As a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, you will complete fieldwork that is fully integrated with your coursework. This format allows you to immediately absorb and apply what you learn while the information is still fresh.

Throughout the program, you will film your teaching experiences and upload the videos for evaluation and discussion with USC faculty and your peers in the program. Through this collaborative process, you will gain supportive feedback on your practice as well as insights from your peers and instructors.

Semester one

View and analyze video of teaching that mirror the socio-cultural environment in which you plan to work. Both you and your guiding teacher will practice the pedagogy, get feedback from each other as well as reflect on your practice.

Semester two

Plan, rehearse, and practice pedagogy both in a virtual setting as well as in a real classroom. You will practice your pedagogy, get 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 be asked to plan and deliver lessons by the middle of the term. Similar to semester 1 and 2, you will also engage in reflection on practice.

By the end of your field 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 Experience Support

Throughout your fieldwork, you will receive constant feedback from your USC Rossier faculty. You will be encouraged to take risks, try new pedagogies and sharpen your classroom skills in a safe, supportive environment.