Master of Arts in Teaching

The top-ranked University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program designed for aspiring teachers interested in becoming effective K–12 instructors and improving student outcomes. This program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.

As one of the world's premier centers for the study of urban education, USC Rossier's MAT program prepares educators to succeed in any educational setting.

Why Earn a Master of Arts in Teaching?

The MAT program offers the same academically rigorous curriculum as our on-campus program. MAT students will complete coursework that blends theory with hands-on, field-based teaching experiences, allowing students to build positive classroom environments to meet the challenges of today's high-needs schools.

Students in the MAT program can choose one of five concentrations. The program is designed to allow students to further differentiate themselves by earning a special education credential or a gifted education certificate to enhance their degree and reach an even broader and more diverse population of students.

Earning an MAT degree from USC Rossier will prepare students to work in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of the classroom. MAT students will be able to fill a number of roles, including:

  • Lead teacher
  • Athletic coach
  • Tutor
  • English as a Second Language instructor
  • Online instructor
  • Substitute teacher

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Program Specifications

Master of Arts in Teaching

Minimum Credits: 30 units
Full-time1 or part-time2 paths available
1–3 years to complete

Master of Arts in Teaching with Teaching Credential

Minimum Credits: 32 units
Full-time1 or part-time2 paths available
1–3 years to complete

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Online Learning

USC Rossier offers a unique online learning experience that combines live, weekly face-to-face classes, dynamic self-paced coursework and immersive field experiences in each student's local community.

Through the innovative technology platform, students can cultivate lifelong professional relationships and personally interact with a worldwide community of educators.

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1 Full-time students can take 8–10 units per term.
2 Part-time students can take 4–5 units per term.