Education

Education

A degree in education not only prepares you to be a teacher but also provides a path to inspiring in others a passion for learning. Whether you want to be a principal, college administrator, teacher or tutor, you’ll learn about classroom management, the psychology of students, and which teaching methods are most useful for different types of learners.

About Our Programs

Heritage offers multiple undergraduate program pathways to obtain your Washington State teaching certificate and Bachelor’s Degree. If you have any questions, please reach out to the College of Education directly at collegeofed@heritage.edu or 509-865-8650.

Our undergraduate Education programs give individuals like you a pathway into this rewarding career so you can make a real and lasting impact. Best of all, you can leverage your existing Associate’s of Arts- Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) degree or 45 quarter/60 semester credits to earn a Bachelor’s degree and the credentials you need to become certified to teach at the K-8, 4-9, 5-12, or K-12 level.

You can earn a Bachelor’s degree in as little as four semesters. Simply choose the path that best fits your goals, learning style, and life situation.


Bachelor’s Degree Program Specifics

Delivery Format: The education program is designed for individuals who want to work in the education field. Education classes primarily take place over the Fall and Spring semester, on Monday-Thursday evenings with an occasional online or Friday course to accommodate work and internship hours within the school districts.

Delivery Method: Classes in the education program are offered in a traditional face to face model (in keeping with Health Department recommendations), a synchronous hybrid online model, and in an asynchronous online format.

Regions and School Districts Served: Heritage University primarily serves South Central Washington schools in Education Service Districts 105 and 123, but will accomodate students throughout Washington State.

Heritage University exists on Yakmumamí Tiichám (the land of the Yakama People).  We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and the first peoples who have stewarded it throughout the generations, and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water, and to their ancestors.

Location – Heritage University’s education programs are offered through our main campus in Toppenish, WA and our satellite campus on the grounds of Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA.

Admissions Priority Application Deadline: February 15th.  Applications received after Feb. 15th  will be considered on a case by case basis. 

For any student interested in any of the below educational pathways, a Heritage University Application and a Teacher Preparation Application must be submitted. In addition, all education students must complete their WEST-B, SAT, or ACT  exams for Reading, Writing, and Mathematics prior to the start of the program. Following the completion of the HU application, Teacher Preparation Program Application, and WEST-B, SAT, or ACT exams, an interview will be scheduled prior to the start of the program.

Pathways 

Please complete our Program Inquiry Form if you are interested in any of the below education programs.  A copy will be sent to you, the education and content-specific advisor.

Program Inquiry Form

Bachelors of Arts in Education Degree: Elementary Education (Grades K-8) with an endorsement in English Language Learning/ Bilingual Language Education (Grades K-12) and an Emphasis in STEM Education

HU Innovate is a teacher preparation program for a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an English Language Learners/ Bilingual Language Education endorsement and emphasis in elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The program is four semesters, the last of which is a semester of student teaching in a classroom!

This degree is offered at both the Toppenish and Tri-Cities campus. The course schedule for this program includes courses that take place in the evenings or online. This program is ideal for candidates who are working their way through school and also have an interest in teaching with a STEM emphasis and/or English Language Learners.

Upon successful completion, a student in the Innovate  program will earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education with a WA State Teaching Certification with an Elementary Education K-8 Endorsement and an ELL/BLE Education K-12 Endorsement.

Other Undergraduate Education Pathways Offered at the Toppenish Campus 

 Non-Teaching Certificate Pathways

  • Associate of Arts Degree: Concentration in Elementary Education
  • Bachelors of Arts Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education/Psychology

Middle Level (Grades 4-9 Teaching Certificate) Pathways 

  • Bachelors of Arts in Education Degree: Middle Level Humanities (Grades 4-9)
  • Bachelors of Arts in Education Degree: Middle Level Mathematics (Grades 4-9)

Secondary Level (Grades 5-12 Teaching Certificate) Pathways 

All Grade Levels (Grades K-12 Teaching Certificate) Pathways

Career Options

Paraeducator (K-12)
Early Childhood Teacher (P-3)
Elementary Education Teacher (Grades K-8)
Middle Level Education Teacher (Grades 4-9)
Secondary Education Teacher (Grades 5-12)

Degree Offerings

Education Department

Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree, B.A. Ed.

Elementary Education (K-8) Innovate

Middle Level Education (4-9)

Associate of Arts Degree, A.A.

Concentration in Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts Degree, B.A.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education/Psychology

English Department

Bachelor of Arts Degree, B.A.

Secondary English/ Language Arts Education (5-12)

Mathematics Department

Bachelor of Arts Degree, B.A.

Secondary Mathematics Education (5-12)

Visual Arts Department

Bachelor of Arts Degree, B.A.

Visual Arts Education (K-12)

State/Territory Licensure Information

Program Faculty & Staff

Ken Bergevin

Ken Bergevin

Chair, Education Administration Program

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Livia Castilleja

Certification Officer

Rick Cole

Rick Cole

Associate Professor

Shari Foster

Shari Foster

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Yusuf Incetas

Yusuf Incetas

Associate Professor

Gloria Jones-Dance

Gloria Jones-Dance

Assistant Professor

Paul Landry

Paul Landry

Associate Professor

Claudette Lindquist

Claudette Lindquist

Executive Director, HUELC

Margarita Magana

Margarita Magana

Director, Outreach & Recruitment

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Kristen Maxwell

Assistant Professor

Joanie-Monroy

Joanie Monroy

Associate Professor

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Dr. Marisol Rodriguez-Price

Associate Professor

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Ed Rousculp

Special Assistant to the Provost, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & Director, CILT

Kari Terjeson

Kari Terjeson

Chair, Department of Teacher Education

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Raquel Vijarro

Office Assistant