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Single Subject Teaching Credential

Credential | On-Campus

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Lead with awareness and compassion

Be an expert teacher in your subject

The Single Subject Teaching Credential at HNU will train you to teach in urban schools, be they public or charter school settings. You’ll find an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity in ethnic and cultural backgrounds here at HNU. Holy Names University’s School of Education faculty members have earned various degrees related to urban education and have had extensive experience in local urban schools. In addition to teaching the coursework of the program, they serve as field supervisors, academic advisors, and mentors. Adjunct faculty members, who teach many of the curriculum courses, are outstanding educational leaders who work in California city school systems and community organizations.

Credential students are considered 5th-year undergraduate students for financial aid purposes. Students dually enrolled in a credential and Masters programs are considered graduate students.

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Single Subject Teaching Credential Program Outcomes

Once you've completed HNU's Single Subject Teaching Credential program requirements, you will be qualified to teach middle school and high school in California public schools.

  • This program will support your development in meeting the expectations of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

  • Once you’ve completed the coursework, you’ll be well-positioned to earn your Master of Arts in Teaching or Master of Education.

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You may be eligible for a 50% scholarship

Teaching Scholarships

HNU offers the Logan Scholarship for students planning to become a public school teacher in California and a Catholic Educators Scholarship for students currently employed full-time at Catholic elementary or secondary schools.

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Numbers worth noting


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.

A program sneak preview

Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

Multicultural Education

Focusing on cultural sensitivity and racial awareness, you’ll learn to draw upon your students’ personal and cultural strengths. We’ll discuss and embrace different cultures, genders, religions, ethnicities, languages, and categories of disability.

Teaching in the Secondary School

Examine teaching models and methods leading to competencies in the organization, interpretation, and presentation of the Single Subject teaching area. Emphasis is given to the observation and critique of teaching situations in a variety of learning environments.

Introduction to CalTPA

Learn the requirements of the California Teaching Performance Assessment (CalTPA). You’ll explore the technology needed to complete the CalTPA, and will create a 15-minute video clip using segments from recorded work, and prepare a DVD/submission for the scorer.