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MAT-TESOL 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), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree while also completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree.

Language educators are in demand across the world, providing exciting intercultural opportunities in the United States and abroad. Prepare to become an equity-minded language educator who embodies effective teaching, critical inquiry and social justice.
 

Program Overview

Through the MAT—TESOL progressive degree, you can fast track the completion of both your undergraduate degree and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree. The Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL) program will equip you to provide systematic and effective language instruction. If you meet eligibility requirements, you may optionally pursue a California preliminary single subject teaching credential in English Language Development (ELD) or World Languages: Languages Other Than English (LOTE), which will authorize you to teach in California public schools. The credential track requires an additional four units and one additional semester of study. Learn more on the MAT—TESOL program page.

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 The Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL) program, including the curriculum, cost of attendance and optional credential tracks prior to applying to the progressive degree. Progressive degree students are not able to enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online (MAT—TESOL 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 — Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MAT—TESOL) 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—TESOL program 
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 655: Social Foundations of Language Education (4 units)
EDUC 423: Unrealized Promise and Hope for Education in the 21st Century in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 639: Approaches and Strategies of Language Teaching (4 units)

Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood

Courses completed in the Minor in Dynamics of Early Childhood  Waived courses in the MAT—TESOL program
EDUC 422: Education and Social Change in the Education and Society minor (4 units) EDUC 655: Social Foundations of Language Education (4 units)
EDUC 426: Educational Inquiry for Equity (4 units) EDUC 596: Transformative Advocacy in Language Education

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—TESOL degree. However, as a progressive degree student, you will begin MAT—TESOL 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), Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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