Notre Dame de Namur University Launches Integrated Liberal Studies Program with MA and Teaching Credential in Five Years

Students begin teaching after four years, can complete graduate degree in fifth year

For Immediate Release (7/7/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) announced that beginning in fall 2017, students will be able to complete the coursework for an elementary school teaching credential, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s, all in five years.

Liberal Studies students and faculty at NASA MUREP Institute at Ames Research Center
Students, faculty, and alums from NDNU’s Liberal Studies program attend a NASA institute on science teaching

“The updated Integrated Liberal Studies program will provide the shortest possible pathway for students who are eager to teach in elementary school classrooms,” said Caryl Hodges, dean of NDNU’s School of Education and Psychology. “The curriculum allows students to complete the courses for their preliminary multiple subject credential and a bachelor’s degree in four years. They can then begin teaching and earning a salary and have the option of earning a master’s degree in their fifth year with only 15 additional credits.”

California is facing a growing teacher shortage, making the Integrated Liberal Studies program at NDNU a timely addition to teacher education programs in the state. Because large numbers of teachers are retiring, California needs 20,000 new teachers a year, while current teacher education programs in the state only graduate 11,500 per year.

“We’re hoping to do our part to make up for the shortfall in California teachers with the updated Integrated Liberal Studies program, and with other teacher education initiatives at both our Belmont and Tracy campuses,” said Dean Hodges. For more information on NDNU’s Integrated Liberal Studies program, please visit


Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate, and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


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