MAT online Course Descriptions

Our MAT online curriculum meets the Credential Program Standards and Teacher Performance Expectations set by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). This program will equip you with relevant learning theories, understanding of how to apply these theories in the classroom and opportunities to master the skills necessary to improve student outcomes.

The MAT online requires a minimum of 28 units and can be completed in as few as 11-15 months.

Enhance Your MAT

Take your MAT online education further with a USC Gifted Certificate program add-on.

Course Descriptions

The following is an example of a full-time course schedule. Your schedule may vary depending on start date and program add-ons. Contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about what your program schedule could look like.


Term 1

EDUC 670: Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools (4 units)
A general introduction to curriculum and instruction (pedagogy) affecting teaching and learning across disciplines, grade levels and different social contexts of schooling.

EDUC 671: Contexts for Educational Equity, Access and Agency (3 units)
Examine how environmental, pedagogical and curricular choices can be cultivated with greater knowledge of culture, gender, orientation, race, learning differences and language.

EDUC 672: Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum (3 units)
Identify connections between language, literacy and learning in school, across all content areas.

Term 2

EDUC 673: Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part A (4 units)
Apply content-area knowledge utilizing a repertoire of pedagogical practices responsive to the needs and interests of diverse learners.

EDUC 674: Identifying and Teaching to Student Differences (3 units)
Examine learner behavior, ability and language to access strategies to differentiate, scaffold and assess learning.

Elementary multiple-subject candidates take:
EDUC 675: Literacy Development and Instruction in Elementary Education (3 units)
Apply a balanced, integrated and interactive perspective to teaching reading/language arts in K–8 classrooms.

Secondary single-subject candidates take:
EDUC 676: Literacy Development and Instruction in Secondary Education (3 units)
Integrate literacy instruction within your content area by creating authentic opportunities for learners to develop literacy skills.

Year 2

Term 1

EDUC 677: Applications of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Part B (4 units)
Prepare to apply curricular principles to lesson development and determine how content should be delivered to maximize learning.

EDUC 678: Applying Knowledge and Strategies for Teaching All Students (2 units)
Apply knowledge and strategies to differentiate instruction for all students.

EDUC 679: Blended Learning Experiences for Students in Urban Schools (2 units)
Design, implement and evaluate technology-rich learning environments to customize and individualize learning opportunities and assessments for K–12 students.

Optional Program Add-Ons

USC Gifted Certificate Courses

EDUC 686: Responding to Gifted Students (4 units)
Uncover beliefs and misconceptions related to recognizing and responding to diverse gifted students and develop teaching strategies for high ability students.