USC Rossier School of Education

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USC Rossier School of Education
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The University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education is one of the graduate schools of the University of Southern California. Rossier offers six master's degree programs, a Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership (Ed.D.) degree, a Global Executive Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy.[1] Rossier also offers online programs including a master's in teaching English to speakers of other languages, an online Ed.D., an online master's in school counseling, and an online master of arts in teaching.[2][3][4][5] Rossier places an emphasis on the study of urban education locally, nationally and globally;[6] the school also houses the USC Language Academy and the Office of Professional Development.[7]


University of Southern California

When USC was founded in 1880, Los Angeles was transforming from a small town to a progressive city. In eight years, the city's population swelled from 11,000 to 70,000. Before L.A.'s streets were even paved, these new Angelenos had established the University of Southern California in order to train the professionals necessary to serve the emerging metropolis. Among the professionals most in demand were teachers and school administrators. Classes in education at USC began in the 1890s with a Department of Pedagogy; the Department of Education was established in 1909 as part of the College, and the formal School of Education was established in 1918 with Thomas Blanchard Stowell as the founding dean.[8]

During the 1960s, the teaching profession changed substantially. Explosive growth in Southern California led to a rapid expansion of the public school system. There was a sudden shortage of qualified teachers, a rise in the development of teachers' unions, a demand for greater professionalism of school administrators, and the centralization of schools into unified school districts. Rossier responded to these changes by refocusing on the professional training and expertise administrators needed in these new governance structures. Over 100 superintendents in California are USC education alumni.[8]

In 1998, alumni Barbara J. and Roger W. Rossier gave $20 million to the school, which was at the time the largest gift to any school of education in the world. In recognition of their generosity and the importance of their vision for the future of education, the school was renamed in their honor.[7]

In 2009, Dean Karen Symms Gallagher joined up with USC philanthropist and technology innovator John Katzman and his company 2U to create a new online Master of Arts in Teaching degree program, the MAT@USC; the program was a new initiative to prepare thousands of students to be teachers in high-need schools. The program has since expanded its degree offerings to include a Master of Education in Advanced Instruction degree,a Special Education Credential and Gifted Certificate, and a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Change and Leadership; the combined program is known as USC Rossier Online.[9][10]

About the school[edit]

USC Rossier School of Education

Rossier School of Education's mission is to strengthen urban education through research, teaching and service in the areas of leadership, learning, accountability and diversity.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Programs of Study".
  2. ^ "Online Master of Arts in Teaching — TESOL Program | USC Rossier Online". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "Master of Education in School Counseling Online | USC Rossier Online". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  4. ^ "Earn your Teaching Degree (MAT) online | USC Rossier". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  5. ^ "Online EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership | USC Rossier Online". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  6. ^ "The Mission of the USC Rossier School of Education".
  7. ^ a b "About USC Rossier".
  8. ^ a b "Chronicle" (PDF). 1998-10-05. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03.
  9. ^ "USC News". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  10. ^ "Academics Overview". Retrieved 2012-11-08.

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Coordinates: 34°01′19″N 118°17′02″W / 34.021924°N 118.283899°W / 34.021924; -118.283899