School of Education and Leadership Notre Dame de Namur University

School of Education and Leadership Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA
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Graduate Degrees in Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving over 2000 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to expanding access, inspiring academic excellence, and fostering social justice and community engagement. The University is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of day and evening undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and teacher credential programs. The historic 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley.

Advance your opportunities and career through Notre Dame de Namur's evening master's and credential program. When you enroll at NDNU, you're joining an impressive network of professionals and an academic community that supports your personal and career growth. Take advantage of personalized staff and faculty advising tailored to your needs. Built-in flexibility allows you to schedule classes around work and personal commitments, with the opportunity to start your program when you want-or pause when you need. Most classes meet just once a week giving you the freedom to take one or more classes each semester.

School of Education and Leadership Graduate Degree Program Overview

Graduate degree programs in the Notre Dame de Namur School of Education and Leadership are recognized for their excellence in teacher education and credentialization, personalized instruction that supports students' specific professional goals, field orientation of programs, and successful placement of graduates. Faculty members are instructors, advisers, and mentors who work closely with students for the duration of their NDNU studies.

The following graduate degrees are offered: Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with concentrations in curriculum and instruction, and disciplinary studies; Master of Arts in Special Education (MA); and Master of Arts in School Administration (MA). Notre Dame de Namur University now offers an add-on teaching authorization for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that can be added to an existing special education teaching credential or on to any base credential.

Master of Arts in Education

The Master of Arts in Education degree program offers students a selection of 2 areas of emphasis on which to focus their studies: "Curriculum and Instruction," and "Disciplinary Studies." Each concentration includes a specific complement of courses.

The "Curriculum and Instruction" concentration builds the capacity of educators to promote social justice in the context of their schools and communities through better teaching practices, curriculum development and assessment, program planning, research, and educational leadership. The program culminates in a master's thesis, allowing each student the opportunity to investigate a particular area of curriculum and instruction in depth.

The "Disciplinary Studies" concentration broadens and deepens the knowledge and skills of secondary-school educators in 1 subject area. A multiple-subject credential holder may also consider pursuing a degree in 1 of these concentration areas if he or she is interested in developing subject-matter knowledge for the elementary classroom, or to prepare for the subject-matter examinations required for the secondary credential.

Master of Arts in Special Education

The Master of Arts in Special Education degree program prepares students to teach in special education environments in public and private schools. The degree builds upon the Education Specialist Credential, enabling students to complete additional coursework and capstone projects to earn Master of Arts degrees in addition to the credentials.

A program plan is coordinated for every student by the program director. Mild/Moderate credential holders are able to teach students in Resource Specialist Program classes (K-12) and students in special day classes for learning disabilities. Moderate/Severe credential holders are able to teach students in grades K-12 whose needs are more severe. Candidates may be hired by school districts to serve as paid interns while earning the credential.

In addition to course work, a capstone project in the form of a practitioner researcher portfolio is required to complete the MA program in Special Education.

Master of Arts in School Administration

The Master of Arts in School Administration degree is offered in conjunction with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. It prepares students to serve as administrators (in roles such as superintendent, deputy superintendent, associate superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor, consultant, coordinator, or an equivalent intermediate-level administrative position) in public and private schools and districts.

The program includes courses that address the critical connection between theory and practice in instructional leadership.

University instructors as well as field-based partners in schools and districts support degree candidates during the program. The usual time between a student's first and last courses is 2 years.

Faculty at the Forefront

The graduate student-to-faculty member ratio in the School of Education and Leadership at Notre Dame de Namur University is approximately 15:1. Faculty members and graduate students are involved in a variety of collaborative research experiences ranging from more basic research to research that is applied to school settings.

Notable faculty members include Dr. Annabel Lee Jensen, Department of Education Chair at NDNU and a pioneer in the field of emotional intelligence education. She has co-authored 4 books on teaching emotional intelligence, written numerous articles, and trained over 10,000 educators and leaders around the globe.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Grants, scholarships, and work-study and student loan opportunities are available to graduate students of Notre Dame de Namur University who establish financial need by completing the financial aid process, and who also meet all program eligibility criteria.

Campus and Surroundings

The historic 50-acre campus is located in Belmont, CA on the San Francisco peninsula in Silicon Valley and the foothills of the Pacific Ocean, 30 minutes south of San Francisco, and north of San Jose. NDNU is conveniently located within one mile of bus, train and major freeways, and 30 minutes from three international airports. Our location is ideal for easy access for students residing on campus or commuting to class - day or night.

NDNU is situated in the heart of one of the country's most exciting regions for professional growth and personal enrichment as well as numerous job opportunities in education.

Location & Contact

School of Education and Leadership

Notre Dame de Namur University

1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002-1908
United States

Dr. Joanne Rossi


Phone: 650-508-3701

Graduate Admissions

Phone: 650-508-3600
Fax: 650-508-3426

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Certificate
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 54
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


71% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 290
    • Accepted 208
    • Acceptance Rate 71
    • Enrolled 111
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 2.5, interview
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Financial Support for Part-time Students

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students276
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students276
    • Part-time Percentage62%
    • Full-time Percentage38%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander2%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown14%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty25
    • Full-time Percentage36%
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Female Percentage80%
    • Male Percentage20%