Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

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 that challenge. Rooted in our tradition of a Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic education, we prepare our students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. Gonzaga’s School of Education trains students to become leaders in education who will impact and inspire future generations.

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 educational 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.

Sport Management program
With small class sizes, we strive to create collaborative, hands-on classroom experiences directly linked to discovering a student’s professional aspirations in our Sport Management program. Two internships are required, and a minor in Business, Communication Studies, Journalism, Promotions, or another relevant specialty area is recommended. Our course curricula train students to become leaders in the sports industry by taking classes in the following areas:
• Sport promotions and sponsorship
• Ethical and legal aspects of sports
• Social and psychological aspects of sports and exercise
• Sports facility management
• Sports and fitness in the digital age
• Sports and activity in a diverse society

Kinesiology program
Pursuing Kinesiology with a Fitness Specialist concentration allows graduates to work as exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning coaches, community and youth sport camp leaders, fitness club programmers, or group activity instructors. Students can sit for national certification exams in multiple fitness specialties. The Kinesiology program with a Health & Fitness endorsement prepares students for Washington State Certification to teach health and fitness at the K–12 level.



Ranked among the top 5% of national universities for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” | U.S. News & World Report, 2021


Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a mark of distinction recognizing that the School of Education meets national standards for preparing educators


94% success rate with graduates employed, serving as volunteers, or in graduate school six months after graduation | First Destination Survey, 2019


Ranked among the top 10 midsize schools sending alumni into the Peace Corps in 2020

Undergraduate programs

• Certification Endorsements
   - Designated Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (5–12)
   - Designated World Languages: French & Spanish (Pre-K–12)
   - Early Childhood Special Education (Birth–3)
   - Elementary Education (K–8)
   - English/Language Arts (5–12)
   - English Language Learners (Pre-K­­–12)
   - Health & Fitness (Pre-K–12)
   - Mathematics (5–12)
   - Music: Choral, General, Instrumental (Pre-K–12)
   - Reading (Pre-K–12)
   - Social Studies (History) (5–12)
   - Special Education (Pre-K–­12)
   - Theatre Arts (Pre-K­–12)
• Community, Culture & Language
• Kinesiology
   - Fitness Specialist
   - Physical Education Pedagogy (concentration)
• Special Education
• Sport Management 

Graduate programs are also available.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “The real school spirit that everyone has here is one of the leading factors of why I chose Gonzaga. The sense of family is so evident.”

    • Matt Braatz
      Orange County, California | English & Secondary Certification
  • “Gonzaga is a school that’s going to teach you a lot academically. It’s going to teach you a lot about yourself, but it’s also going to grow you into the person you never thought you could be.”

    • Alex Campbell
      Renton, Washington | Sociology
  • “Gonzaga offers this challenging embrace. It welcomes you, and it also expects you to grow and change.”

    • Erik Hirschman
      Washington, DC | Biology
  • “I’ve never really been able to narrow down my academic interests, but being in a couple of different schools with different majors, I think I’ve had a pretty well-rounded experience both in STEM and liberal arts education.”

    • Maurie Harbick
      Oregon City, Oregon | Political Science
  • “Gonzaga really does have diverse experiences and things you can get involved in. Through my classes, professors, the people I’ve met, and the things I’ve been able to do here, I feel like I’m ready for new experiences and what’s next.”

    • Julia Drexelius