FAQ and Tips


1 . What is the role of my teacher education advisor?^

Your SOE education advisor provides advisement regarding your elementary or secondary certification. Unless you are a Physical Education or Special Education major, you will be choosing from a major from the College of Arts and Sciences. You will also have an academic advisor from the College of Arts and Sciences who advises you on your core and degree. Your teacher education advisor advises you on your certification and program requirements.

2 . Is it difficult to graduate in four years as a certification student?^

It can be difficult if you do not begin the certification program during your freshman year.  Teacher certification may require additional summer coursework in order for you to be completed in four years.

3 . Are there courses that count toward both my core and my certification?^

Yes! The following courses count towards both:

  • A life Science with a lab (Elementary) also counts as core in Laboratory Science
  • EDSE 150 - Psych of the Exceptional Child (Elementary & Secondary) also counts as core for Social Science
  • HIST 112 - Survey of World Civilizations (Elementary) also counts as core for History
  • HIST 201 or 202 - History of the US I or II (Elementary) also counts as core for History
  • MATH 121 - Introductory Statistics (Elementary) also counts as core for Mathematics
  • MATH 112, Math 157 or Higher (with the exception of Math 321) (Elementary) also counts as core for mathematics or natural science
  • POLS 101 - American Politics (Elementary) also counts as core for Social Science

4 . Are there a minimum number of credits that I have to complete from the College of Arts and Science (A & S)?^

Yes!  You are required to complete a minimum of 94 credits from the college of A & S.  Any courses from the School of Education, School of Business, School of Engineering, School of Professional Studies do not count toward the 94 credits required in the College of Arts and Science.

5 . Are there other A & S requirements that I should be aware of as well?^

Yes, you are required to have at least 3 credits obtained in courses in the following three areas: Social Justice (designated "SJ" in the catalogue), Fine Arts (P), and Foreign Language or Culture (FC).

6 . Are there pre-requisite requirements that I should be aware of related to my certification courses?^

Yes, most of the coursework in the teacher certification program has prerequisites and co-requisites.  Advising sheets that include course prerequisites can be found in the Certification Advisement Handbook or on the Teacher Education homepage (www.gonzaga.edu/soe/teachered).

7 . Do I have to maintain certain grades?^

Yes!  Any course that you need for teacher certification you must earn a C (2.0) or above.  You are also required to maintain a 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in Teacher Education courses.

8 . Are there any courses that are fall and/or spring only?^

Yes, see the chart below:

Fall Only Courses:
Elementary Program
EDTE 460E Elementary Classroom Management
Elementary Program - Courses that can be taken concurrently in the Fall and Spring
EDTE 315, 331, and 331L
Secondary Program - Fall and Spring courses that must be taken concurrently
EDTE 221S, 221L, 241
Secondary Program - Spring Only courses that must be taken concurrently
EDTE 315, 418, 418L
Secondary Program - Fall Only courses that must be taken concurrently
EDTE 454A-T, 454L, 460S
Spring Only Courses:
EDTE 231 Instruct. Methods: Reading, Writing, Comm I

9 . Are there any requirements, outside of specific courses that I must complete prior to beginning my field experiences?^

<p>Yes! You must be fingerprinted for clearance by the Washington State Patrol and FBI.  Fingerprinting clearance lasts for two years and must be completed before EDTE 221 class begins.  You are also required to complete a Pre-Residency Clearance through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's eCertification system: eDS System Sign In.  You are also required to fill out a Field Experience Request form so the Field Office can place you in a field placement.  These forms are available here:  Application Process Forms

10 . What are the requirements that I must meet to be formally accepted into the teacher certification program?^

  • See the Blackboard course titled Teacher Certification & Field Experience Materials for TE, PE, and SPED for the Certification Advisement Handbook and Field Placement Materials

11 . What are the requirements that I must meet to apply for student teaching?^

  • See the Blackboard course titled Teacher Certification & Field Experience Materials for TE, PE, and SPED for the Certification Advisement Handbook and Field Placement Materials

12 . Are there any costs associated with certification?^

Yes, see the chart below:


Item Timeline Cost Purpose
Fingerprinting Before entry into a P-12 classroom (prior to beginning EDTE 221E/S) $68.50 Required by WA State and the program before entering the field
Basic Skill Requirement Candidates not meeting minimum ACT/SAT requirements must take WEST B prior to completing EDTE 221.
SAT - Minimum score: Math 240, Reading 240, Writing 240.
ACT - Minimum score: Math 22, Reading 22, Writing 8.

Single Subtest Fee is $75.00

All three subtests fee is $155.00

Basic skills requirement by WA State
West E / NES (Endorsement test) Must be taken prior to student teaching, passing score in order to be certified

$90.00 - $120.00

Endorsement test required by WA State
edTPA During Student Teaching $300.00 Required by WA State for Certification
Paper-based processing fee N/A $10.00 N/A
Computer-based processing fee N/A $35.00 N/A
Additional Course Fees See Handbook on Blackboard under Teacher Certification Experience Materials for Teacher Education, Physical Education and Special Education