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As a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you will complete fieldwork that is fully integrated with your coursework, allowing you to immediately apply the strategies learned in class. USC Rossier’s unique approach to fieldwork provides opportunities that support your growth as a teacher.

Progressive student teaching responsibility: As you master a skill or gain content knowledge, you will build on what you have learned toward higher levels of achievement. If you need more time to master a skill, you will be supported until you are ready to move forward.

Mentoring relationships with experienced teachers: During the program, you will have two guiding teachers. These two teachers will provide you with the opportunity to observe and teach in his or her classroom during the school year, as well as provide a different perspective on your growth as a teacher. You will gain diverse perspectives and support in lesson planning, feedback, classroom management and more.

Customized fieldwork placement: The MAT program team works with each student to determine a school site that will provide an experience aligned with your professional goals. USC Rossier’s longstanding partnerships with schools throughout Southern California offer the opportunity for placement in a wide variety of locations.

Collaborative feedback and support: Throughout the program, you will film your teaching experiences and upload the videos for reflection, evaluation and discussion. This process with provide you with supportive feedback on your practice as well as insights from your peers and instructors.

By the end of your fieldwork experience, you will have:

  • The skills and confidence to assume responsibility for the full course load in your host classroom.
  • A teaching portfolio demonstrating the skills and knowledge gained during Application of Curriculum & Instruction (ACAI).
  • A video recording of your teaching performance for evaluation by instructors and peers as part of the final review process.

Field Schedule

Semester one

No Fieldwork

Semester two

Plan, rehearse and practice pedagogy both in a virtual setting as well as in a real classroom. You will practice your pedagogy, obtain feedback from your peers and professor and critically reflect on your practice.

Semester three

Plan, practice and develop sophistication in your pedagogy in a real classroom and plan and deliver lessons by week two. Similar to semester two, you will also engage in reflection on practice.

Quick Facts on MAT Fieldwork