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 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 coursework 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 & Spanish (P-12)
- Early Childhood Special Education(Birth-3)
- Elementary Education (K-8)
- English/Language Arts (5-12)
- English Language Learners (P-12)
- Health & 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)

• Community, Culture & Language in Education
• Kinesiology & Physical Education
- Fitness Specialist
• Special Education
• Sport Management

Graduate programs
Counselor Education
Master of Arts
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Marriage & Family Counseling
- School Counseling

Master of Counselling (Canada)

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

School Psychology
Education Specialist in School Psychology

Special Education
Master of Education in Special Education

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

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


Founded: 1887

Location: Spokane, Washington; population 225,000 (722,000 metropolitan area)

Affiliation: Independent; Jesuit Catholic

Academics: 100% of classes taught by faculty; 11:1 student-faculty ratio; average class size of 24 students; 94% retention rate; 75% four-year graduation rate (average of last three cohorts)

Campus: 152 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: 7,563 total enrollment; 5,304 undergraduates; 52% women, 47% men, 1% non-binary; 25% students from underrepresented groups

Academic Programs: 56 majors, 61 minors, and 50 concentrations; 16 master’s and five doctoral degrees

Study Abroad: Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 40 different countries (including Gonzaga in Florence); 50% of students study abroad. More information is available at gonzaga.edu/studyabroad.

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

2019–2020 Annual Expenses:
Tuition: $44,280
Room and board: $12,330

Financial Aid: 98% 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: 94% of graduates are working, attending grad school, or volunteering in service programs (First Destination Survey Report for 2018 grads).

Student Life: The Gonzaga Student Body Association sponsors more than 130 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.

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