The HU Residency teacher preparation program trains candidates to become teachers in as little as three semesters. Working in teams of four, candidates are placed in a local elementary or middle school as full-time practicing teachers,and gather for content seminars one day each week. The real world classroom experience provides invaluable insight into effective classroom management and the team approach not only provides mentoring and collaboration experience but enhances learning for both the candidates and the students in the classroom. Experience, expedience and performance. Find out why HU Residency has been hailed as one of the most innovative teacher prep programs in the State if not the Country.
- Master in Teaching candidates complete a three-semester, 36-credit program
- Bachelors of Arts in Education candidates complete a four-semester, 63-66 credit program.
- Candidates earn a Washington State Residency Teacher Certificate with elementary education and ELL endorsement.
This option is available in Toppenish through the HU105 program, and in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla with HU123.
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HU Residency Q & A
What would I do as an HU Residency candidate?
Work full-time in a school district for 1.5 to 2 full school years
Serve as a member of a 4-person teaching and learning team
- learn how to plan and deliver individualized or differentiated instruction
- participate in weekly seminars which blend issues of content with issues of practice
What are the benefits of HU Residency?
Hands-on Learning: You'll gain firsthand teaching experience from start to completion, spending four days each week in a real classroom. The classroom experience is complimented by interactive content seminars each Friday.
- ELL Endorsement Included: As an important part of the program, candidates receive their ELL endorsement making HU105 grads highly marketable.
- Start Work Sooner: Since the program requires only 3-4 semesters, you can enter the workforce sooner.
- Financial Aid Forgiveness: Graduates hired in high-need school districts are eligible for financial aid forgiveness.
- Number 1 in the State: HU Residency graduates are highly sought after by Washington public schools. Over 97% of the 2012-2013 graduates are currently working as classroom teachers, nearly twice the rate of most other universities in Washington.
Where can I get more information?
Contact either Julie Johnson at email@example.com or Michelle Story at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Admission to HU Residency Teacher Preparation Program
- Apply to Heritage University Graduate or Undergraduate program. >>Apply Online<<
- Write a letter of application for admission to the program
- Explain reasons for your interest in teaching (focus on school settings.
- Describe experiences with children (especially experiences in school settings).
- Describe your special knowledge, skills, and experiences (e.g. bilingual, math/science background, work with special needs students, etc.)
- Maximum of two typed single-spaced pages.
Minimum GPA of 2.6 for the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) of coursework
- Complete the Washington Educator Skills Test - Basic (WEST-B) subtests in reading, writing, and math. Go to the website: west.nesinc.com for information on registering.
- Participate in the group interview process.
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