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Explore Our Programs

USC Rossier offers a range of programs designed for aspiring teachers, experienced educators and organizational leaders at various stages in their careers.

Value at a Glance

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Alumni are California K–12 district superintendents.

USC Rossier-trained educators are responsible for 1/3 of the state's schoolchildren.

Dean's Superintendent Advisory Group

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Faculty members among Education Week's top 200 scholars.

Pedro A. Noguera, Shaun Harper, Christopher Emdin, William Tierney, Estela Mara Bensimon, Morgan Polikoff and Julie Marsh named among nation's most influential education scholars.

Ranked by Education Week

91%

Of alumni say their USC Rossier education prepared them to be more effective in their career.

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News & Insight

New study reveals that witnessing violence harms the brains of older teens—but ‘transcendent thinking’ may be an antidote 

These latest findings from CANDLE researchers show that teens who think about social issues and violence in more reflective ways show greater resilience to the effects of violence exposure on their brain development.

After nearly a decade at USC Rossier, Stephen Aguilar earns tenure

As Aguilar reaches the career milestone, he reflects on why tenure is essential to academia, the importance of seeing more Mexican Americans gain tenure and the legacy of Professor Emeritus Robert Rueda.

Featured Faculty

USC CAC advisers celebrate Decision Day with Cabrillo High School students in Long Beach

Near-peer advisers met with students to unlock college potential.

First-Generation Online Student Looks to ‘Push Envelope’ for Representation in Higher Ed

“If I can [help others] be in these platforms that, historically, were never meant for us, then I'm going to...

From Our Alumni

Rosalind Conerly, a USC Rossier alumnus, poses for a portrait at the Stanford campus where she now works.

“The diversity of folks in the EdD program allowed me to really open up my mind to other ways that I can use this degree.”

Rosalind Conerly EdD ’16

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

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At City Heights Prep, Vargas intends to be “one of the many who carries the torch for USC Rossier’s mission and vision.”

Elias Vargas EdD ’17

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Danelle Go PASA '22 (Photo/Rebecca Aranda)

“I was drawn into the Trojan Family and how highly spirited and connected the community is. USC also has a robust list of resources, opportunities and services that supported my holistic experience.”

Danelle Go PASA ’22

Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs

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USC Rossier Research Centers

Led by world-class faculty, our eight research centers conduct cutting-edge research in several critical areas. The work of our centers is guided by a desire to positively impact educational policy and practice at all levels.

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USC Rossier Magazine

Education in the Age of AI

In this issue of USC Rossier Magazine, we explore artificial intelligence's impact on teaching and learning.

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Latest Announcements

Panel: The future of university admissions after the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action

How can leaders in undergraduate, graduate and professional admission use this moment to create more equitable systems? 

 

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Spring 2023 Master Class Series: Science Denial and Racism Denial

Professors Gale Sinatra and Shaun Harper define science denial and racism denial, discuss the parallels and consequences, and offer suggestions to address these critical issues going forward. 

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Inaugural Melbo Lecture on Thursday, August 25

The inaugural Melbo Lecture, “Leading in Times of Radical Change: Invitation to Lead for a New Future,” will examine how breakthrough leaders navigate crisis to create innovation and explore the connection between radical change and lead for a new future. 

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A banner year for faculty hires at USC Rossier

Dean Pedro A. Noguera welcomed six new faculty members for the fall 2021 semester, and many more new colleagues arrived on January 1, 2022 to join them.

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NAI teams up with USC Rossier for Summer School Math Academy

This summer, in partnership with USC Rossier, students enrolled in the USC Leslie and William McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) will participate in the launch of the Summer School Math Academy for eighth graders transitioning to ninth grade.

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Annual education conference takes a deep dive into cultivating education equity

The 2022 American Educational Research Association (AERA) is heading to San Diego along with over five-dozen USC Rossier scholars who have prepared papers and presentations for the nation’s largest gathering of education researchers.

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