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 future students—for success. USC Rossier’s rigorous curriculum is fully integrated with preparation for a California Preliminary Teaching Credential in Multiple Subjects or Single Subject (English, Math, Science, or Social Studies).

To increase your skills and competitiveness as a teacher, you have the option to simultaneously earn your California Preliminary Education Specialist Credential, California Bilingual Authorization for Spanish, or Gifted Education Certificate.

The MAT program is offered at the University Park campus (UPC) 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 11 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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Dee Danner MAT ’12

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We would literally be discussing a concept in class one night, and the next day I was using it in my classroom.

Dee Danner – MAT – ’12



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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Associate Director
Office of Admissions and Scholarships
(213) 205-0609