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Graduate Spotlight: Amanda Yoshida | Huntington Beach, CA

Coming from a dedicated family of Trojan alumni, I was destined to become a Trojan. Beginning my search for a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential/Master’s in Teaching combination program, I knew that finding a program that fit my time constraints would be difficult...

Graduate Spotlight: Shayna Markwongnark | Covina, CA

I am a 28-year-old Trojan who never thought she would hold a master’s degree from a school as prestigious as the University of Southern California. Raised by my traditional Mexican mother and strong-spirited Thai father, my childhood was everything but dull...

Student Spotlight: Lee DiGeorge | Queens, NY

Frustrated with online universities, I wanted to get my master’s from a brick-and-mortar school. This would be tough. I’m currently a New York City public school teacher, a new father and an overall man about town; going to a brick-and-mortar would lead to some incredible sacrifices — ones I was not going to make...

Student Spotlight: Jenny Ma | Detroit, MI

Shortly after earning my bachelor’s, I felt a tremendous urgency to join the fight against the achievement gap by becoming this battle’s strongest soldier: a teacher. I stepped into the inner-city Detroit classroom that I would call home for my first year of teaching as a Teach for America corps member...

Student Spotlight: Victoria Raish | September 2009 Cohort

When I started the MAT@USC I was excited to get back to school because I seem to do well in the classroom. I learned so much throughout my time at USC. All of the classes were intellectually demanding and really improved how I think about true learning as opposed to rote learning...

What is an ESL Certification?

Have you ever wanted to become an English as a second language (ESL) teacher? ESL teachers have the unique opportunity to interact with students from several different cultures on a daily basis. They also have the privilege of teaching immigrants and refugees one of the most valuable tools for their daily lives...