Developing leaders in education


Gonzaga University  Quick Sketch 

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 22; 92.4% retention rate; 75% four-year graduation rate (three-year average)

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: 7,491 total enrollment; 5,041 undergraduates; 54% women, 46% men; 23% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: More than 75 majors and areas of study; 22 master’s degrees; a PhD, DNP, EdD, and JD degree

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 40 different countries (including Gonzaga-in-Florence); 49% 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

2017–2018 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $40,540
Room and Board: $11,560

Financial Aid: 99.6% of Gonzaga’s students receive financial aid
in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. Gonzaga is rated the #8 best private university in the nation for merit aid (Money magazine, 2016).

Outcomes: 92.4% of graduates are working, attending grad school, or volunteering in service programs (First Destination Survey Report for 2015 grads).

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 100 clubs and organizations, numerous dances, ski weekends, etc. 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,
University 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 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 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 2013–2016, Gonzaga students had an 89% NES & WEST-E Teacher Certification Combined First-Time Pass Rate.

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)
- 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)

• Kinesiology and Physical Education
• Special Education
• Sport Management

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

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

Special Education
• Master of Education in Special EducationSport & Physical Education
• Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic AdministrationTeacher Education
• Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language
• Master of Initial Teaching