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Supplemental Certifications

In addition to earning your California Preliminary Multiple Subjects or Single Subject teaching credential, you can increase your competitiveness in the job market by pursuing the following credentials, authorizations and certificates.

To add a supplemental certification, notify your program advisor of your intention to pursue a credential, authorization or certificate after you begin the MAT program. There is no need to declare supplemental certifications at the time of application.

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California Education Specialist Credential

The California Education Specialist Credential in the USC Rossier MAT program prepares you to work specifically with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. California Education Specialist credential holders are certified to provide regular classroom instruction at either the elementary or secondary level. While there are no additional units required to add the California Education Specialist credential to your MAT program of study, you must complete additional exams and fieldwork.

Career Benefits

  • High-value skill set. Lead general education as well as special education classrooms.
  • Increased eligibility. Earn your California-mandated additional Autism Authorization (required by most districts).
  • Competitive edge. Strengthen your qualifications with the ability to lead all classrooms on your own (teachers who hold only an education specialist credential must be accompanied by a certified teacher).
  • Versatility. Meet the needs of all students, in the same classroom or at the same school.

Exams and Fieldwork

In addition to MAT program coursework, you must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) exam before the end of your last term as well as complete required fieldwork to earn your California Education Specialist Credential.


California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish

The MAT program’s California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish prepares students to teach language learners whose primary language is Spanish. With this authorization, you’ll have the option to teach in either bilingual settings or in English dominant settings with Spanish language learners. Students pursuing this authorization must be fluent in Spanish. While there are no additional units required to add the California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish to your MAT program of study, you must complete additional exams and fieldwork.

Career Benefits

  • High-value skill set. Serve schools that need teachers who are qualified to work with diverse student populations.
  • Increased eligibility. Meet the demands of schools serving a growing population of English learners.
  • Versatility. Teach in bilingual programs, as well as traditional classrooms with diverse language populations.

Exams and Fieldwork

In addition to MAT program coursework, you must pass the CSET: Spanish Subtest III and V during the MAT program and complete required guided practice fieldwork.


Gifted Education Certificate

The Gifted Education Certificate is designed to support educators in recognizing giftedness among cultural, linguistic, and economically diverse students in urban schools. Additionally, you’ll have the skills necessary to identify underrepresented students as gifted and to provide appropriate curriculum for them. Completing the requirements for the Gifted Certificate will result in a USC certificate.

Career Benefits

  • Special qualifications. Recognize and respond to learners who display the needs, interests and abilities of an advanced learner.
  • Enhanced skill set. Become a more desirable candidate for schools seeking to better serve gifted students.

Required Courses

In addition to MAT coursework, students pursuing the Gifted Education Certificate must take EDUC 684: Responding to Gifted Students (4 units) during the program’s summer session.