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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 Psychology. 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 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.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply to enter the Multiple Subject Credential program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:

  • Completed NDNU application for admission
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, with one transcript showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., or equivalent academic preparation outside of the U.S.
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • In-person interview with NDNU Advisor in the Education Department


Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship

The NDNU Catholic School Teacher’s Scholarship honors the efforts of teachers in Catholic Schools who wish to pursue a higher degree in Education. NDNU students who are currently teachers, coaches, or classroom aides at a Catholic school are eligible for a scholarship that covers 30% of the tuition charged to the student per semester. Scholarship is limited to students who enroll in Credential or Master’s in Education programs at NDNU.

 Endowed Scholarships for Graduate and Credential Students
Most NDNU graduate students fund their studies through a combination of student loans, outside scholarship, employer reimbursement, or individual payment plans, however, there are limited Endowed and Restricted Scholarship Funds available. Learn More. 


Graduate Admissions

Ashley Carter
Graduate Admissions Counselor

Dr. Robert Ferrera
Program Director

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