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 living stipend.* The first step is to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) on-campus program. Admitted students will have the option to apply to the residency 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). 

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. 

Residency Partners

Upon being accepted to the MAT on-campus program, students will be able to apply to residency programs in LAUSD, Ednovate, or both. 

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

Following your admission to the MAT on-campus 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

January 13, 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 20, 2023

March 24, 2023

Week of March 27, 2023

March 31, 2023

April 7, 2023

Round 4 (Rolling)

Every 2 weeks - last notification April 14, 2023

April 17, 2023

April 21 and April 24, 2023

April 25, 2023

May 1, 2023

**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


*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.  

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