How to Become a Teacher

The University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education is one of the world’s premier graduate schools of education. Ranked No. 15 by U.S. News & World Report, USC Rossier has been preparing educational leaders for over 100 years through a rigorous curriculum, accomplished and dedicated faculty, field-based teaching experience and unparalleled student support.

To expand the impact its graduates can have on students everywhere, USC Rossier extended its passion for transforming education and brought the longstanding Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree online. Now, every aspiring teacher has the opportunity to earn a distinguished degree from one of the most esteemed teaching schools in the world, opening up a world of possibilities for working professionals looking to switch careers, students who cannot relocate to Southern California and international students.

USC’s Academically Rigorous Curriculum and Esteemed Faculty
USC Rossier’s reputation stems from an academically rigorous curriculum designed to prepare aspiring educators for today’s classrooms. The curriculum is taught by the same esteemed USC faculty and based on the same on-campus coursework.

The MAT programs curriculum and its faculty’s instruction are brought to you with the latest innovations in online technology, using advance social networking tools to create an interactive learning community. Classes are conducted through video chats, and professors are available for office hours. Online forums and familiar social networking tools allow you to stay connected with your classmates, and the mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android offers unlimited access to your learning tools no matter where you are.

Field-Based Teaching Experience
The MAT blends theory and practice to give you a well-rounded education, so that by the time you become a teacher, you not only know the principles of teaching — you know how to apply them.  Our Placement Team helps place you in a school in your area, so that you can benefit from an authentic classroom-based experience without having to relocate. Field-based teaching is integral to the MAT program, and from the beginning, you will be observing classrooms, practicing instructional methods and learning from a specially trained guiding teacher.

Earn Your Teaching Credential
The MAT program prepares you to become a teacher by helping you become certified. Each state has its own certification requirements, but upon completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, you can be recommended for a California teaching credential. The program will recommend you to be certified in elementary education, English, mathematics, science or social studies. If you are not looking to teach in California, USC Rossier’s dedicated student services team will support and guide you in becoming certified to teach in your own state or another one of your choosing. You can also, through interstate reciprocity, earn your California credential and teach in a state that recognizes a California certificate as a valid qualification for teaching.