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B.Ed. in Community, Culture, and Language Education



What will I learn?

The School of Education’s mission is to prepare socially responsive and discerning practitioners to serve their community and profession. The School of Education strives to:

Model and promote leadership, scholarship, and professional competence in multiple specializations • Create a supportive environment that is challenging, inclusive, reflective, and collegial • Foster inquiry, intellectual creativity, and evidence-based decision-making to accept the challenges facing a global society • Provide academic excellence in teaching, advising, service, and scholarship • Promote, support, and respect diversity

For those seeking Elementary (K-8) certification, the Department of Teacher Education offers a B.Ed. in Community, Culture, and Language Education. This degree is designed to be paired with elementary certification, Reading and English Language Learners (ELL) endorsements. While it is primarily intended for students who are seeking Elementary certification, the degree will also attract those who seek a deeper understanding of and ability to navigate cultural and linguistic differences, as well as the tools to work in non-educational settings to build and support communities for the benefit of all.

Secondary certification candidates major in an endorsement area (e.g., English, Mathematics, Spanish, Biology, History) and take the necessary courses to obtain secondary certification as well.


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, Gonzaga’s faculty, staff, and teacher candidates form supportive relationships that encourage service for others and responsibility to each other. These experiences, in addition to the coursework, give teacher candidates significant time in the field working with K-12 students in the Spokane area.

From the beginning of education coursework, strong partnerships with the local K-12 schools provide opportunities for applying the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to field experiences. Students complete a minimum of 90 hours of classroom experience prior to their full semester of student teaching. Qualified university supervisors and cooperating teachers provide strong mentoring support at all field practicum levels.


Students from Gonzaga’s School of Education are trained to become highly qualified professionals in education and, as a result, experience excellent career outcomes upon graduation. In recent years, first-year placement rates are outstanding. On average, 90 to 95 percent of Gonzaga University Teacher Education graduates are employed in an educational setting within their first year.

The teacher preparation programs have affiliation agreements with over 30 public and private school districts in the state of Washington. This allows our students to experience a wide variety of school settings, cultures, and programming during their teacher preparation program.

All teacher preparation programs are approved by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). Completing a teacher preparation program at Gonzaga University, therefore, qualifies a candidate as an out of state program completer when applying for licensure in other states.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (128 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$51,266.00 per year
Application deadline

17 April 2023

Start date

10 January 2023, 15 May 2023


School of Education

502 East Boone Avenue,



99258, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

For international students

As an applicant for admission, you are expected to graduate from an accredited high school with a college preparatory curriculum.

iBT / TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) iBT: 80+

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6.5+

PTE (Pearson Test of English) 56+

iTEP Academic Plus 4.5+

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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