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 2017-2018 Multiple Subject Handbook.


  • 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 fall, spring and summer and should meet the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of completion of the Basic Skills Requirement through one of the CTC approved tests to meet this requirement (see CTC website: or proof of having taken or registered for CBEST examination.  NOTE: Basic Skills completion verification is required prior to enrollment in student teaching.
  • Proof of subject matter competency (CSET for Multiple Subject and Education Specialist applicants; CSET or a Subject Matter Competency waiver form from an accredited subject matter preparation program for Single-Subject applicants) or proof of having taken or registered for CSET examination.  NOTE: Subject matter competency verification is required prior to enrollment in student teaching.
  • Verification of 40 hours of pre-acceptance field experience by teaching or volunteer experience completed with appropriate age in a school setting.
  • A Statement of Intent – Describe your interest in the Credential/MA program applying to, relevant experience, connection to our NDNU mission, and qualities you would bring to our program
  • Personal interview with the program director


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