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. Currently, NDNU offers four credentials and three master’s degrees within the School of Education and Psychology. We have a proven reputation of our alumni becoming successful teachers and administrators in San Mateo County and the San Francisco Bay Area. 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.

NDNU’s Single Subject Credential Program Overview

  • 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 candidates at the Tracy campus the opportunity to complete the professional coursework and two semesters of student teaching experiences spread over five semesters, including a summer semester.  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’s Single Subject credential program students are placed in public school districts with diverse student populations where NDNU has placement contracts.
  • NDNU faculty bring with them diverse academic and practical expertise to our credential courses.
  • All 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. Please contact the program credential analyst for further information.

See the NDNU General Catalog for full course descriptions.

Single Subject Credential Program Requirements

In addition to successfully completing the coursework and student teaching listed previously, candidates for the Single Subject Credential Program must:

  1. Show verification of 40 hours of pre-acceptance field experience by completing NDNU’s course, EDU2006, or by teaching or volunteer experience completed with appropriate age in a school, youth activity or youth camp setting.
  2. Pass the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  3. Pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers Test (CSET) or provide verification of meeting the subject matter competency requirement through course work in a CTC approved subject matter content program.
  4. Verification of fingerprinting clearance on file with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (also called a “Certificate of Clearance”).
  5. Copy of negative TB test result from within two years.
  6. Successfully complete student teaching and required courses.
  7. Pass the Teaching Performance Assessment
  8. Verification of meeting the U.S. Constitution requirement by exam, coursework, or CSU degree.
  9. CPR training in infant, child, and adult.

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:

  • 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
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better

Tracy Promise Scholarship Program

The Tracy Promise provides much needed scholarships to help NDNU students finish their undergraduate degree, complete an MBA or earn a teachers credential. Apply now.

NDNU’s School of Education and Psychology

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, NDNU is a multifaceted university offering bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees and certificates. The School of Education and Psychology offers a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies in addition to education credentials and master’s degrees. The credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The programs were reaccredited in 2010.


Caryl Hodges, Dean
(650) 508-3493


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