Master of Arts in Teaching

If you’re ready to change lives as a K-12 teacher, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed to prepare you—and your students—for success. USC Rossier’s rigorous curriculum is fully integrated with preparation for a California Preliminary Teaching Credential in Multiple Subjects (Elementary) or Single Subject (English, Math, Science, or Social Studies). With additional coursework, you can also pursue a Special Education Credential, Gifted Certificate, or Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate.

The MAT degree is offered at the USC City Center campus in downtown Los Angeles or online.

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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Curriculum Overview

The MAT program requires a minimum of 28 units and can be completed full time in 15 months. MAT coursework will train you to use teaching theories, principles, and skill sets to make a difference in schools with diverse K-12 populations.

Coursework Examples

  • Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools
  • Contexts for Educational Equity, Access, and Agency
  • Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools

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Throughout the program, you will practice applying theories and instructional methods in a local urban or high-needs classroom while being mentored by an experienced guiding teacher.

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People are saying

When I was looking at graduate programs, it was important to me to enter a program that views education as social justice and believes that providing access to equitable education should be central. I loved that USC Rossier’s program fits these qualifications and is right in the heart of an incredible city.


Deven Lyon MAT ’15



The Admissions Committee seeks students whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of the program, and show promise for a successful career as a teacher.

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Senior Assistant Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 740-0224