Top School in Spokane for Teaching Degrees

Jan 02, 2019

Few schools in the Spokane, WA area have top ranking teacher education programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for teacher education, as well as tuition and degree information.

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School and Ranking Information

To become a licensed educator in the state of Washington, students must earn a bachelor's degree and complete a teacher certification program. Certification can be completed through a post-baccalaureate or graduate program, and teachers must hold endorsements (specializations) in one or more subjects.

Students in Spokane, WA, looking to pursue teacher education training can find six schools with relevant programs within a 25-mile radius of the downtown area. Based on criteria such as student-faculty ratios and available program rankings, the top three choices are as follows:

  • Winner: Gonzaga University is a not-for-profit 4-year private school. Out of the three schools, Gonzaga ranks highest among Regional Universities (West) and Best Value Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report. It also boasts the highest graduation rate, putting it in first place. The school offers a bachelor's and master's degree related to teacher education.
  • Runner Up #1: Whitworth University is also a 4-year private school. Whitworth shares the very low student-faculty rate of 11:1, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and it also offers an attractive internship program. The school offers a bachelor's and master's degree as well as a postgraduate certificate.
  • Runner Up #2: Eastern Washington University (EWU) is a 4-year public school. EWU offers a large campus and is ranked as a top 20 public school in the West by U.S. News & World Report. The school has programs with bachelor's, master's, and postgraduate certificates as awards.

School Comparison Chart

Category Gonzaga University Whitworth University Eastern Washington University
Ranking 4th in Regional Universities (West), 3rd in Best Value Schools* 9th in Regional Universities (West), 4th in Best Value Schools* 62nd in Regional Universities (West), 20th in Top Public Schools*
Location Spokane, WA Spokane, WA Cheney, WA (14 miles from Spokane)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $33,652 $34,346 $7,933 (in-state), $18,678 (out-of-state)
Teacher Education Degree Program Offered Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificate Bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, postgraduate certificates
Teacher Education Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2011-2012 295 134 296
Most Popular Teacher Education Degree Program in 2011-2012 Master's degree (255 awarded) Master's degree (102 awarded) Bachelor's degree (208 awarded)
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class 83% 80% 46%
Noteworthy Gonzaga was graded highly on their teaching program by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board in 2009*** ****The School of Education was awarded the 2013's Model of Excellence Award from the Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education *****EWU is the state's fastest growing public university

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Gonzaga University, ****Whitworth University, *****Eastern Washington University.

Winner: Gonzaga University

  • Student-faculty ratio of 11:1
  • The average freshman retention rate is 91.8%, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • The Rosauer Center for Education includes a Technology Resource Center, as well as departments for counseling, special education, and applied behavior analysis

Gonzaga University's Rosauer School of Education offers a variety of Teacher Education programs at the bachelor's and master's level. Students may choose to pursue undergraduate certification through a Bachelor's of Education in physical or special education, or a Master's of Initial Teaching (MIT). A concentration in special education is also available at the master's level. Additionally, non-degree seeking students may enroll in elementary and secondary Education certification programs.

Runner-Up #1: Whitworth University

  • Student-faculty ratio of 11:1
  • In 2011, education was the university's sixth most popular major, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • For the 2011-2012 school year, 98% of first-time undergraduates received financial aid, according to NCES

Whitworth University offers a bachelor's program in Teacher Education with elementary, secondary, and special education concentrations. At the master's level, students may pursue a Master of Education degree with specializations in administrative leadership, clinical mental health or school counseling, educational administration, and elementary or secondary education. Whitworth also features a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program with concentrations in special education and gifted/talented. Additionally, online programs are available for endorsements in cultural & linguistic diversity studies and English language learners, as well as teaching the gifted. Graduate students have the opportunity to complete a year long internship at one site with one experienced teacher.

Runner-Up #2: Eastern Washington University

  • In 2011, education was the fourth most popular major, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Features a 300-acre park-like campus

EWU offers several program options for those interested in pursing a degree in teacher education. Aspiring educators may choose from a Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE), which focuses on elementary and secondary education, or a Master of Education (MED) with a specialization in adult education, early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, educational foundations or leadership, instructional media and technology, or literacy. A Master in Teaching (MIT) program is available for those who would like to simultaneously pursue a master's degree and Washington residency teaching certification. EWU has a 75% retention rate for first-time students, according to NCES data.

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