About the Program
- Alternative Route 4 Teacher Preparation Program
- Earn your Master in Teaching (MIT) degree in just one year
- Work as a full-time teacher--and get paid!-- while completing your degree!
- Available at our main campus in Toppenish AND at our satellite campus at Columbia Basin College in Pasco
- Partner districts include: West Valley, Yakima, Selah, Wapato, Toppenish, Mt. Adams, Granger, Grandview, Sunnyside, Pasco, Kennewick, and Mabton
- Beyond our partner districts, we are able to work with many schools throughout the Yakima Valley and Tri-Cities area!
- Must be an emergency substitute teacher or employed by a school district prior to application.
"[The Accelerate program] has been especially rewarding...the stuff you do in class directly relates to what you do in your own classroom, and you see those successes. It is a rigorous program--a lot of work, a lot of time--but to be able to say that you completed a master's in a year...it's worth it."
-Jeremy Baird, HU Accelerate student
- Certify in Elementary (K-8) Education
- Earn an additional endorsement in Special Education, Bilingual Education, or English Language Learners
- Takes just three semesters to complete
- Attend our intensive 6-week summer institute before beginning the school year
- Attend campus courses two weekends per month during Fall & Spring semester
- Cohort-style program with in-person courses: develop professional networks and enjoy the support of your cohort during your first year of teaching!
"HU Accelerate met me just where I was at professionally. I knew I was ready to become a teacher, but I also knew that I didn't want to be observing in a classroom for a year or more. I was ready to teach! With Heritage's accelerated Master's in Teaching, I was able to teach right away and work towards certification and a Master's Degree at the same time. Can't beat that."
Linda Raynes, HU Accelerate student
- Primary pre-requisite: Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 30 semester credits (45 quarter credits) of course work will be verified from transcripts.
- Completed application to the Graduate Program of College of Education
- Write a letter of application: Addressed to the Teacher Preparation Program Chair
Explain reasons for your interest in teaching (focus on school settings)
Describe experience with children (especially in school settings)
Describe your special knowledge, skills and experience (e.g. bilingual, math/science background, work with special needs, students, etc.)
Maximum of 2 page typed single-spaced
- Passage of the Washington State Educators Skills Test-Basic (West-B) sub-tests in reading, writing and in math; request scores to be reported to Heritage University (SAT or ACT exemptions may apply). For further information, refer to our Resources page.
- Passage of two NES (national Evaluation Series) assessments 102 and 103. The NES is used to fulfill the requirement for candidates applying for endorsements on Washington residence teaching certificates. Passing the NES or West-E assessment is required for admission to the HU Accelerate program. For additional information, refer to our Resources Page.
- Complete interview with the College of Education
- Collaboration with the College of Education and partner School Districts to ensure an Offer of Employment for the Fall
For more information regarding the program and application process, contact the Program Coordinator:
Kari Terjeson, Ph.D.
HU Accelerate Sample Budget