Master of Arts in Teaching

USC Rossier School of Education

Become a teacher who makes an impact in high-needs classrooms.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is geared toward aspiring K-12 teachers looking to develop the skills and confidence needed to be transformative teachers. The program combines state-of-the-art online learning with carefully selected teaching experiences in students’ own communities. This unique blend of theory and practice prepares teachers to create environments that promote learning for all students. Candidates in this program have the opportunity to prepare and be recommended for a teaching credential.

Students choose from five MAT concentrations:

• Multiple Subject Teaching (Elementary)
• Secondary English
• Secondary Mathematics
• Secondary Science
• Secondary Social Science

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Career Options

K-12 teachers; primary school multiple subject teachers; secondary school single subject teachers in English, Mathematics, Science or Social Science


Coursework is divided into four broad categories that provide students with theoretical foundations, teaching strategies and the practical experiences necessary to make a difference in schools across the country.

Category Purpose
Foundations Provide in-depth knowledge in sociological and psychological theories and their application in the classroom. Foundations classes also introduce students to the latest strategies for infusing technology into instruction.
Teaching Methods Lay the foundation for teaching linguistically and ethnically diverse students in urban schools. Courses introduce students to planning, implementing, and assessing instruction across all content areas.
Language and Literacy Ground students in the theories of language and literacy for both primary and second language learners and the application of these concepts across all content areas. Language and literacy issues are at the forefront of educational reform efforts nationally and globally.
Field Experience and Capstone Portfolio Field experiences are an integral part of most MAT courses. From the beginning of the program, students are placed in local classrooms to observe and practice the applications of theories and instructional methods from mentor teachers. To demonstrate the knowledge and skills developed throughout the program, students will complete a comprehensive summative portfolio.

Sample Student Course Schedule:

Multiple Subject (Elementary) Track





Teaching Credential

Graduates in this program are eligible to be recommended for a California teaching credential. Students seeking to earn a credential or certification to teach in another state can work with our student services team, who will provide support and direction to identify the most direct and efficient path to local certification:

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

Our dedicated Student Services Team will help you get acclimated to our online Learning Management System, 2SC, no matter your level of technological expertise. Your Academic Advisor will offer personal assistance in course selection, as well as helpful tutoring in key subject areas and courses. Our experienced Placement Team will find a school (if you are not currently teaching) that is not only close to where you live, but that will also offer you the best opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students you teach. If you are an MAT candidate, you can be recommended for a California teaching credential. For our students who hope to teach in a state other than California, our team will provide support and direction to help you identify the most direct and efficient path to local certification in your state. Click here to learn more about USC Rossier Student Support.

Student Services for Enrolled Students

You will have access to a number of web-based seminars from USC career services. Our career services team will be available to assist you with everything from résumé and cover letter support, to placement assistance after graduation, networking events, job listings and career advice. 2SC allows you to stay in touch with classmates and professors, access previous coursework for the rest of your life and maintain your own evolving portfolio online. You’ll enjoy the lifelong benefits of being a member of the Trojan Family. Click here to learn more about USC Rossier Student Support.

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