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About University of Southern California Online

The University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education is one of the world's premier centers for graduate study in urban education. Ranked #21 among graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report, USC Rossier is committed to improving learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. For more than a century, the school has been preparing educational leaders to effect positive change and create learning environments in which all students can succeed.

The USC Rossier School of Education offers select graduate degree programs delivered online: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL, Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership. Through a blend of live, online classes and real-world experiences, these programs prepare aspiring teachers, experienced educators and organizational leaders to use innovative techniques in classrooms and educational environments around the world in order to facilitate effective learning.

USC Rossier also offers a Special Education Credential and Gifted Certificate delivered online.


  • Academically rigorous programs designed and delivered by USC Rossier faculty members.
  • Students must meet the same selective admissions standards as students in the on-campus programs.
  • Live, online classes allow students to network with classmates around the world in an intimate, collaborative environment.
  • Students complete fieldwork in their own communities, classrooms, or organizations.
  • Students benefit from dedicated student support from matriculation through graduation, including USC’s global alumni network.


"The MAT has absolutely inspired me to not only get into those classrooms and do the best I can do, but constantly improve the experience and make sure that students are getting what they deserve. It’s extremely challenging, but every bit of it has helped make me a better teacher. "
Jay Garrett, Master of Arts in Teaching Graduate

"The real gem of the MAT-TESOL program is the commitment and passion that our professors and classmates bring to the program. The faculty’s desire for students to reach their full potential and fellow classmates’ professionalism and dedication to their work have brought out the best in me as a graduate student. I am constantly encouraged by professors’ feedback on my work, the high quality work that my classmates produce and the precious camaraderie that has been developed with teammates."
Sherrie Lee, MAT-TESOL Student, Singapore

This program is not able to accept applicants from: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arkansas.


USC Rossier's online master's and doctoral degree programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). These accreditations demonstrate that the programs have provided evidence of their quality.

A recent study from Georgetown University found that, on average, college graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime. (Source: 2017 Study by Georgetown University)
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