The Single Subject Credential program prepares teachers for the urban schools of Oakland and nearby cities, in public, charter and private school settings. The program seeks to include teacher candidates of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who reflect the community.
The faculty is particularly suited to preparing teachers for urban classrooms. Full-time faculty have had extensive experience in local urban schools and have obtained doctorates related to urban education. In addition to teaching the core courses, 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 and community organizations.
Single Subject candidates may choose either the student teaching route or the intern teaching route in which one is the teacher-of-record in a classroom while earning a credential.
Supervision during field placements is designed to provide ongoing support for candidates. Supervisors are insightful, compassionate and knowledgeable about urban settings.
Graduates have noted the following as unique features of being trained at HNU:
- The program has a strong emphasis on urban education and had several teachers with excellent experience and knowledge.
- The schedule was very flexible and worked well for working students.
- Teachers in the program were very helpful in teaching content and making learning fun and exciting.
- Small class sizes, personal attention from professors who are very accessible and flexible.
- Emphasis on diversity