USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency

The USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency program is designed to recruit and support talented educators who reflect the diversity of Los Angeles. USC Rossier has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Ednovate school network to offer future teachers multiple pathways into the profession. Residents will have the opportunity to gain experience in diverse educational institutions and become mentors to aspiring youth, all while being supported and funded. The residency provides a 100% tuition scholarship and a $20,000 - $35,000 living stipend.* The first step is to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) on-campus program. 

Residency Commitment

  • Complete residency of two terms of guided practice (directed teaching) at one assigned LAUSD school or one of six Ednovate high schools. 
  • At the completion of the MAT on-campus program, commit to four years of teaching at LAUSD or Ednovate, as the teacher of record. 
  • Become a USC mentor teacher after three years of teaching (optional). 

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

LAUSD is the second largest K-12 school district in the United States serving a diverse student population in the city of Los Angeles. The residency program with LAUSD is a great opportunity for students looking to become an elementary, middle, or high school teacher. For guided practice, residents will be placed in a LAUSD school located in the greater Los Angeles area. After graduation, residents can seek employment within LAUSD to fulfill their commitment. 


Ednovate is a network of schools dedicated to nurturing college bound first-generation students with high school campuses in the greater Los Angeles area. The residency program with Ednovate is a great opportunity for students looking to become a high-school teacher. 

How to Apply

The USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency Program application for summer 2024 is closed. 

Applicants interested in the USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency Program must apply to the MAT program by February 15, 2024. Please navigate to the Kira Assessment tab in your USC Application to submit your residency program application.

You will be responding to the following essay prompt: In many K-12 school districts, the teacher workforce does not reflect the diversity of the students. In your opinion, how do K-12 students benefit from having diverse teachers? What can schools of education do to change the diversity of the teacher workforce? (250 words or less).

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the residency admission committee.

Admission to the residency program is partly based on a district's hiring preferences. Applicants whose career plans match the preferences of a district are highly encouraged to apply. Here are the current preferences of each district:



  • Teachers for all Single Subject areas for which USC Rossier offers credentials.

Important Dates


Residency Invites

Interview Date**

Residency Decision Notification

Round 1

Week of January 29th

Week of February 5th
Week of February 12th

February 16, 2024

Round 2

Week of March 18th

Week of March 25th
Week of April 1st

April 5, 2024

**by invitation only

Learn More

To learn more about the Teacher Preparation Residency, register for one of our Teacher Preparation Residency webinars or contact Estevan Hernandez at

*The residency is only available for the on-campus Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. The residency covers the full 28-unit core curriculum. Additional units taken beyond the core curriculum will not be covered by the offered residency program. The exact stipend award is contingent on available funding.  All residents will get at least a $20,000 stipend.   

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