Teacher Certification by State

USC Rossier is committed to supporting all of our students as they become highly qualified, credentialed educators — no matter where they live or wish to pursue their teaching careers. Our Master of Arts in Teaching online (MAT online) and Master of Arts in Teaching – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages online (MAT – TESOL online) with credential programs offer the same academically rigorous curriculum as our on-campus programs, including hands-on student teaching.

To apply to the USC Rossier MAT online with credential or MAT – TESOL online with English Language Development (ELD) credential programs, you must register or submit passing scores for a subject matter-specific test such as a California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) subtest, or a subject-specific subtest required for licensure in another state. We strongly recommend signing up for a subject-matter assessment in the state where you reside or intend to practice.

Upon program completion, you will be prepared to earn your teaching credential in California. You may also be eligible to obtain your teaching credential in other states. Credentialing requirements differ from state to state, and most state licensing boards require a degree, testing and potentially additional post-graduate coursework.

Resources for each state's licensing board can be found below: