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 urban and 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. MAT students will be able to fill a number of roles both inside and outside of the classroom, including:
1 Full-time students can take 8–10 units per term.↑
2 Part-time students can take 4–5 units per term.↑
3 The MAT degree is an academic credential and does not in itself constitute a teaching license. Graduates of the MAT program are eligible to take the California teacher licensing examination and will receive a California Level I Preliminary Credential upon passing the examination. Regardless of the state in which students are seeking their credential, students are required to satisfy the California-based program requirements of the USC MAT Program by successfully passing the EdTPA during the student teaching course.↑