Developing leaders in education


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 217,108 (721,873 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit Catholic

Academics: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 12:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24; 94% retention rate; 75% 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: 7,506 total enrollment; 5,192 undergraduates; 52% women, 48% men; 25% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 23 master’s degrees; a PhD, DNAP, DNP, EdD, and JD

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 40 different countries (including Gonzaga in Florence); 53% of students study abroad. More information is available at

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

2018–2019 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $42,370
Room and board: $11,944

Financial Aid: 99% of Gonzaga’s students earn scholarships and/or grants. Gonzaga is ranked #6 in the West for “Best Value” and #2 in the West for “Best Graduation Rate” (U.S. News & World Report, 2019).

Outcomes: 93% of graduates are working, attending grad school, or volunteering in service programs (First Destination Survey Report for 2017 grads).

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, numerous dances, ski weekends, and more. Martin Center offers a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The Hemmingson Center houses food venues, a movie theater, study rooms, a reflection room, Gonzaga Outdoors, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and more.

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 communities and professions.
• 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 creativity, 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 accreditation—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 2017–2018, Gonzaga students had a 98% edTPA First-Time Pass Rate.

Undergraduate programs
• Certification Endorsements
(Grade Levels)
- Designated Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (5-12)
- Designated World Languages: French and Spanish (P-12)
- Early Childhood Special Education(Birth-3)
- Elementary Education (K-8)
- English/Language Arts (5-12)
- English Language Learners (P-12)
- Health and Fitness (P-12)
- Mathematics (5-12)
- Music: Choral, General, Instrumental (P-12)
- Reading (P-12)
- Social Studies (History) (5-12)
- Special Education (P-12)
- Theatre Arts (P-12)

• Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Fitness Specialist
• Special Education
• Sport Management

Graduate programs
Counselor Education
• Master of Arts
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- School Counseling
• Master of Counselling (Canada)

Educational Leadership & Administration
• Doctor of Educational Leadership
• Master of Education in Leadership (US)
• Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Canada-British Columbia)
• Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Canada-Alberta)

School Psychology
• Education Specialist in School Psychology
Special Education
• Master of Education in Special Education

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

Teacher Education
• Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
• Master of Initial Teaching