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USC Catalogue 2017-2018 
USC Catalogue 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

USC Rossier School of Education

MAT student studying in the library.





USC Rossier School of Education student Jessica Llamas MAT ‘15, from Lincoln Heights in East Los Angeles, was the first in her family to graduate from college. Photo by Ana Beatriz Cholo.




The USC Rossier School of Education is one of the world’s premier centers for the study of urban education. The school is committed to preparing teachers, researchers, counselors, administrators and curricular specialists for leadership positions. The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. Urban areas often face challenges associated with equity and access, poverty, density, mobility and immigration, environmental degradation and strained social conditions around housing, health care and crime. Urban education takes place in many contexts including pre-kindergarten through high school, human services, higher education and workplace settings.

We seek to transform urban education by:

  • Leading the search for innovative, efficacious and just solutions by engaging in collaborative translational research.
  • Preparing and developing educational leaders who are change agents committed to urban education and who possess the competencies needed to address complex educational and social issues.
  • Creating mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure our work is field-based and incorporates a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

Our vision is a world where every student, regardless of personal circumstance, is able to learn and succeed. We believe that USC Rossier, as a top-tier research institution, has the responsibility and the ability to train the education leaders and to develop the innovative practices inclusive of equity and access that will help realize this vision.

The Rossier School of Education is committed to our four academic themes of leadership, diversity, learning and accountability that guide all academic, research and service efforts within our school.

The USC Rossier Commitment

At USC Rossier, we stand by our students and graduates. From our classrooms to your career, our commitment to your success is unwavering. We prepare our graduates to be change agents, and equip them with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to assess challenges and implement creative solutions. If at any point in your career you’re faced with an issue in which you could benefit from the professional guidance of our expert faculty, we encourage you to take advantage of the USC Rossier Commitment. A dedicated team of faculty members will work with you to identify the issue and develop a strategic plan of action to facilitate your success.

USC Rossier School of Education
Waite Phillips Hall 301
(213) 740-0224


Karen Symms Gallagher, PhD, Dean, holder of the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education

Jerome Lucido, PhD, Associate Dean for Strategic Enrollment Services

Lawrence O. Picus, PhD, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Gale Sinatra, PhD, Associate Dean for Research

Kathy Stowe, EdD, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Carla Wohl, Associate Dean for External Relations

Teri Adams, Assistant Dean of Administration and Finance

Kate O’Connor, Assistant Dean for Professional Development



Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education: Karen Symms Gallagher, PhD

Clifford H. and Betty C. Allen Professorship in Urban Education: Shaun R. Harper, PhD

Irving R. and Virginia Archer Melbo Chair in Educational Administration: Rudy Castruita, EdD

Katzman/Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation: Alan Arkatov

Leslie Wilbur and Norma Lash Wilbur-Evelyn Kieffer Professor of Higher Education, University Professor: William G. Tierney, PhD

Professors: Ron Avi Astor, PhD (Dworak-Peck); Estela Mara Bensimon, EdD; Karen Symms Gallagher, PhD; Shaun R. Harper, PhD; Henry Jenkins, PhD (Annenberg); Adrianna Kezar, PhD; Franklin Manis, PhD (Dornsife); Harold F. O’Neil Jr., PhD; Daphna Oyserman, PhD (Dornsife); Gary Painter, PhD (Price); Lawrence O. Picus, PhD; Gale Sinatra, PhD; John B. Slaughter, PhD (Engineering)

Associate Professors: Patricia Burch, PhD; Darnell Cole, PhD; Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD; Julie Ann Marsh, PhD; Tatiana Melguizo, PhD; Erika A. Patall, PhD; Morgan Polikoff, PhD; David Schwartz, PhD (Dornsife); Katharine O. Strunk, PhD; Brendesha Tynes, PhD

Assistant Professors: Julie Posselt, PhD; David Quinn, EdD

Professors of Clinical Education: Mary Andres, PsyD; Rudy Castruita, EdD; Ruth Chung, PhD; Ginger Clark, PhD; Michael Escalante, EdD; Robert Filback, PhD; Raymond John Gallagher, PhD; Pedro Garcia, EdD; Kimberly Hirabayashi, PhD; Sandra N. Kaplan, EdD; Anthony B. Maddox, PhD; Azad Madni, PhD (Viterbi); Tracy Poon Tambascia, EdD; Eugenia Mora-Flores, EdD; Maria Ott, EdD; Margo Pensavalle, EdD; Mark Power Robison, PhD; Darlene Robles, PhD; Julietta Shakhbagova, PhD; Julie Slayton, JD, PhD; Kathy Stowe, EdD; Melora Sundt, PhD; Kristan Venegas, PhD; Adlai Wertman, MBA (Marshall); Kenneth Yates, EdD

Associate Professors of Clinical Education: Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD; Paula Carbone, PhD; Jenifer Crawford, PhD; Frederick W. Freking, PhD; Alan G. Green, PhD; Angela Hasan, PhD; Emmy Min, PhD; John Pascarella, PhD; Helena Seli, PhD; Patricia Tobey, PhD

Assistant Professors of Clinical Education: Lynne Goldfarb, PhD; Briana Hinga, PhD; Jaimie Hoffman, EdD; Cathy Krop, PhD; Artineh Samkian, EdD

Associate (Teaching) Professors of Clinical Education: Kimberly Ferrario, PhD; Corinne Hyde, EdD

Assistant (Teaching) Professors of Clinical Education: Monique Datta, EdD; Ekaterina Moore, PhD

Professor of Research: Jerome Lucido, PhD

Associate Research Professors:  Zoë Corwin, PhD; Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux, PhD

Research Assistant Professor: Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, PhD

Senior Lecturer: Kate O’Connor

Senior Fellow: Douglas Lynch, PhD

Emeritus Professors: Earl Carnes, PhD; Richard Clark, EdD; Myron H. Dembo, PhD; Mike Diamond, PhD (Marshall); Robert Ferris, EdD; Mabel E. Hayes, PhD; Edward J. Kazlauskas, PhD; Frederick Knirk, EdD; Steven Krashen, PhD; Johanna K. Lemlech, EdD; James Magary, PhD; Merle Marks, EdD; William G. Millington, EdD; William F. O’Neill, PhD; Donald E. Polkinghorne, PhD; William M. Rideout, Jr., PhD; Robert Rueda, PhD; Audrey J. Schwartz, EdD; Robert A. Smith, PhD; Eddie Williams, EdD; Kathleen Wulf, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Education: Stuart E. Gothold, EdD; Dennis Hocevar, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology: Rodney K. Goodyear, PhD

Stoops Dean and Cooper Chair Emeritus: Guilbert C. Hentschke, PhD

Emeritus Associate Professor of Clinical Education: William Maxwell, PhD

Research Professor Emeritus of Education: Allen Munro, PhD

Minor and Degree Programs

The Rossier School of Education offers the following degree programs: Master of Arts, Teaching; Master of Arts, Teaching: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Master of Education, Teacher Leadership; Master of Education, Educational Counseling; Master of Education, Learning Design and Technology; Master of Education, Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs; Master of Education, School Counseling; Master of Education, School Leadership; Master of Marriage and Family Therapy; Doctor of Education/Master of Business Administration (EdD/MBA); Doctor of Education (EdD); Organizational Change and Leadership (EdD); Global Executive (EdD); and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy.

The Rossier School of Education also offers minors in Education and Society, The Dynamics of Early Childhood, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Graduate Degrees


Applicants for admission to graduate degree programs must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Admission to graduate programs in the Rossier School of Education is highly selective and competitive. A grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) is usually expected as well as satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test for select programs as well as letters of recommendation. Specific prior degree, testing, and recommendation requirements vary by program. For specific information on admission and application procedures, contact the Office of Admissions and Scholarship, (213) 740-0224 or

For more details on how to apply, please visit:

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) or better to stay in good academic standing. Consistent with USC’s overall policies for graduate students, factors other than satisfactory grades may also be taken into consideration in decisions regarding a student’s continuation in a graduate degree program. These factors include satisfactory performance in fieldwork or credentialing requirements, or meeting program-defined professional standards, which are communicated to students at the beginning of the program.

Students who do not earn or maintain a 3.0 (A = 4.0) grade point average in an academic term will be given an academic warning in the following term. Students may also be given an academic warning if they have not fulfilled non-GPA related requirements, as defined by their degree program. The academic warning provides notification that the student is subject to dismissal. A student who is not in good academic standing is subject to dismissal, and may be dismissed from a program whenever, in the judgment of the associate dean for academic programs and the program director of the program in question, it is unlikely that the student will successfully complete his or her program.

Time Limit for Degree Completion

The time limit for completing a master’s degree is five years. The time limit for completing a doctoral degree is eight years. For students who earned an applicable master’s degree within five years prior to admission to the doctorate, the time limit for completion is six years.

The time limit begins with the first course at USC applied toward a specified degree and ends the semester during which all requirements are met.

A primary consideration of the setting of time limits is the currency of the course work and research with respect to the date the degree is to be conferred. Equally important is the concern that the faculty members serving as advisers or committee members be available to the student for the duration of graduate studies at USC.

Occasionally a student finds it impossible to comply with prescribed time limits for completion of a degree. If a significant delay is likely to occur, the student must make arrangements in advance by petitioning for an extension of time. Such petitions will be considered when there is clear justification based on sound academic or critical personal reasons. An academic department may grant an extension of up to one year at a time for a maximum of two years.

Doctoral Degrees

The Rossier School of Education offers the Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy (PhD) and the Doctor of Education (EdD). Both doctoral programs place strong emphasis on the acquisition of inquiry skills and on the collaborative and interdisciplinary study of issues mutually engaging to both students and the Rossier School of Education faculty members. Both degrees emphasize the acquisition of appropriate research and inquiry skills, but the application of these skills is expected to differ. The EdD student is trained to use inquiry skills to solve contemporary problems, while the PhD student is trained to contribute to the general and theoretical knowledge about educational issues. The EdD is administered by the Rossier School of Education; the PhD is administered by the Graduate School.

PhD students must also consult The Graduate School  section of this catalogue for regulations and requirements pertaining to the degree.

Credential Programs

A credential is a license issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to persons wishing to legally teach or perform certain other professional services in California’s public schools. USC is one of several institutions authorized to recommend qualified persons to the CCTC for receipt of credentials.

There are two categories of credentials offered in the Rossier School: teaching and service. Requirements for these credentials may be obtained by calling the appropriate phone number listed below. Credential requirements may change due to state law. Students are advised to consult periodically with the Rossier School of Education for current credential requirements.

Teaching Credentials

California has a two-tier credential structure. A five-year Preliminary Credential is the first credential issued after an individual meets basic credential requirements. Upon successful completion of the MAT program candidates are recommended for a Preliminary Credential. Internships and Induction programs that lead to Clear Credentials are currently satisfied under the purview of your district of employment.  All Preliminary Credentials from the MAT include the English Language Learner Authorization (previously known as a CLAD certificate) and authorization of specialized use of technology in educational settings as mandated by the State of California.

Multiple Subject Teaching (MST) authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom such as the classrooms in most elementary schools. A teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, grades K–12 or many subjects within a self-contained classroom). This classroom situation is generally found in preschool and elementary grades or in classes organized primarily for adults. In addition, the holder of a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential may serve in a core or team teaching setting.

Single Subject Teaching (SST) authorizes the holder to teach a specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools academic area. This classroom situation is generally found in middle and senior high schools. A teacher authorized for single subject instruction may be assigned to teach any subject on his or her authorized fields at any grade level: preschool, grades K–12 or in classes organized primarily for adults.

Education Specialist Credential (ES) authorizes the holder to conduct Educational Assessments related to student’s access to the academic core curriculum and progress toward meeting instructional academic goals, provide instruction and Special Education Support to individuals in the area of specialization listed on the credential. Currently the ES curriculum in the MAT program prepares candidates to work with students who have Mild/Moderate Disabilities (M/M). This preliminary ES credential will also authorize candidates to provide instructional services to students with autism within the M/M specialty area setting.

All Preliminary Credential teacher candidates must meet the following requirements in order to be recommended/endorsed for a teaching credential: Basic Skills Competency, Content Subject Matter Competency, successful completion of all MAT course work (including Healthy Environments Assessment), evidence of successful completion and passing of the TPA (Teaching Performance Assessment), U.S. Constitution requirement, and verification of training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that covers infant, child and adult CPR skills.

Teacher certification rules and requirements vary greatly by state. Completion of a CCTC-approved program does not guarantee certification or licensure in another state. Prospective teacher candidates are strongly advised to learn about their state’s requirements. The USC Credential Office will provide support and program verification information as appropriate and necessary during the direct licensure application process to states outside of California. See

For inquiries, contact the MAT@USC office at (213) 743-2127.

Services Credentials

The Administrative Services Credential authorizes the holder to provide a variety of services in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults. USC recommends candidates for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. This credential is offered through the School Leadership Academy. For more information please contact

The Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential: Candidates in the Master’s Degree in Social Work program have the option to earn a Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential, which authorizes the holder to provide both of the following services:

  • School Child Welfare and Attendance in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in programs organized primarily for adults: access appropriate services from both public and private providers, including law enforcement and social services; provide staff development to school personnel regarding state and federal laws pertaining to due process and child welfare and attendance laws; address school policies and procedures that inhibit academic success; implement strategies to improve student attendance; participate in school-wide reform efforts; and promote understanding and appreciation of those factors that affect the attendance of culturally diverse student populations.
  • School Social Work in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in programs organized primarily for adults: assess home, school, personal and community factors that may affect a student’s learning; identify and provide intervention strategies for children and their families, including counseling, case management, and crisis intervention; consult with teachers, administrators and other school staff regarding social and emotional needs of students; and coordinate family, school and community resources on behalf of students.

For inquiries, contact the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at 1.877.700.4MSW (1.877.700.4679)

Special Programs

Professional Development

The Office for Professional Development offers a variety of credential, non-degree and certificate programs for aspiring and current professional educators and administrators in both fully customized and open enrollment programs.  

Areas of expertise include English Language Development; Literacy; Differentiated Curriculum; Gifted Education; School Site Leadership Development; School District Leadership; and School Business Management. 

Certificate programs are offered in online, face-to-face, and blended formats and include: 
•    Reading and Literacy Added Authorization Program 
•    Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted and High-Ability Learners Program 
•    Differentiating the Common Core Standards Program 
•    School Business Management Certificate Program 
•    Equity Educators Certificate 
•    Urban Superintendents Academy
•    School Leadership Academy: Preliminary Administrative Credential.

Professional Development also offers the annual in-person:
•    Summer Gifted Institute and Teacher Demonstration School 
•    Secondary Writing Instruction Institute, a K-12 Writing Institute 
•    Writing Institute: Educators enhance your own style and approaches.  

New programs launching include Early Childhood Education, Individualized Learning Experiences for Educators.

The office also offers national programs customized specifically for districts, including personalized coaching, classroom demonstration lessons, curriculum instruction and consultation responding to standards (Common Core, NGSS, ELD, VAPA) and International Teacher Training Institutes customized for student teachers, faculty, administrators and scholars seeking immersion in an American Education environment. Many Professional Development Courses offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for successful completion.

For further information, contact the Office for Professional Development at (213) 740-8536. You can also visit




Master’s Degree

Graduate Certificate

Dual Degree

Doctoral Degree