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Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential For Teaching at the Elementary School Level

Notre Dame de Namur University has long been recognized for the excellence of our programs in education. Presently NDNU offers four credentials and three master’s degrees within the School of Education and Leadership. Many of our alumni are active teachers and administrators in San Mateo County and throughout the Peninsula. Personalized attention and individualized advising for students, field work and successful placement of credential graduates have characterized the teacher education program since its inception in 1953.

See the NDNU General Catalog for program requirements and course descriptions.

View the 2014-2015 Multiple Subject Handbook.PDF


  • The Multiple Subject Credential authorizes candidates to teach in an elementary school setting.
  • The Multiple Subject Program at NDNU is a post-baccalaureate program, which requires a full fifth year, or 33 semester units, of study.
  • The program at NDNU offers students the opportunity to complete the professional coursework and two student teaching experiences within a calendar year. One semester of student teaching is spent at the primary level and one semester in the intermediate grade level. NDNU students are placed at two of the 30+ public schools districts where we have contracts.
  • NDNU faculty bring with them diverse academic and practical expertise to our credential courses.
  • All School of Education supervisors are selected because of previous experience as teachers and administrators in public and private schools.
  • School districts occasionally offer qualified Multiple Subject candidates the opportunity for a paid internship, in lieu of student teaching. Paid teaching experience at WASC-accredited private schools may be accepted; please contact the program director for further information.
  • The Teacher Education Program allows NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs articulate up to 12 units of specific credential courses toward certain master’s degrees.
  • The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has established credential reciprocity with most states.

Autism Authorization Add-On

Notre Dame de Namur University offers an add-on teaching authorization for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This authorization can be added to an existing special education teaching credential to expand the scope of instruction for current teachers. It can also be added on to any base credential, whether it was obtained at NDNU or somewhere else. Additionally, there may be general education teachers or related service personnel who may choose to enroll in this course sequence to better their understanding of ASD. Request more information.

Admission Requirements

NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters. Please visit Admissions for complete admission requirements.


Graduate Admissions

Dr. Robert Ferrera
Program Director

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