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School of Education and Liberal Arts

We are committed to equity and excellence for all.

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Dr. Kimberly Mayfield

Dean's Message

Known for our focus on urban education, social justice, and individual/community transformation, HNU's School of Education and Liberal Arts graduates are making a difference in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Whether you pursue a master’s degree, certificate, or credential, an HNU education will bring you a new perspective, access to an experienced and diverse community of educators, and the tools to make you more effective and fulfilled in your work.

- Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, Dean of the School of Education

A lens of equity

Our Mission

Our mission is to support and engage educators and researchers who view their work through a lens of equity. This is achieved in several distinct ways:

• Engaging in solidarity with both local and global struggle
• Engaging in issues of race, language, and power
• Supporting students in imagining and actualizing their passion
• Holding high expectations while offering deep personal support and mentoring that leads to high success rates within the various programs
• Providing transformative coaching of candidates in their specific field placement

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Education Programs at HNU

Master of Education Programs
  • Master of Education/Urban Education
  • Master of Education/Urban Education K-12
  • Master of Education/Urban Education Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Education
Credential and Authorization Programs
  • Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential
  • Multiple Subjects Credentials
  • Single Subject Credentials
  • Bilingual Authorization
Educational Therapy Programs

Master’s Programs:
Master of Arts in Educational Therapy

Certificate Programs:
Educational Therapy Certificate

Kodály Programs

Master’s Programs:

  • Master of Music Education with Kodály Emphasis

Certificate Programs:

  • Kodály Specialist Certificate
  • Kodály Summer Certificate
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Bay Area Teacher Training Institute Partnership

The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) has teamed up with Holy Names University’s School of Education to create a hands-on credentialing program where residents earn their Master’s degree and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential over two years of close mentorship, relationship-building, and dynamic pedagogy.

Visit BATTI's website Read partnership press release

Facts and Figures


Future public school teachers and current Catholic school employees may qualify for a 50% scholarship.


Credential students have bi-weekly in-class mentorship during the school year.


Graduates of HNU's education programs teaching in the Oakland Unified School District have tenures of five or more years.