USC students traveling along Trousdale Parkway

As you prepare to become an elementary or middle/high school teacher, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program will equip you with relevant learning theories and skills necessary to improve student outcomes. As one of the world’s premier centers for the study of educational equity, USC Rossier’s emphasis on high needs schools will prepare you to address complex education and social issues in any environment.

Curriculum Overview

  • Gain in-depth knowledge in sociological and psychological theories and their application in the K-12 classroom
  • Learn frameworks for differentiating instruction for all learners, especially those with learning disabilities
  • Understand instructional strategies to teach linguistically and ethnically diverse students
  • Learn language and literacy theories that inform national and global education reform efforts
  • Become familiar with learning theories for designing curriculum, teaching, and assessing learning
  • Understand the role of school, classroom, and community social context in teaching and learning
  • Blend instructional technology into powerful learning experiences for K-12 learners
  • Apply state content standards (including Common Core State Standards if applicable in your state)
  • Utilize language and literacy theories to accommodate language learning styles/needs
  • Master applications of theories and instructional methods in collaboration with experienced guiding teachers in a real classroom
  • Master subject-matter-specific pedagogies
  • Use a video-based practice model and receive feedback from peers and mentors to improve mastery