"I was hired to teach 10th and 11th grade social sciences at the school where I’m currently finishing my guided practice. I feel … extremely grateful for the positioning, preparation and confidence that USC Rossier gave me to compete for the job."
— Johnny Walker, Master of Arts in Teaching graduate
If you have questions about admissions, connect with an Admissions Counselor.
Specifically designed to build your teaching skills and confidence over time, fieldwork in the MAT program is integrated throughout the program. From the very beginning of your studies, you will have opportunities to apply what you learn to real-world school settings.
Upon admission to the program, our placement team will find an appropriate field placement for you in a school near your community. We will also identify a Guiding Teacher at your placement site to mentor you and ensure teaching benchmarks are met.
In Term 1, you will observe your Guiding Teacher in their home classroom to gain a sociocultural perspective on the environment you will be working in.
In Term 2, you will begin to think about your behavior management plan, start developing lesson plans, teach small groups under the supervision of your Guiding Teacher and reflect on your teaching practices.
Students seeking a teaching credential will complete Guided Practice, our version of student teaching. Guided Practice consists of two 10-week sessions in an actual classroom.
In Term 3, during your first Guided Practice session, you will assume responsibility for teaching two subjects. Students record their teaching experiences with a digital video camera and upload those experiences for feedback from instructors and peers as part of the final review process.
In Term 4, during your second Guided Practice session, you will teach additional subjects until, in the final weeks, you will be ready to take responsibility for the full day's schedule.
By the end of your field experience, you will have:
- The skills and confidence to assume responsibility for the full course load in your host classroom
- A teaching portfolio demonstrating the skills and knowledge gained during Guided Practice
- A video recording of your teaching performance for evaluation by instructors and peers as part of the final review process
Students not seeking a teaching credential will complete the Capstone during terms 3 and 4. The Capstone is an action-research project that challenges the student to examine an area of their teaching capabilities that they would like to improve. Individually guided by faculty members, students will review existing academic research in those areas and plan how to put new learning into practice.
Supporting Your Field Experience
Throughout your fieldwork, you will receive constant feedback from your USC professor. You will be encouraged to take risks, try new pedagogies and sharpen your classroom skills in a safe, supportive environment. In short, you will have all of the support you need to become a successful teacher.
For questions about the MAT field experience or the role of our Placement Team, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-888-628-1872.