school in your local area that operates according to an American system. Please contact an MAT online admissions counselor for more information.

U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident Living Outside the U.S.

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident living outside the U.S., you may be eligible to enroll in MAT online if fieldwork can be arranged at a school in your local area that operates according to an American system. Please contact Rossier Online for more information.

Review Timeline

Once your application is submitted and processed you will receive regular email updates (to the email address you provided on your application) indicating which documents have not been received. If you submitted a complete application by the deadlines listed above you will receive your admission decision by the corresponding notification date. In rare cases we may need additional information from you. If this is the case, our office will be in contact with you to ensure timely processing of your application.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dorothy Chang
Assistant Director, Office of Admissions and Scholarships
changdor@rossier.usc.edu
(213) 740-0224