The MAT program requires a minimum of 28 units. The program can be completed in fifteen months. Students may optionally add on tracks (Bilingual Authorization for Spanish, Gifted Certificate and Special Education Credential) of 3-6 units each. Add on tracks may extend the length of your degree program.
Sample Full-time Schedule
Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools
A general introduction to curriculum and instruction (pedagogy) affecting teaching and learning across disciplines, grade levels, and different social contexts of schooling.
Contexts for Educational Equity, Access, and Agency
Examine how environmental, pedagogical, and curricular choices can be cultivated with greater knowledge of culture, gender, orientation, race, learning differences and language.
Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum
Identify connections between language, literacy, and learning in school, across all content areas.
Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part A
Apply content-area knowledge utilizing a repertoire of pedagogical practices responsive to the needs and interests of diverse learners.
Identifying and Teaching to Student Differences
Examine learner behavior, ability, and language to access strategies to differentiate, scaffold, and assess learning.
EDUC 675 | (3 units)
Literacy Development and Instruction in Elementary Education
Apply a balanced, integrated, and interactive perspective to teaching reading/language arts in K-8 classrooms.
EDUC 676 | (3 units)
Literacy Development and Instruction in Secondary Education
Integrate literacy instruction within your content area by creating authentic opportunities for learners to develop literacy skills.
Gifted Certificate Courses*
Political and Academic Issues Facing Gifted Students
Examine the political and academic issues affecting gifted and high-ability students. Understand psychosocial reasons contributing to achievement and underachievement and institutional and personal factors inhibiting potential.
Differentiated Curriculum and Pedagogy for Gifted Students
Recognize the talent and potential of gifted and high ability students and how gifted education can be generalized to affect the education of all students.
*The Gifted certificate add on may not be eligible for federal financial aid. Please contact the USC Financial Aid Office for additional information.
Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part B
Prepare to apply curricular principles to lesson development and determine how content should be delivered to maximize learning.
Applying Knowledge and Strategies for Teaching All Students
Applying knowledge and strategies to differentiate instruction for all students.
Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools
Design, implement, and evaluate technology-rich learning environments to customize and individualize learning opportunities and assessments for K-12 students.
Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Courses
Culture Learning in Schools: Latino
Understand the history, values, beliefs, and the demography of Spanish-speaking people and implications for the American classroom.
Special Education Credential Courses*
Collaboration, Families, and Case Management
Plan and implement effective educational services for students receiving special education services. Identify potential interventions for family support and coordination of services.
Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities
Develop effective educational interventions for students with disabilities. Become familiar with formal and informal assessment and curriculum strategies.