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Course Catalog

School of Education

Dean: Yolanda Gallardo

Associate Dean: Joe Engler 

Professors: A. BarrettoE. BennettA. CaseM. DerbyJ. EnglerC. GarnerS. GirtzJ. HunterJ. TraynorK. Weber
Associate Professors: 
N. Barta, B. Burrus, J. Cox, R. McKinneyD. NiedingM. PersonE. RadmerK. RickelJ. SmithR. TurcottA. Wissel,
M. Young
Assistant Professors: A. Ariyo, C. Basile, A. KimK. NittaD. O'Brien, D. Sisci-TaylorC. Zeisner
 J. Neyman,E. Pitman

Professors: J. Burcalow (Emerita), A. Fein (Emeritus), D. Mahoney (Emeritus), T. F. McLaughlin (Emeritus), J. Abi-Nader (Emerita), J. Nelson (Emerita), R. Williams (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: R. Bialozor (Emeritus), J. D’Aboy (Emeritus), J. Dixon (Emerita), P. Hastings (Emeritus), M. Jeannot (Emerita),  C. Johnson (Emerita), (Emerita), C. Salina (Emeritus), J. Shepard (Emerita), J. Sunderland (Emeritus), D. Tunnell (Emerita) 

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 and this tradition and mission are embodied in our theme statement:  Preparing socially responsible professionals who serve with care, competence, and commitment.

Degrees Offered:


The School of Education also offers initial and advanced certification for teachers, and school administrators at the graduate level. Further information on these programs can be found in the graduate catalog. 

Graduate Admission

The Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM) office processes the applications for all SOE graduate programs and graduate level certification offered on-campus and site-based. Refer to the program section in the catalog 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.


All teacher preparation degree programs, and elementary, secondary, and advanced certification programs in the School of Education are 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). CACREP is an accrediting board recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Master’s programs offered in British Columbia, Canada have received consent from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, under the recommendation by the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB). Master’s programs offered in Alberta, Canada have been approved by the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education under the recommendation by the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC).

The Education Specialist in School Psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.


While this catalog 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 of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and outside accreditation agencies. 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.