The School of Education is committed to providing excellence without elitism, to blending contemporary and innovative theory and practice, and to appreciating wide-range views and ideologies. The School also is committed to its role within the larger, historical mission of a Catholic, Jesuit University which values social responsibility, social justice, service to others, the dignity and worth of all individuals, and respect for social diversity. The School encourages faculty members to be learners themselves, to have a restless intellectual curiosity, and to be willing to take risks with new ideas. Finally, the School encourages faculty members to practice patience, tolerance, compassion, and understanding that will guide the School closer to the Jesuit ideal of preparing "a person for others." Followed in spirit and in practice, this mission generates an enriched experience ensuring purpose, uniqueness, and longevity.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Programs
Special Education:
Sport and Physical Education:

Teacher Education:
Teacher certification in combination with an undergraduate degree from any college on campus.

Teacher certification is available to students of any major or dual-major.  The certification track requires extra courses, but opens up many strong career opportunities later.  Certification fits well with most Arts & Sciences and Business majors.

Contact our Certification Department to find out what teacher certification best fits with your major.

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Additional Programs

The Professional Certification program for teachers exists to nurture teaching that reflects the University's commitment to service leadership, academic excellence, social justice, and reflective and collegial practice, while meeting the state's professional teaching standards.

Graduate Programs
Teacher Education Counselor Education Educational Leadership and Administration Special Education
Sport and Physical Education


All degree and certification programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The School holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and is recognized by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as having approved programs for the preparation of teachers, counselors, special education teachers, principals, and superintendents.

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 (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) 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

I. Thought & Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester)

II. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL elective

III. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level

IV. 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.

V. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 (or 103H)

School of Education Core

VI. Fine Arts (3 credits): at least a total three credits in VART, MUSC, or THEA

VII. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS, (Sport and Physical Education majors must take BIOL/EXSC 241/241L.)

VIII. Social Science (6 credits): A HISTORY course plus an elective from the following: ECON, SOCI, POLS, PSYC: as recommended by your education advisor

IX. Cultural Pluralism: one three credit course: EDTE 141 - students seeking teaching certification must take this course. Other courses that may count for this requirement include any course listed in the catalogue that has a "D" designation or a course approved by the Dean of the School of Education

Available Endorsement Areas for Teacher Certification

Courses for endorsement are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses are consistent with the Washington State requirements for endorsements in the specific area. Endorsements available at Gonzaga University are:

Grade Level:
  • Pre-3: Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary: Elementary Education
  • Secondary: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, English/Language Arts, History, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies
  • All Levels: Drama, General Music, Choral Music, Instrumental Music, Visual Arts, Designated World Languages, ESL, Health/Fitness, Reading, Special Education

Continuing Teacher Certification

Effective August 31, 2000, a new certification system was put in place. As of September 1, 2000, the Professional Education and Certification office began issuing Residency and Professional Teaching Certificates instead of Initial and Continuing Certificates. Teachers who hold a Continuing Teaching Certificate as of August 31, 2000, will not be affected by these changes. Teachers who hold a valid Initial Teaching Certificate as of August 31, 2000, will be allowed to have one more renewal of their Initial Certificate before they must meet requirements for the Continuing Teaching Certificate or move to the new certification requirements.

Teachers who do not hold a valid Initial Teaching Certificate as of August 31, 2000, or let their Initial Teaching Certificate expire after that date will be required to move to the new certification requirements. In order to qualify for the Continuing or Professional elementary or secondary certificate, the candidate must meet criteria established by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Gonzaga University. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the Certification Office in the School of Education regarding those criteria prior to the start of a professional certificate program.

Effective August 31, 1987 "VALID FOR LIFE" certificates are no longer granted.

School of Education
714 E. Boone Ave.
AD Box 25
Spokane, WA 99258-0025
Phone: (509) 313-3594
(800) 533-2554 x3594

Carol Bradshaw
Assistant to the Dean and Accreditation Specialist
(509) 313-3594