Master of Arts in Teaching online

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

The Master of Arts in Teaching online 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 or near students’ own communities. This unique blend of theory and practice prepares teachers to create environments that promote learning for all students.

Students choose from two MAT concentrations:

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Prepare for your Teaching Credential

Candidates in this program have the opportunity to prepare and be recommended for a teaching credential.

Students choose a concentration based on the career path they’d like to pursue:

Become a Primary School Teacher

Multiple Subject Teaching Concentration

The Multiple Subject Teaching Concentration allows students to prepare for a multiple subject teaching credential and go on to teach a range of primary school subjects to students in grades K–6.

Become a Middle or High School Teacher

Single Subject Teaching Concentration 

The Single Subject Teaching (Secondary) Concentration allows students to prepare for a single subject teaching credential and go on to teach secondary education subjects to students in middle and high schools. Students choose between four concentrations: English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science.

Program Add-Ons

In addition to picking a single- or multi-subject concentration, students may also earn a special education teacher credential, a Gifted Education Certificate or Spanish Bilingual Authorization by completing additional units of coursework. Learn more about our MAT online.

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Career Outcomes

The USC Rossier MAT online program prepares students 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:

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MAT online Curriculum

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.

Below is a sample full-time course schedule, not including fieldwork.

YEAR 1 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

YEAR 2 

Fall Semester 

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 success team, who will provide support and direction to identify the most direct and efficient path to local certification:

All students are required to satisfy the California-based program requirements of the MAT online program by successfully passing the EdTPA during the student teaching course, regardless of the state you wish to pursue credentialing in.

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students 

Our dedicated Student Success 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 a 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.

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Student Experience

We’re serious about teaching teachers. Our MAT online program is rigorous, hands-on and collaborative. Students form meaningful relationships with classmates and a worldwide community of educators — 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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