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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. In 1999, the Department received the Smithsonian Award for innovation in technology.

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. An intern option in the NDNU program was approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in 1991. NDNU and the individual student may arrange a paid internship on an as-needed basis in coordination with the candidate’s school district.

See the NDNU General Catalog for course descriptions.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply to enter the MA in School Administration and Preliminary Administrative Services Credential programs in the fall, spring, or summer semesters and should meet the following requirements:

  • Completed NDNU application for admission
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional.
  • A resume
  • 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.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Preliminary teaching credential and a minimum of one year classroom teaching experience.
  • 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. 


Grad Admissions

Ashley Carter
Graduate Admissions Counselor

Susan Charles, Ed.D
Program Director

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