University of Southern California

15 months
43187 USD/year
43187 USD/year
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If you’re ready to change lives as a K-12 teacher, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offered by University of Southern California is designed to prepare you—and your students—for success. 

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The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree at University of Southern California prepares students to pursue careers as teachers. Credential tracks are offered at the Elementary (Multiple Subject) and Secondary (Social Studies, Science, English, and Math) levels. The Special Education Credential, Gifted Certificate, and Bilingual Authorization for Spanish Certificate may be obtained through optional additional coursework. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Curriculum and Pedagogy in Urban Schools
  • Contexts for Educational Equity, Access, and Agency
  • Integrated Language Development Across the Curriculum
  • Identifying and Teaching to Student Differences
  • Literacy Development and Instruction in Elementary Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


28 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application
  • Scanned copies of university-issued official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether credit or a degree was earned)
  • Résumé/CV
  • Essay and two short answer responses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Submit prerequisite coursework
  • Satisfy competency requirements for your desired credential (CBEST, CSET, etc.)
  • $90 non-refundable application fee (on-campus)
  • Competency requirements (CBEST/CSET)
  • International applicants only: TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43187 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53984 USD for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    43187 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 53984 USD for the full programme and a duration of 15 months.


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