2018-2019 Catalog


Holy Names University has always considered the preparation of qualified and committed teachers among its highest institutional priorities. One-third of Holy Names University alumni have completed a program in the Education Department. In today’s rapidly changing society, the field of education is faced with enormous challenges and responsibilities. The work of the educator has become critical in addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse population, the demands of life in a technologically advanced society, and the changes created by radical shifts in societal organization.

Although these changes are present throughout our society, nowhere are the challenges experienced more strongly than in the urban schools.

The Education Department at Holy Names University is focused on preparing dedicated educators for the urban schools of Oakland, nearby cities, and throughout the nation. The Department’s distinctive urban focus and the quality of its program and faculty are recognized by school districts, by peer organizations, and by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which has continuously accredited the offered programs at the highest level. The current programs are fully compliant with SB2042, the most recent state regulations governing credentials.

The Department strives to encourage and support potential teachers who might not otherwise have the personal or financial resources to pursue a career in teaching in a private college setting. The program seeks to include teacher candidates of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who reflect the community. While students range in age from their early twenties to their mid-fifties, over half are between thirty and forty. They bring with them experiences in business, administration, raising families, law, the Americorps, and a variety of educationally related occupations. In themselves, they represent a deep resource of intellectual and personal talents to be shared with their peers, their faculty, and their future students.

The faculty is particularly suited to preparing teachers for urban classrooms. Full-time faculty members have had extensive experience in local urban schools and doctorates related to urban education. In addition to teaching the core courses in all programs, 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 city school systems.

Finally, the Department has adopted a unique format for its programs, one in which programs capitalize on the ability of candidates to think and study independently. Education courses meet during late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate the needs of the working adult. Classes meet every other week, with a demanding set of assigned tasks (including required field experiences) completed independently between class sessions. Basic computer literacy is required.

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation programs prepare students for Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credentials, Multiple and Single Subject College Internship Credentials, and the Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities credentials. Our credential holders have been very successful in obtaining teaching positions in local districts as well as in independent and parochial schools. All credential programs specified in this Catalog comply with the regulations and standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and are subject to changes dictated by that Commission.

The Multiple and Single Subjects programs lead to an SB2042 preliminary credential and the preliminary credential with bilingual emphasis for those who qualify for and select this option. School districts often assume responsibility for meeting the requirements for the professional clear credential. Candidates may qualify for internship credentials while in the program.

The Early Completion Option (ECO) for credential programs is available for exceptionally qualified students who may waive foundation coursework by passing a state exam, The Teaching Foundation Exam. Remaining requirements, including passage of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), must be completed.

The Educational Specialist credential approved as of Fall 2010 allows for placement in classrooms Mild/Moderate disabilities including autism. Candidates may qualify for an internship credential while in the program.

The Bilingual Authorization in Spanish is a K12 CTC approved program that authorizes instruction in the primary language in dual immersion, Bilingual, and Spanish for Spanish speakers programs.

The Master of Education Degree is designed to meet the needs of students desirous of pursuing further graduate study. Credentialed teachers are prepared for advancement in the teaching profession. Others interested in educational policy studies receive a strong academic core as well as training in educational research.

General Admission Requirements for Credential and M.Ed. Certificate Programs

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Evidence of adequate subject matter preparation relevant to the program.
  2. An overall grade point average of 2.6 in undergraduate studies, with 3.0 in the undergraduate major.
  3. Proficiency in oral and written language.
  4. For international students, a score of at least 600 on the TOEFL exam.
  5. Basic computer literacy.
  6. Completion of the University admission application requirements.
  7. For Bilingual Authorization, Spanish oral language screenings or CSET-LOTE Spanish exam.

Additional Requirements for Full Admission to the M.Ed. Programs

  1. An interview with at least one member of the Education Department faculty. Personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for professional success will be evaluated. Formal acceptance of the applicant is made by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC), which includes members from the University at large.
  2. A valid Certificate of Clearance issued by the state of California. This requirement may be completed within the first semester.
  3. Evidence of writing skill, or completion of an approved Professional Writing course with a grade of B or better.
  4. A statement of purpose specific to the Master’s degree.

Additional Requirements for Full Admission to Credential Programs

  1. An interview with at least one member of the Education Department faculty. Personal qualities and pre-professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for professional success and effectiveness as a teacher will be evaluated. Formal acceptance of the applicant is made by the Teacher Education Committee, which includes members from the University at large.
  2. The California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST). A passing score in all areas is required prior to full-time student teaching or application for the College Internship Credential. Multiple Subject candidates may substitute the Writing section of CSET for the CBEST requirement. Candidates may take only 15 units in the credential program before passing CBEST or the Writing portion of CSET.
  3. Subject Matter Competence. Completion of a CCTC-approved subject matter program or passage of CSET. (Successful passage of all components must be verified before candidates may begin full-time student teaching or internship teaching). CSET must be taken prior to or within the first semester of the program.
  4. A valid Certificate of Clearance, an Emergency Teaching Permit, or a College Internship Credential. This requirement must be completed within the first semester.
  5. Completion of a course in Health Education for Teachers, including valid CPR certification, or its equivalent. Completion of an upper-division course in language acquisition (LING 145/ LING 245), and six college semester units in the same foreign language or an equivalent experience. For Multiple Subject candidates, completion of a Physical Education for Teachers course. All courses that are taken to meet CCTC requirements or prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
  6. For Bilingual Emphasis and/or Bilingual Authorization, an oral screening in the language of emphasis is required. The student must also take the CSET LOTE language of emphasis exam during the first semester and must pass the exam prior to full-time intern or student teaching.

Requirements for Application for Teaching Credentials

  1. Completion of a CCTC-approved course in the U.S. Constitution or passage of an equivalent examination (must be satisfied before candidate may apply for an Internship credential).
  2. Completion of a CCTC-approved course, or passage of an equivalent assessment, that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the use of computer-based technology in the classroom.
  3. Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades of B- or better in all coursework; one letter grade of C or C+ may be allowed at the discretion of the program advisor and with the approval of the Department Chairperson. However, a grade of A or B is required in the student teaching courses (EDUC 320A, EDUC 320C, EDUC 320I, EDUC 330A, EDUC 330C, and EDUC 330I).
  4. Successful completion of CCTC-mandated Teaching Performance Assessments (PACT).
  5. Prior to applying for the initial Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Level 1 credentials, candidates must pass the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment examination (RICA).
  6. For Bilingual Emphasis or Bilingual Authorization, CSET LOTE language of emphasis is required prior to application for licensure. In addition, EDUC 304 and EDUC 305 are required courses for the Spanish Bilingual Emphasis or Authorization. A bilingual student teaching placement is required for the concurrent Bilingual Emphasis in the accompanying credential program of either Single Subject or Multiple Subjects.

Suitability for Practice Disqualification

The faculty of the Education Department programs of Holy Names University is committed to candidates’ development of ethical practice and their awareness of practicum competence and personal limitations. At any time during the candidate’s progress through the program, should a grave concern regarding the candidate’s suitability for the profession occur, in accordance with the California Education Code, and based on the candidate’s behavior, a committee of graduate program faculty shall convene to review the candidate’s conduct and performance. The committee shall interview the student and person(s) who raised the concern and consult with university administration. After careful deliberation, the committee will determine, whether or not there is a basis for concern and, if there is a basis for concern will determine a course of action, which could include possible immediate program disqualification or substantive remediation that can involve course or placement repetition. Should a candidate wish to appeal the review committee’s decision, the same procedures would be followed as that for appealing an academic decision as described in this catalog.

Education Courses