With over 160 years rooted in Catholic tradition, Notre Dame de Namur (NDNU) is the fifth oldest college in California. Since its founding by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the university has been committed to providing an inclusive learning environment that emphasizes social justice and community building. This includes flexible online learning programs that provide professional guidance to help prepare students for real-world success in public and private spheres.
NDNU recognizes how important it is for online learners to have access to the same resources and support as campus-based students.
Notre Dame de Namur University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501; (510) 748-9001; www.wascweb.org).
Now more than ever, dynamic agencies and companies across both the public and private sectors of the economy need business-minded leadership with a potent combination of administrative savvy and community awareness. NDNU’s online Master of Public Administration blends these traits, offering a thorough understanding of public policy and administrative knowledge for maximum career advantage.
Combining the flexibility of online learning and the accessibility and encouragement that has been a hallmark of NDNU since 1851, the online Master of Public Administration is a convenient and cost-effective way to advance your current career, position yourself in the job market, or build a foundation for community-minded entrepreneurship to bring about new kinds of change to the world.
The online Master of Public Administration from NDNU also features three career-building concentrations to match your interests and professional goals:
Human Resources Management – Ideal for emerging HR leaders or top executives in the public or private sector who want to build a diverse and dynamic workforce with emphasis on cultural synergy, productive labor/management relations, effective recruiting, and more. Students in this concentration will develop the people-management and workforce-development skills to promote positive change and help individuals and teams realize their full potential.
Public Affairs Administration – For those who seek leadership roles at public agencies, non-profit companies, law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organizations and other service-oriented companies. Coursework covers administrative law, public policy evaluation, management of diversity in the workforce, plus an elective class related to effective human resource management. Graduates with this concentration can apply what they learn anywhere where there is a need for an effective, caring, and inspiring leader.
NDNU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares students to meet modern-day demands for accountability and effectiveness in public and nonprofit organizations. The MPA curriculum develops theoretical and practical foundations for the practice of effective public management in a wide range of public service functional areas. Students gain relevant knowledge and skills in public policy, administration, program evaluation, and decision-making in order to be effective advocates for change. This degree program emphasizes close involvement with leaders from a wide variety of public sector organizations, enabling graduates to make contributions to various levels and functions of administration.
Concentration Options: Human Resource Management or Public Affairs Administration
NDNU's Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy (MA/MFT) is a 63-unit program that prepares students for state licensure as an MFT in California. It also prepares students to become Registered Art Therapist (ATR). This degree program meets the guidelines established by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences of MFTs and is approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
Distinctions of NDNU’s Art Therapy Psychology Programs
The 36-unit Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program at NDNU offers students a scholarly environment focused on fostering innovation, superior management, and leadership competencies through the practice of analytical decision-making. Our MBA program is structured to encourage the development of professional skills recognized as essential in today’s business environment, including strategic thinking, interpersonal communication, critical decision-making, global business management, leadership, leveraging technological advances, serving global markets, systems thinking, problem-solving, ethics, and corporate social responsibility. The program combines theory with practice in order to explore the evolving nature of managerial practices in an increasingly technology-driven, globalizing business environment. Students also develop a thorough understanding of social and political factors that enhances their study of management.
Concentrations: Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Marketing and Promotions.
NDNU’s Clinical Psychology Department (CPD) approaches the study of psychology with a value on the development of the whole person throughout the lifespan. The CPD is grounded in a psychological approach that is integrative, emphasizing the interdependence of psychological, developmental, relational, affective, cognitive, behavioral, cultural, social, neurobiological, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior. The CPD is dedicated to training well-rounded mental health professionals and emphasizes clinical training, community engagement and diversity in its academic, theoretical, and learning approaches. The CPD trains students to become either licensed or unlicensed mental health professionals qualified to pursue careers in medical, mental health, allied health, administration, social service, educational, geriatric, research and business settings, as well as prepare students to pursue future doctoral studies in psychology or a related field.
The MSCP degree program offers two concentrations and one certificate:
NDNU's Master of Arts in Education Program is designed to serve educators, administrators, and community leaders working with and on behalf of schools. There are two possible areas of concentration in the Master of Arts Education program:
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts in Education must meet the following requirements:
For students applying jointly to the M.A. and Credential Programs
The 36-unit Master of Science in Systems Management (MSSM) at Notre Dame de Namur University has a strong history of providing professionals with an outstanding management education that advances their careers. The program offers broad-based tools and perspectives of systems management to working professionals as they creatively and effectively produce results in their tasks. Typical MSSM students at NDNU are rising professionals in organizations with team, project and program management responsibilities. They come from a variety of industry and research organizations (banking, biotechnology, information technology and government) and represent the breadth of professional experience from engineering and management to financial analysis and research.
NDNU's Master of Arts in School Administration degree program prepares students to administer programs in public and private schools. It approaches administration from a generic standpoint in the core courses and from an experiential base in the practica-based courses. Building upon the Preliminary Administrative Credential, this program enables students to complete six additional units in curriculum development and assessment and evaluation in order to earn a master's degree. Admission Process NDNU admits students throughout the year for fall, spring and summer semesters.
The Master of Arts in School Administration is offered in conjunction with the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential program. The Master of Arts (MA) in School Administration prepares students to serve as administrators in roles 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. A paid administrative internship may be arranged on an as-needed basis in coordination with needs of the student's school district
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts and Credential in Administrative Services must meet the following requirements:
NDNU’s Level I Education Specialist Credential in Special Education is designed to train teachers to alleviate the increasing shortage of special education teachers in the State of California.
NDNU’s Education Specialist Credential in Special Education and Master of Arts in Special Education programs prepare students to teach in special education settings in public and private schools. Mild/Moderate credential holders teach students in resource specialist programs, students in special day classes for learning disabilities and some full inclusion students. Moderate/Severe credential holders will be able to teach students in grades K-12 whose needs are more severe. Students may pursue a special education credential whether or not they have a regular education credential.
Autism Authorization Add-On
Notre Dame de Namur University offers an add-on teaching authorization for teaching students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This authorization can be added to an existing special education teaching credential to expand the scope of instruction for current teachers. It can also be added on to any base credential, whether it was obtained at NDNU or somewhere else. Additionally, there may be general education teachers or related service personnel who may choose to enroll in this course sequence to better their understanding of ASD.
NDNU's Master of Arts in Art Therapy (MA) is 63-unit program that prepares students to be eligible to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and also prepares students for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). This degree program meets the guidelines established by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for LPCC, and is approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
Distinctions of NDNU’s Art Therapy Psychology Programs
NDNU's Department of Education offers a program of professional preparation for the California Multiple Subject Credential and California Single Subject Credential, approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Multiple Subject Credential Program
This credential authorizes service in self-contained classrooms usually in an elementary school setting. NDNU's Multiple Subject Credential Program is postbaccalaureate and requires a full fifth year, or 33 semester units, of study. The concurrent program at NDNU offers students the opportunity to complete the professional course work and two student teaching experiences within a calendar year. NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs may articulate up to 15 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.
Single Subject Credential
This credential authorizes service in departmentalized settings usually in middle schools and high schools. NDNU's Single Subject Credential program is postbaccalaureate and requires a full fifth year, or 31 semester units, of study. The concurrent program at NDNU offers students the opportunity to complete the professional course work and two student teaching experiences within a calendar year. NDNU students enrolled in its credential programs may articulate up to 15 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and up to 12 units toward the Master of Arts in Education with concentration in Disciplinary Studies.
Educational Specialst Credential
NDNU's Education Specialist Credential program prepares students to teach in special education programs in public and private schools. Students choose one of two concentration options: mild/moderate or moderate/severe disabilities.
Credential holders with a mild/moderate authorization will be able to teach students in Resource Specialist Program classes (K-12) and students in special day classes for learning disabilities. Credential holders with a moderate/severe authorization will be able to teach students in grades K-12 whose needs are more severe. A student may elect to complete the requirements for both options. This can be accomplished while in the program with the addition of the appropriate adaptations course (EDU4234 or EDU4237) and an additional semester of fieldwork in an appropriate educational setting. If requirements for both are completed during the program the candidate will be recommended for both authorizations.
Special Education candidates may discover opportunities to serve as paid interns while earning the credential. Building upon the Education Specialist Credential, this program enables students to complete an additional 3-unit course in order to earn a master's degree.
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