Teacher Education

About the Teacher Education Concentration at Rossier

Teacher Education concentration faculty  specialize in two major activities – preparing teachers through our masters programs, and preparing future teacher educators through our EdD. From innovative online teacher preparation, like the new MAT program, to preparing instructors of English as a Second or Foreign Language, this concentration brings together the best research and brightest minds in the profession.

Courses taught and research conducted within the teacher education concentration draw on educational psychology through its emphasis on learning theory as a lens for understanding student and teacher learning. Courses and research additionally make connections with Rossier’s K-12 policy concentration through its focus on the critical role that policy plays in K-12 urban teaching and the preparation of teachers for urban and other high-needs schools.

In the roles of adjunct professor, academic coach, supervisor, master teacher, curriculum specialist or professional staff developer, graduates of the Teacher Education concentration have both a depth and breadth of knowledge that emphasizes the design and evaluation of all types of teacher preparation programs.



The School’s EdD program  offers an opportunity to specialize in Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies (TEMS), specifically geared towards preparing leaders in the field of pre-service and/or in-service teacher preparation and focused on equitable learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students in urban settings. By moving between theory, practice, and policy, concentration courses prepare learners to contribute to teacher education in urban settings, whether in university-based teacher education programs or as curriculum leaders in K-12 settings. The content of the courses and the field experience in the concentration have been constructed to provide prospective teacher/educators with research and theory related to facilitating and assessing pre-service and in-service teacher learning.


Building on a long history of teacher preparation, initially at the undergraduate level and now entirely at the Masters level, Rossier recently overhauled its Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2009. Continuing innovation led to an all-new program taught both face to face and online.

The groundbreaking online Master of Arts in Teaching program, was launched in 2009. This program blends the most cutting-edge technology with real-world in-classroom experience, and combines the finest USC-based teacher preparation faculty and curricula with the newest Web-based multimedia interactivity. The MAT online program is already a highly lauded success and has the potential to change the education landscape by putting better qualified teachers in greater numbers into high-need schools around the country and ultimately around the world.

Other masters level programs include, a Master of Science in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MS TESOL) which prepares graduates to work as teachers, curriculum specialists, and leaders of ESL/EFL programs in the U.S. and abroad.