Teacher Prep Residency

In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District

The USC Rossier Teacher Preparation Residency is designed to recruit and support talented educators who reflect the diversity of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and embody the USC Rossier mission. The residency awards a $42,000 tuition scholarship from USC Rossier and $20,000 living stipend from LAUSD to admitted Master of Arts in Teaching students that have been selected by the residency committee.

Residency Commitment

As a resident, you will be required to:

  • Complete a residency of two terms of guided practice (directed teaching) at one assigned LAUSD school
  • At the completion of the MAT program, commit to four years of teaching in LAUSD, as the teacher of record
  • Become a USC mentor teacher after three years of teaching (optional).

Residency Eligibility

To be eligible for the residency, you must:

  1. Complete the application to the MAT on-campus program and satisfy all application requirements
  2. Receive admission to the program.

How to Apply

  • Following your admission to the MAT Program in admission rounds 1 or 2, you will have one week to submit a short answer essay (250 words, one page, double spaced) on the following topic:
    “In many K-12 school districts, the teacher workforce does not reflect the diversity of the students. In your opinion, how do K-12 students benefit from having diverse teachers? What can schools of education do to change the diversity of the teacher workforce?”

  • Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the residency committee

Important Dates

Teacher Preparation residents will be selected from MAT on-campus admitted students who apply for the program in rounds 1 and 2 only.

  Admission Notification Essay Deadline Interview Date* Residency Decision Notification Residency Commitment Due
Round 1 January 7, 2022 January 14, 2022 Week of January 24, 2022 February 2, 2022 February 7, 2022
Round 2 February 25, 2022 March 4, 2022 Week of March 7, 2022 March 11, 2022 March 25, 2022

*by invitation only

Learn More

To learn more about the Teacher Preparation Residency, register for one of our Teacher Preparation Residency webinars or contact Callah Darmali at darmali@rossier.usc.edu.