Teacher Education

About the Teacher Education Concentration at USC Rossier

Teacher Education concentration faculty  specialize in three major activities: preparing teachers through our master’s programs, preparing future teacher educators through our EdD program, and preparing future researchers and professors in our PhD program.

From innovative online teacher preparation (like the MAT online program) to preparing instructors of English as a Second Language, this concentration brings together the best research and brightest minds in the profession.

Courses and research within the Teacher Education concentration use educational psychology and learning theory as a lens for understanding student and teacher learning. Teacher Education also intersects with USC Rossier’s K-12 Education Policy concentration through its focus on the critical role that policy plays in K-12 teaching in urban settings, and the preparation of teachers for high-needs schools.

In the roles of tenured professor, 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 PhD in Urban Education Policy program includes a focus on Teacher Education with research on teacher knowledge, teaching practices and teacher development, and how these areas relate to student learning.


USC Rossier’s EdD program  offers an opportunity to specialize in Leading Instructional Change, specifically geared towards preparing leaders in the field of pre-service and/or in-service teacher preparation. The program focuses 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, whether in university-based teacher education programs or as curriculum leaders in K-12 settings. The courses and field experience in the concentration are constructed to provide prospective teacher/educators with research and theory related to facilitating and assessing teacher learning.


Building on a long history of teacher preparation, USC Rossier’s innovative Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is offered on-campus and online.

The groundbreaking Master of Arts in Teaching online 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 a highly lauded success and has the potential to change the education landscape by putting more qualified teachers in greater numbers into high-need schools around the country and ultimately around the world.

Other master’s 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.