Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Get the Online Advantage -- USC's Master of Arts in Teaching

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of USC. All opinions are 100% mine.

It is not your environment;
It is not your history;
It is not your education or ability;
It is the quality of your mind
that predicts your future.
~ Benjamin E. Mays~

Public education is the cornerstone of democracy, and quality education is a civil right. Study after study documents how an effective teacher can positively impact students and improve classroom performance.

Good instructors do more than teach content; they "grow" young minds.

Exemplary teachers understand the importance of continuing their education beyond their baccalaureate. Those with degrees in other fields, who aspire to teaching careers, know that a master's in teaching is a good way to get your foot in the door of any school system.

I've been checking out program information on the Master of Arts in Teaching at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. Utilizing technology in professional development is critical in any career field. USC's MAT program is staying a step ahead. The university now offers busy adults the convenience and flexibility of studying online. Students enjoy an innovative combination of highly interactive online learning with field-based experiences in their local areas.

The Rossier School of Education is respected nationwide. It's ranked #22 in the United States, and #9 among all private universities by US News & World Report. Students get the opportunity to learn at an internationally renowned research institution with a 100-year history of educating teachers to be agents of change.

I filled out a form requesting more information about the MAT program. In less than 10 minutes, I received an email message from an admissions counselor. The message included links to the school's website, the counselor's contact information, and an invitation for me to follow up with him. That's what I call a great first impression.

I learned a couple of other things about the program:

  • Through an accelerated program, students can earn a Master's of Arts in Teaching in as little as 12 months.
  • The school offers a tuition reimbursement program that can substantially reduce the cost of earning your degree.

An extra perk is that you get to become part of the elite USC Trojan family. Whether you're an aspiring teacher or someone seeking to enter the field, you can get to the next level via MAT@USC.

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