Teacher Education

Chairperson:  John Traynor
Elementary Program Director: Deborah Nieding
Secondary Program Director: Anny Case

Directed by our Jesuit mission, Gonzaga University develops socially responsible professionals who serve with care, competence, and commitment.  The department of teacher education offers a thorough preparation in professional teaching at the undergraduate level.  We prepare educational leaders to serve others in need and demonstrate a commitment to social justice.  We provide teacher candidates with the opportunity to become reflective learners and practitioners of elementary or secondary education. Teacher candidates have three field experiences prior to a full semester of student teaching to prepare them as successful practitioners.  Many courses in the program offer a community based service learning activity providing candidates an opportunity to experience servant leadership.

As a community of reflective learners, faculty, staff, and teacher candidates are involved in a supportive relationship which encourages service for others and responsibility to one another.

The Teacher Education program is advised by a Professional Education Advisory Board  (PEAB) composed of area teachers, school administrators, educational staff associates, representatives of professional organizations, teacher candidates, and faculty.

The Teacher Certification program meets standards specified by the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Northwest Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC).

There are different options to obtain teacher certification. One option is a Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education or Special Education which includes teacher certification, or teacher candidates can combine certification requirements with a degree from one of the other schools/colleges in the University.

Applicants seeking Elementary Education Certification will receive an Elementary endorsement and can teach grades K-8 as generalists in a self-contained classroom. Secondary Education Certification candidates can teach grades 5-12 and choose a specific content area (endorsement) to teach. The content area must be selected from one of the following approved endorsements offered at Gonzaga: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Language Arts, Health and Fitness, Mathematics, Music, Special Education, Social Studies, Theater Arts, and designated World Languages.   Additional endorsements are encouraged.

The teacher candidate is assigned a Teacher Education advisor during the EDTE 101 Foundations of American Education course. The role of this advisor is to guide the teacher candidate through the certification program. The teacher candidate's academic advisor (assigned when admitted to the University) will advise the teacher candidate regarding degree requirements.
Washington State certification requirements may change, so it is the applicant’s responsibility to stay current by checking with their School of Education advisors and the Certification Office.

All teacher candidates are required to have a current Character and Fitness form and FBI/Washington State Patrol fingerprint clearance on file to take part in any Teacher Education Field Experiences.

Admission to Teacher Certification Requirements: Elementary

Admission into the teacher certification program is dependent on completion of the following:

  1. 12 credits of education coursework successfully completed including one field experience.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.00 in each certification program course.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher across G.U. courses.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 across EDTE courses.
  5. Passing score on all three sections of WEST-B test or alternative.
  6. Character and Fitness Form on file.
  7. FBI/Washington State Patrol Fingerprint Clearance on file.
  8. No uncorrected documented disposition concerns.
  9. Reviewed completed Key Assessments to date with candidate.

Please refer to the advising sheets obtained by the Teacher Education Advisor for updated information.

Core Curriculum of the School of Education The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the School of Education consists of 47 credits which are common to and required of all undergraduate degree programs: the first 31 credits are from the University core; the remaining 16 credits are specific to the School of Education. Transfer students should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies core requirements.

University Core
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester)
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL elective
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one course from each level
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): MATH 100 level or above. Students pursuing teaching certification should consult their education advisor for a math course that will count toward certification and satisfy this core requirement.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106 School of Education Core
School of Education Core
  1. Fine Arts (3 credits): at least a total three credits in VART, MUSC, or THEA
  2. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, EXSC, or EDPE (Physical Education majors must take EDPE 376/EDPE 376L)
  3. Social Science (6 credits): A History course plus an elective from the following: ECON, SOCI, POLS, PSYC, HIST: as recommended by your education advisor
  4. Social Justice: Social Justice is a common component of all education coursework. This requirement can only be met by completing any course designated by the College of Arts & Sciences as a social justice course on Zagweb.