USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency

The USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency is designed to recruit and support talented educators who reflect the diversity of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and embody the USC Rossier mission. The residency provides a 100% tuition scholarship from USC Rossier and $20,000 living stipend from LAUSD to admitted Master of Arts in Teaching students who have been selected by the residency admission committee.

Residency Commitment

As a resident, you will be required to:

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

Residency Eligibility

To be eligible for the residency, you must:

  • Complete the application to the MAT on-campus program and satisfy all application requirements
  • Receive admission to the program.

How to Apply

Following your admission to the MAT program, you must submit a short answer essay (250 words, one page, double spaced) on the following topic:

“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?” 

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

Important Dates


Admission Notification

Essay Deadline

Interview Date*

Residency Decision Notification

Residency Commitment Due

Round 1

December 16, 2022

December 23, 2022

Week of January 9, 2023

January13, 2023

January 20, 2023

Round 2

February 17, 2023

February 24, 2023

Week of March 6, 2023

March 17, 2023

April 1, 2023

Round 3

Every 2 weeks - last admit decision March 20th

March 24, 2023

Week of March 27, 2023

March 31, 2023

April 7, 2023

Round 4 (Rolling)

Every 2 weeks - last notification April 14th

April 17th

April 21st and April 24th

April 25th

May 1st

*by invitation only

Learn More

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