Master of Arts in Teaching online

The USC Rossier School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching online (MAT online) degree program is designed for aspiring K–12 teachers who want to improve student outcomes in their communities.

This program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.

MAT online Overview

28 Units

With the option to add
additional competencies

2 Paths

Full-time or part-time
paths available1

1–3 Years

You can earn your MAT in
as few as 12 months.

In the MAT online program at USC, you will:

  • Earn a teaching degree from a top-ranked education school2
  • 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

Teacher Credentialing

Earning an MAT degree from USC Rossier prepares you to earn your teaching credential in California.3

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.


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. Learn more about fieldwork.


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.

Make a Difference in Students’ Lives


Choose your concentration based on the career path you’d like to pursue:

Two Program Paths

Become a Primary School Teacher

Multiple-Subject Teaching Concentration

The Multiple-Subject Teaching Concentration allows you to prepare for your multiple-subject teaching credential so you can teach a range of primary school subjects to students in grades K–7.

Become a Middle or High School Teacher

Single-Subject Teaching Concentration

The Single-Subject Teaching (Secondary) Concentration allows you to prepare for your single-subject teaching credential and teach secondary education subjects to students in middle and high schools.


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

Customize Your MAT

In addition to picking a single- or multi-subject concentration, you may also earn a Special Education Credential, a Gifted Certificate or a Bilingual Authorization for Spanish by completing additional units of coursework and/or exams.

Take the Next Step Toward Becoming a Teacher


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:

Explore what you can do with a Master of Arts in Teaching and how USC Rossier can support your goals.

Student Experience

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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1 Full-time students can take 8–10 units per term. Part-time students can take 4–5 units per term. Return to footnote reference
3 The MAT online degree is an academic credential and does not in itself constitute a teaching license. Graduates of the MAT online program are eligible to take the California teacher licensing examination and will receive a California Level I Preliminary Credential upon passing the examination. Regardless of the state in which students are seeking their credential, students are required to satisfy the California-based program requirements of the USC MAT online program by successfully passing the EdTPA during the student teaching course. Return to footnote reference