School of Education

Dean: Vincent C. Alfonso
Professors: J. Abi-Nader (Emerita), A. Barretto, E. Bennett, J. Burcalow (Emerita), M. Derby, A. Fein, D. Mahoney, T. F. McLaughlin, J. Nelson, K. Weber, R. Williams (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: R. Bialozor (Emeritus), D. Nieding, J. Cox, J. D’Aboy (Emeritus), J. Dixon (Emerita), B. Foster, P. Hastings, R. ParkK. Rickel, C. Salina, J. Shepard, J. Sunderland, J. Traynor, D. Tunnell, M. Young
Assistant Professors: A. Case, S. Girtz, M. Ghoston, C. Johnson, J. Lontz, E. Radmer
Lecturers: O.J. Cotes, C. Dieter, J. Neyman, K. Nitta,

School of Education Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Education is to 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
  • The School of Education upholds the tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education.

The School of Education upholds the tradition of humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education and this tradition and mission are embodied in our theme statement:  Preparing socially responsible professionals who serve with care, competence, and commitment.


All degree programs and certification programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a specialized accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and fully approved by the Washington State Professional Educators Board (PESB).

The School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage and Family Counseling master’s programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Anesthesiology Education master’s program is accredited by the Council of Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs (COA), part of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Master’s programs offered in British Columbia, Canada have received consent from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education and the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB).  Master’s programs offered in Alberta, Canada have been approved by the Alberta Ministry of Education and Technology, and the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC).
While this catalogue provides students with the most current information regarding School of Education graduate programs, students are advised that programmatic changes are a common occurrence in the field of education and are usually the result of directives from the State Office for the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The School of Education takes seriously its responsibility to communicate all changes to students. Students must be sure to meet with their advisors regularly to be in compliance with current regulations.

The School is organized into five departments. Following are the graduate degrees offered:

The Department of Counselor Education

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
  • Master of Counselling (site-based, Canada)
                    • The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration
                      • Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration (site-based, Washington)
                      • Master of Anesthesiology Education
                      • Master of Education (School Administration) (site-based, AB Canada)
                      • Master of Education in Leadership and Administration (site-based, BC Canada)
                    • The Department of Special Education
                      • Master of Education in Special Education
                      • Master of Initial Teaching, Special Education
                    • The Department of Sport and Physical Education
                      • Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration
                    • The Department of Teacher Education
                      • Master of Initial Teaching
                      • Master of Education in Literacy
                    • Graduate Admission

                      The School of Education Graduate Admissions Office processes the applications for all SOE graduate and certification programs. Refer to the program section in the catalogue for specific admission requirements. Program application deadlines are listed on the School of Education Web site

                      Time Requirements for Degrees

                      All work accepted toward a degree is to be completed within a five-year period from the date of acceptance into the program or from the first semester of graduate-level enrollment, or advanced credit, whichever occurs first.

                      Advanced Credit

                      Credit for graduate-level courses completed at Gonzaga prior to admission to a graduate program may be accepted for advancement into the program upon recommendation of the academic advisor. Such recommendation is forwarded to the Dean of the School of Education for final approval. Advance credits are limited to twelve.

                      Transfer Credit

                      The School of Education may accept up to one-fifth of the total number of credits required for a degree from another accredited college or university, six credits for most master’s programs. Courses must be clearly graduate level as defined by the granting institution. The subject matter of courses transferred must be relevant to the degree in question, which is determined by the academic advisor. The date of each course considered needs to be within five years of the beginning semester at Gonzaga. No course for which a grade less than “B” has been awarded may be accepted. Classes graded on a Pass/Fail scale will not be considered unless Pass is equivalent to “B”. Transfer credits are used in the calculation of the graduate grade point average. The School of Education Dean gives final approval for transfer credits. Forms are available from the academic advisor.