1–3 Years You can earn your MAT in as few as 12 months.
In the MAT online program at USC, you will:
Attend weekly live online classes, complemented by dynamic self-paced coursework
Hone your teaching skills through field experiences in or near your community
Prepare to earn your teaching credential online wherever you live
The MAT online program offers the same academically rigorous curriculum as our on-campus program. The curriculum equips students with the foundational knowledge, hands-on field experience and teaching strategies to effectively improve student outcomes and build positive classroom environments. The curriculum also includes preparation for the English Learner Authorization.
Develop foundational knowledge about core theories, concepts and critical issues in the field.
Apply theory through practice teaching, observations and action research in classrooms.
Master instructional strategies in collaboration with guiding teachers, faculty and peers.
California Preliminary Teacher Credentialing
Earning an MAT degree from USC Rossier prepares you to earn your preliminary teaching credential in California.2
You may also be eligible to obtain your teaching credential in other states; credential requirements differ from state to state. Make sure to research the requirements in the state in which you reside or intend to practice. Learn more about credentialing requirements by state.
Preliminary California Education Specialist Credential
The Preliminary California Education Specialist Credential in the USC Rossier MAT online program prepares you to work specifically with students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Preliminary California Education Specialist credential holders are certified to provide regular classroom instruction at either the elementary or secondary level. This credential also includes preparation for the Additional Autism Authorization. While there are no additional units required to add the Preliminary California Education Specialist credential to your MAT program of study, you must complete additional exams and fieldwork.
California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish
The California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish prepares students to teach language learners whose primary language is Spanish. With this authorization, you’ll have the option to teach in either bilingual settings or in English dominant settings with Spanish language learners. Students pursuing this authorization must be fluent in Spanish. While there are no additional units required to add the California Bilingual Authorization in Spanish to your MAT program of study, you must complete additional exams and fieldwork.
USC Gifted Education Certificate
The USC Gifted Education Certificate prepares educators with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to recognize and respond to individual differences among gifted and talented students and to address the varying needs, interests and abilities of all students. This certificate requires 4 units of additional coursework.
English Learner Authorization
The English Learner Authorization prepares students to support students’ English language acquisition as well as access to academic content across the curriculum. Coursework requirements for this authorization are fully integrated into the MAT curriculum.
Make a Difference in Students’ Lives
The final deadline for the January 2024 cohort is October 23, 2023.
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Choose your concentration based on the career path you’d like to pursue:
Two Program Tracks
California Preliminary Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
California Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential
Most individuals with a single subject credential teach their credentialed subject in middle or high school classrooms, but you can also teach in other educational settings. Learn more about a California Single Subject teaching credential.3
USC Rossier offers single subject credential preparation for:
Below is a sample full-time course schedule, not including fieldwork.
Fall Semester Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools | 4 units Contexts for Educational Equity, Access and Agency | 3 units Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum | 3 units
Spring Semester Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part A | 4 units Identifying and Teaching to Student Differences | 3 units Literacy Development and Instruction in Elementary Education | 3 units (Elementary Multiple-Subject students) Literacy Development and Instruction in Secondary Education | 3 units (Secondary Single-Subject students)
Fall Semester Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part B | 4 units Applying Knowledge and Strategies for Teaching All Students | 2 units Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools | 2 units
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Student teaching is a powerful part of your USC Rossier experience. You’ll observe and co-teach, plan lessons and work closely with a guiding teacher to hone your skills and build your confidence in the classroom. Our dedicated team of Placement Specialists will work with you to identify a site to complete your fieldwork near where you live. Learn more about fieldwork.
Your Teaching Career Begins Here
The USC Rossier MAT online program will prepare you with the practical skills, experience, understanding and confidence to have a positive impact on students of diverse backgrounds and learning abilities.
Graduates of the MAT online program are prepared to fill a number of roles both inside and outside of the classroom, including:
We’re serious about teaching teachers. Our MAT online program is rigorous, hands-on and collaborative. You’ll form meaningful relationships with classmates and a worldwide community of educators — and you’ll see what it means to be part of the legendary #TrojanFamily. Learn more about what it’s like to learn online.
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2Regardless of the state in which students are seeking their credential, students are required to satisfy all of California’s credential requirements with the exception of applying for the California credential. This includes (but is not limited to) earning a passing score, by California standards, on the Educator Teaching Performance Assessment (EdTPA). Completion of these requirements is necessary for graduation from the Program and for designation as an education preparation program completer.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference