About the Education Program

The Education program at Heritage prepares students for a career in teaching and provides them with all the requirements necessary to move on to a graduate program, if desired. Extra focus is placed on understanding regional concerns and needs, as well as national trends in education. The program stresses the importance of connecting the classroom with the community, allowing students to gain valuable experience through teaching and practicum opportunities at local school districts and community organizations.

One Goal – Two Pathways

Heritage offers two delivery options for candidates seeking a degree in Elementary Education. This means you can choose the pathway that best fits your learning style and life situation.

Theory to Practice Model– Attend engaging, interactive classes, scheduled in the evenings and on weekends, along with field experience that allows you to apply what you are learning in class. This option is perfect for candidates who need to work during the day.  Additional Information >>

Residency Model–Work side by side with peers and an experience classroom teacher in a K-8 classroom four days a week. Spend the fifth day on campus with your teammates and instructors gaining content knowledge and pedagogy. This option allows you to graduate with two years of classroom experience and is available in Toppenish through the HU105 program and in Tri Cities with HU123.  Additional Information >>

Associate of Arts

Candidates can also pursue a Content Concentration in Education with Associates of Arts degree.  This degree is helpful for those individuals who would like to become paraprofessionals.  In some school districts you can also emergency substitute with only an AA degree.