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USC Rossier School of Education is ranked in the top 25 of all U.S. schools of education and offers a range of master’s degree programs delivered online. Whether you are an experienced teacher or are just starting out in the field, USC Rossier programs can prepare you to create positive learning outcomes for diverse student groups in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more about earning a USC Rossier degree online by  requesting information.

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Why study with the USC Rossier School of Education?

The USC Rossier School of Education offers master’s programs that prepare current and aspiring educators. With the same highly selective admissions criteria as the on-campus programs, USC’s degree programs are designed to help educators meet their career goals, whether they are seeking to become a teacher or looking to advance in their current role.

The partnership between USC and Teach Away ties world-class teacher training with access to international job opportunities. Degree candidates at the USC Rossier School of Education receive top-quality instruction as well as free post-graduate job placement services from Teach Away.

USC Rossier Master’s Degree Programs

Candidates can apply to one of USC Rossier’s master’s degree programs:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Prepares English language teaching specialists to work in educational settings at home and abroad.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: Prepares aspiring K-12 teachers to address the learning needs of students in today's classrooms.
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership: Prepares current and emerging leaders to drive systemic change in their organization.

Students also have the opportunity to add a credential in Special Education or a certificate in Gifted Education.

By applying for a Master’s degree from one of the top-ranked schools of education in the United States, teachers can prepare for a new career, broaden their professional opportunities, or become qualified to lead a growing field overseas.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Aspiring teachers will gain the knowledge and practical experience necessary to begin or continue a career in classroom teaching. The USC Rossier School of Education trains teachers in both theory and practice, combining coursework with teaching experience. Students in the USC Rossier Master’s in Teaching choose an area of specialization:

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

The coursework focuses on theory and teaching strategy, which degree candidates will put into practice during required fieldwork teaching in classrooms in their communities.

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Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL

A Master of Arts in Teaching–TESOL qualifies educators to work in a field estimated to reach one-third of the world’s inhabitants. TESOL master’s programs provide teachers with the detailed knowledge required to instruct students in the structure and mechanics of English while dealing with limitations stemming from the interference of the student’s first language. Teachers in the degree program develop techniques to work with students with little to no knowledge of English.

Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership program is designed for current and emerging leaders who are looking to drive systemic change in their organization. Through a blend of live, online classes and real-world experiences, the program offers an intensive curriculum that focuses on problem solving, leadership, disposition and reflection. Working in both formal and informal settings, students learn by forming strategies that facilitate innovative learning and by building systems that produce stronger, more successful organizations
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Admissions Requirements

USC Rossier online programs hold the same high admissions standards as our on-campus programs. To be eligible, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants whose prior study was outside the United States must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree (four years).

Applicants whose native language is not English, and who do not have a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, will be required to submit a valid score from the TOEFL Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT).

Technical Specification

  • Computer: You’ll need a desktop or laptop computer to access the 2SC platform and attend live class sessions. 
  • Internet Access: You must have a high-speed Internet connection to attend live sessions. 
  • Phone Line: During your classes, you will access audio through a toll-free conference line. You’ll need a phone to connect to the conference 
    line each time you attend class. If you don’t have a phone, you should explore other soft-phone options that dial through the Internet. 
  • Webcam: Any basic webcam should suffice.


Teachers with a master's specialization in TESOL qualify for jobs worldwide, including classroom teaching jobs, curriculum development positions, coordinator positions, and administrators. For educators who choose to return home after working abroad, the master’s degree in TESOL provides teachers with a wider range of career options upon their return.

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