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MAT Progressive Degree

This program is designed for USC undergraduate students with 64-96 completed units (typically undergraduate juniors) who want to begin completing the requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree while also completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

If your future plans include changing lives as a teacher, get started now to equip yourself with the theories, principles and skills you need to make a meaningful difference.
 

Program Overview

Through the MAT progressive degree, you can fast track the completion of both your undergraduate degree and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program will allow you to complete the requirements to be recommended for a California preliminary teaching credential. The program also includes preparation for the English Language Learner Authorization and Education Specialist Credential,* which includes the additional autism authorization.


*Additional exams and student teaching are required to obtain the Education Specialist credential.


Progressive degree benefits:

  • Reduced time to a master’s degree: Complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years, rather than the typical six. 
  • Reduced cost to obtain both degrees: You may qualify to pay undergraduate tuition rates for master’s degree coursework completed while you are an undergraduate, reducing the overall cost of obtaining both degrees.
  • Waive courses in the master’s degree program with qualifying minor classes for further reduced time-to-degree and overall cost (USC Rossier minor pathway only).

Familiarize yourself with the Master of Arts in Teaching program, including the curriculum, cost of attendance, credential tracks and credential requirements, prior to applying to the progressive degree. Progressive degree students are not able to enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching online (MAT online) program through the progressive degree. 

USC Rossier Minor Pathway

If you enroll in one of USC Rossier’s minor programs while an undergraduate student, you can waive courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program with courses completed in the minor. 

Minor in Education and Society 

Courses completed in the Minor in Education and Society Waived courses in the MAT program 
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 671: Contexts for Educational Equity, Access and Agency (3 units)
EDUC 423: Unrealized Promise and Hope for Education in the 21st Century in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 672: Integrated Language and Literacy Development Across the Curriculum (3 units)
EDUC 679: Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools (2 units)

Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood

Courses completed in the Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood Waived courses in the MAT program 
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 671: Contexts for Educational Equity, Access and Agency (3 units)

Traditional Pathway 

If you apply to a progressive degree program without prior coursework in a USC Rossier minor, you will need to complete all required coursework for the MAT degree. However, as a progressive degree student, you will begin MAT program coursework prior to completing your undergraduate degree.

Financial Aid

Progressive degree students are classified as undergraduate students until their undergraduate degree is conferred or they complete 144 units, whichever comes first. Review the USC Financial Aid webpage about progressive degree programs and contact USC Financial Aid with questions about progressive degree programs and your unique financial situation.

Scholarships

Use USC Rossier’s scholarship finder to identify external scholarships and funding opportunities. You do not have to be admitted to apply to these scholarships. Carefully note the scholarship application deadlines, which may occur before the program application deadline.

 

Program Details

Degree Awarded

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Estimated Length

Contact the undergraduate program advisor to discuss your course plan

Units

20- 28

Program Cost

Varies based on your individual course plan

Modality

  • On Campus

Next Deadline

Rolling admission with a deadline of December 1, 2022

Start Date

Master’s level courses begin in the summer between your junior and senior year

Take the Next Step

Program Contact

Crystal Conley

Crystal Conley

Academic Advisor, MAT and MAT-TESOL Programs Office