The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) curriculum was completely revamped in 2017 to meet new Credential Program Standards and Teacher Performance Expectations set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). The new program will equip you with relevant learning theories, understanding of how to apply these theories in the classroom, and opportunities to master the skills necessary to improve student outcomes.
As one of the world’s premier centers for the study of urban education, USC Rossier’s emphasis on high needs schools prepares educators to address complex education and social issues in any setting.
- More instruction for working with English language learners and students with special education needs
- Greater emphasis on the quality, length, and integration of fieldwork
- A fall semester program start, instead of a summer session start, to allow additional time to complete credential requirements prior to enrollment
- Reduction of the required units to 28 units, completed in three semesters
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program’s rigorous curriculum is fully integrated with preparation for a Preliminary California Teaching Credential . Concentrations in the MAT program are designed to allow you to focus your study on the content area of your choice. Concentration options include:
|Multiple Subjects (Elementary)||Specialize in elementary school education with foundational coursework across a range of subject areas|
|Single Subject English (Secondary)||Specialize in teaching English in a middle or high school classroom.|
|Single Subject English (Secondary)||Specialize in teaching Math in a middle or high school classroom.|
|Single Subject Science (Secondary)||Specialize in teaching Science in teaching a middle or high school classroom.|
|Single Subject Social Science (Secondary)||Specialize in teaching Social Science in a middle or high school classroom.|
Upon completion of the program and credential requirements, USC Rossier recommends qualified candidates to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for a teaching credential. If you plan to pursue a credential in another state, become familiar with the specific requirements in your state of interest.
Additional Credentials, Authorizations and Certificates
You may also add one or more of the following options to your degree coursework for increased competitiveness in the job market:
|Special Education (Education Specialist Instruction) Credential:||Prepare to work specifically with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Special Education credential holders are certified to provide regular classroom instruction at either the elementary or secondary level. The Special Education credential add-on track includes the components necessary for the California mandated Added Authorization for Autism Spectrum (AAAS).|
|Gifted Certificate||Prepare to identify and respond to differences among gifted and talented students by providing the specialized knowledge necessary to address the varying needs, interests, and abilities of each student.|
|Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate (BILA)||Become authorized to teach to a bilingual student population by demonstrating your ability to teach in Spanish.|