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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I’ve had colleagues from Alaska, Texas, Hawaii and all walks of life. The diversity that we drew from, you just can’t replicate that.

Anissa Fay – MAT – ‘11



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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