Master of Arts in Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree prepares students to pursue careers as teachers. Credential tracks are offered at the Elementary (Multiple Subject) and Secondary (Social Studies, Science, English, and Math) levels. The Special Education Credential, Gifted Certificate, and Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate may be obtained through optional additional coursework.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Curriculum Overview

The MAT program requires a minimum of 28 units. The program can be completed in fifteen months.

Sample Courses

  • Application of Theories of Learning to Classroom Practice
  • New Media Literacies in High Needs Schools
  • Human Differences

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Students are placed in local classrooms at the beginning of the program to learn practical applications of theories and instructional methods from experienced teachers. Students later complete twenty weeks of student teaching, also known as Guided Practice.

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When I was looking at graduate programs, it was important to me to enter a program that views education as social justice and believes that providing access to equitable education should be central. I loved that USC Rossier’s program fits these qualifications and is right in the heart of an incredible city.


Deven Lyon MAT ’15


The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a teacher.

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Dorothy Chang Dorothy Chang
Assistant Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
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