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Education Profile

Developing leaders in education

One of today’s biggest challenges is ensuring that every child receives a great education. At Gonzaga University, we’re up for the challenge. Rooted in our tradition of Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic education, we educate our students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. And there’s no better place to see that mission in action than in our School of Education. Gonzaga’s School of Education will train you to become a leader in education who impacts and inspires future generations of students.

Our mission
We prepare socially responsive and discerning practitioners to serve their community and profession.

• We model and promote leadership, scholarship, and professional competence in multiple specializations.
• We support an environment that is challenging, inclusive, reflective, and collegial.
• We foster inquiry, intellectual cre
ativity, and evidence-based decision-making to accept the challenges facing a global society.
• We provide academic excellence in teaching, advising, service, and scholarship.
• We promote, support, and respect diversity. 

Why pursue a program with Gonzaga’s School of Education?
• NCATE-accredited—a mark of distinction recognizing that the School of Education has met national standards for the preparation of educators
• Gonzaga’s teacher education program is accepted for certification in all 50 states.
• Gonzaga’s School of Education
mentors its students in an integrated field and course work environment.
• Students receive support from faculty who are committed to their success and career goals.
• Students are well prepared for licensure exams: in 2014-2015, Gonzaga students had a 94% pass rate on the
Washington Educator Skills Test Endorsement (WEST-E).

Undergraduate programs

Certification Endorsements (Grade Levels)

- Biology (5-12)
- Chemistry (5-12)
- Choral Music (K-12)
- Designated World Languages: French and Spanish (K-12)
- Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-3)
- Elementary Education (K-8)
- English/Language Arts (5-12)
- English Language Learners (K-12)
- General Music (K-12)
- General Science (5-12)
- Health and Fitness (K-12)
- History (5-12)
- Instrumental Music (K-12)
- Mathematics (5-12)
- Physics (5-12)
- Reading (K-12)
- Social Studies (5-12)
- Special Education (PreK-12)
- Theatre Arts (K-12)

•Physical Education
•Special Education
•Sport Management

Graduate programs

Counselor Education
•Master of Arts in:

- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- School Counseling

Educational Leadership & Administration
•Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration (U.S.)
•Master of Education in Leadership and Administration (Canada-British Columbia)
•Master of Education (School Administration) (Canada-Alberta)

Special Education
•Master of Education in Special Education
•Master of Initial Teaching in Special Education

Sport & Physical Education
•Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration

Teacher Education
•Master of Education in Literacy
•Master of Initial Teaching 


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 211,000 (688,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit, Catholic

Academic Information: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24; 95% retention rate; 78% four-year graduation rate

Campus: 131 green acres along the beautiful Spokane River; less than a 15-minute walk to the upscale downtown district with shops, arts, entertainment, and fine dining

Student Body: 7,535 total enrollment; 5,067 undergraduates (4745 full-time undergraduates); 54% women, 46% men; 21% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a Ph.D., a D.N.P., and a J.D. degree

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 35 different countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 43% of students study abroad. More information is available at studyabroad.gonzaga.edu.

Varsity Athletics (NCAA Division I): Men’s and women’s basketball, crew, cross-country/track, golf, soccer, and tennis; women’s volleyball; men’s baseballl

2015–2016 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $37,480
Room and Board: $10,835

Financial Aid: 99% of Gonzaga’s students receive financial aid
in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities.
Gonzaga is rated the #4 best value in the western region (U.S.News & World Report, 2016).

Outcomes: 95% of graduates are working, attending grad school, or volunteering in service programs (one-year-out survey for 2014 grads).

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, numerous dances, ski weekends, boat cruises, and much more. Martin Center offers racquetball, basketball, an indoor running track, a swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility open to all students.