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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 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.

See the NDNU General Catalog for 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.

Admission Requirements

Students may apply to enter the Single 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.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Two letters of recommendation, academic or professional.
  • In-person interview with NDNU Advisor in the Education Department


Grad Admissions

Ashley Carter
Graduate Admissions Counselor

Dr. Juliet Schiller
Program Director

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