"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 their placement site to mentor you and ensure teaching benchmarks are met.
In Term 1, students will view and analyze videos of teaching that mirror the sociocultural environment they will be working in. Both students and their guiding teacher will practice the pedagogy, receive feedback from each other and reflect on their practice.
In Term 2, students will plan, rehearse and practice pedagogy both in a virtual setting and a real classroom. Students will practice their pedagogy, receive feedback from their peers and professor and critically reflect on their practice.
In Term 3, students will plan, practice and develop sophistication in their pedagogy in a real classroom and be asked to plan and deliver lessons by the middle of the term. As they did in Terms 1 and 2, students will also engage in reflection on their practice.
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 Application of Curriculum and Instruction (ACAI)
- 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 Term 3. The Capstone is an action-research project that challenges the student to examine a research problem pertaining to schooling, teaching or learning in order to gain greater understanding or expertise. Individually guided by faculty members, students will review existing academic research related to their chosen area of interest, collect school and classroom data, develop findings, draw conclusions and suggest implications for further study.
Supporting Your Field Experience
Throughout your fieldwork, students will receive constant feedback from their USC professor. They will be encouraged to take risks, try new pedagogies and sharpen their classroom skills in a safe, supportive environment. In short, students will have the support they 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.