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Preparing the next generation of K-12 teachers

Bay Area Teacher Training Institute and Holy Names University enter partnership

Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Sheila Smith McKoy and Founder and Executive Director of BATTI Robert Houghteling sign agreement

OAKLAND, CA (Oct. 18, 2019) – Today, the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) and Holy Names University (HNU) signed a partnership agreement that will bring a new model for comprehensive, immersive, and accessible teacher training to the Bay Area.

“BATTI is an organization that shares our social justice values and commitment to supportive and mentored learning. We warmly welcome them to our campus and our community of educators,” says Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, Dean of the School of Education at Holy Names University. The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute provides aspiring teachers with mentorship, a tight-knit student cohort, access to a California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential and an MA in Teaching, and on-the-job learning in public, charter, and independent schools. Students work full-time as paid assistant teachers at one of its 30 partner schools while taking evening and weekend courses.

The School of Education at Holy Names University specializes in preparing students to teach in urban settings. Students are encouraged to view their work through a lens of equity and to engage in issues of race, language, and power in order to promote individual and community transformation. In addition to a Master of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credentials, the School of Education offers a Master of Education, a Master of Arts and Certificate in Educational Therapy, an Education Specialist Credential, and a Bilingual Authorization.

In June 2020, the 19th Cohort of BATTI students will enroll at HNU for a new, five-semester Multiple Subject preliminary Credential program. They will also have the opportunity for a sixth semester of study to earn their Master of Arts in Teaching.

In an effort to address the ongoing teacher shortage in the Bay Area, Holy Names will extend its Logan Scholarship, a 50% tuition reduction, to BATTI residents who intend to teach in the public schools.

Founder and Executive Director of BATTI Robert Houghteling adds, “Our new partnership will significantly bolster our commitment to public schools. The strong connections Holy Names has with local public-school districts will open doors for our graduates and benefit our communities for generations to come.”


Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit hnu.edu.

The Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI) is a residency (apprenticeship) program for assistant teachers employed at over 30 independent and public partner schools around the Bay Area. Based on the principle of “Learning By Doing,“ BATTI enables its students to receive a California Multiple Subject credential and Master’s degree while working full-time as paid assistant teachers. Founded in 2002, the program provides teaching experiences in both public and private schools as well as thoughtful mentoring. In all six semesters of the two-year program, residents take two late afternoon classes each week and have occasional Saturday seminar meetings with their cohort, held at a convenient location at one of the member schools in San Francisco or the East Bay. Visit www.ba-tti.org