USC Brings Its Own Brand to Online Offering for Teacher Prep
Of new entrants to the online teacher-preparation market, among the most visible is the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education . Since 2009, more than 3,600 prospective teachers have enrolled.
To an extent, its success is the product of a series of fortuitous events. One was the arrival, in 2000, of Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher, who wanted to move USC's small, somewhat marginalized undergraduate teacher education program to the graduate level and expand it. USC's stated mission for teacher preparation is to improve urban education nationally and globally, and at just 50 teachers a year, "we were clearly not even meeting local needs," Ms. Gallagher said.
Then, she was introduced to John Katzman, the founder of a technology company that came to be known as 2U . He pressed her to consider an online iteration of the newly formed Masters of...
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