Master of Arts in School Administration

Preliminary Administrative Services Credential

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 counseling for students, field orientation of programs and successful placement of credential graduates have characterized the teacher education program since its inception in 1953. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has established credential reciprocity with most states.

NDNU’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Master of Arts in School Administration is a 30-unit combined program. Twelve units are taken in leadership, management, finance and human resources. Four courses (including practica) are required in the educational administration field work component. The two additional courses are in curriculum development and assessment.

Approved in June 1985, in compliance with Assembly Bill 976, NDNU’s Preliminary Administrative Services Credential authorizes the candidate to serve as a superintendent, associate or deputy superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor, consultant, coordinator or in an equivalent intermediate-level administrative position. The program was approved again by the CCTC in April 2010.

See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions.
View the 2017-2018 Administrative Services Handbook

Admission Requirements

The MA in School Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program is taught in a cohort model with a cohort beginning each fall semester.   Students 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional.
  • Verification of one of the following valid credentials:
  • a clear or life California teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching or the equivalent, and holds an English learner authorization; or
  • a clear or life California designated subjects teaching credential in adult education, career technical education, vocational education or special subjects, provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree, and holds an English learner authorization; or
  • a clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including field work or the equivalent.
  • Verification of a minimum of three years classroom teaching or service experience.
  • Evidence of completion of CTC basic skills requirement
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.


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. 


Grad Admissions

Ashley Carter
Graduate Admissions Counselor

Susan Charles, Ed.D
Program Director