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School of Education and Leadership

Caryl Hodges, Ed.D

(650) 508-3613


For over 50 years, Notre Dame de Namur University has maintained a reputation for excellence in teacher education. The objective of the School of Education and Leadership is to prepare competent teachers, specialists, administrators, and community leaders through professional programs that reflect current trends. Personalized attention and individualized counseling for students, field orientation of programs, and successful placement of credential graduates have characterized the program since its inception in 1953. All credential programs were reaccredited in 2010.


The School of Education and Leadership offers students the possibility of enrolling concurrently in some master’s and credential programs. The School has several integrated programs designed to support each student as he or she prepares to be a professional educator or a community leader. Integrated programs articulate some degree of coursework between the credential and the graduate degree, significantly reducing the time and financial resources required to earn a degree.


Education courses are taught by faculty representing diverse academic and practical expertise. Courses are available during both Summer sessions as well as the Fall and Spring semesters. Courses are offered late in the afternoons/evening and on weekends in order to accommodate work commitments.

Admission Information

Students may apply to enter programs in the Department of Education for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:

1. A bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited institution
2. Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. Personal interview with the program director

Admission requirements vary by program. Certain graduate programs may require an initial interview and/or test scores. See the relevant Catalog sections or printed Program Brochures for program-specific requirements. For details on admission processes, see Graduate Admission.

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