Heritage's Teacher Training Program Expanding To Tri-Cities
TOPPENISH, WA – Heritage University in Toppenish is expanding its teacher preparation program to the Tri-Cities.
HU105, a joint project between Heritage University and Educational Service District (ESD) 105 in Yakima, trains students to become teachers by placing them directly into elementary and middle school classrooms. The program will be offered through the Richland School District next fall.
The candidates work in teams of three and are supervised by a certified, or "core" teacher. By the time they graduate, the candidates already have a year and a half to two years of experience teaching students.
"In the classrooms that house HU105 teacher candidates, we have seen improvements in attendance, and learning outcomes of the students," says Mark Cheney, HU105 Project Co-Director at ESD 105.
HU105 teacher candidates also have the opportunity to receive preparation to teach students with special needs and receive their English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement.
Over 97% of the program's 2012-13 graduates are currently working as classroom teachers.