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Preliminary Single Subject Credential For Teaching at the Middle or High 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 counseling for students, field orientation of programs, 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.


  • The Single Subject Credential authorizes candidates to teach in departmental subject areas, usually in a middle school or high school setting.
  • The Single Subject Program at NDNU is a post-baccalaureate program, which requires a full fifth year, or 31 semester units, of study.
  • The concurrent program at NDNU offers students the opportunity to complete the professional coursework and two semesters of student teaching experiences within a calendar year. Typically one semester of student teaching is spent at the junior high/middle school level and one semester in a high school setting within the academic area of the credential. NDNU students are placed in public school districts where we have contracts.
  • Faculty teaching in the credential program represents diverse academic and practical expertise.
  • All Department of Teacher Education supervisors are selected because of previous experience as teachers and administrators in public and private schools.
  • School districts occasionally offer qualified Single 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 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. Juliet Schiller
Program Director

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