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).
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 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 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
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Must be equipped with high-speed Internet connection such as DSL or cable modem. PC configuration must support Windows XP or greater.
No on-campus requirement. All programs offered entirely online.
Applicants may apply for loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code: