About the USC Rossier School of Education

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Our Mission

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 2,500 enrolled graduate students creates a remarkably diverse learning environment:

On-campus Enrollees
Online Enrollees


of USC Rossier students are first generation


  African American 14%
  American Indian 1%
  Asian 19%
  Hispanic/Latino 26%
  Pacific Islander 2%
  Two or more races 4%
  White, non-Hispanic 34%


  Up to 24 years old 12%
  24-29 31%
  30-34 17%
  35-39 14%
  40-49 18%
  50+ 8%

Our Impact

Seven faculty are elected members of the National Academy of Education
More than 75 alumni are current superintendents in California
USC Rossier established the first ever Master of Arts in Teaching online degree program in 2009
USC Rossier is home to 11 multidisciplinary research centers, in the areas of educational psychology, higher education, K-12 educational policy and educational equity
Five faculty are recent recipients of prestigious awards from American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
78% of USC Rossier Master of Arts in Teaching graduates work in high needs schools
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
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 2020