Master in Teaching

Master in Teaching

A master’s degree in teaching will help you realize that the education process is about much more than sharing content. It’s about creating independent learners who have the critical thinking skills to grow and thrive.

About Our Program

Our Master in Teaching program gives professionals 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 bachelor’s degree to earn a master’s degree and the credentials you need to become certified to teach at the K-8 level.

You can earn a Master in Teaching (MIT) degree in as little as one year. Simply choose the path that best fits your goals, learning style and life situation.

Heritage offers multiple graduate  program pathways to obtain your Washington State teaching certificate and Master of Teaching.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the College of Education directly at CollegeofEd@heritage.edu or 509-865-8650.


Master in Teaching Program Specifics

Class Days and Format: The Master in Teaching program is designed for individuals working in the Education field. Classes primarily take place over the Summer, and on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters to accommodate work and internship hours within the school districts.

Classes in the education program are offered in a traditional face to face model (in keeping with Health Department recommendations), a synchronous 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 due by March 1st. Applications received after March 1st will be considered to fill remaining cohort availability. A Bachelor’s degree is prerequisite for the Master in Teaching programs. 

For students interested in any of the Master in Teaching  pathways, a Heritage University Application and a MIT 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 and NES 102 and 103  exams prior to the start of the program. Following the completion of the HU application, Teacher Preparation Program Application, and WEST-B, SAT, or ACT and NES exams, an interview will be scheduled prior to the start of the program.

Pathways

HU MIT – Theory to Practice

This path allows you to participate in engaging, interactive classes held on the Heritage University and Columbia Basin College campuses on Friday evenings and during the day on Saturdays. You will spend four semesters in the classroom before spending your final semester student teaching in a K-8 classroom.

Upon successful completion, a student in the Theory to Practice program will qualify for a Master in Teaching and a WA State Teaching Certification with an Elementary Education K-8 endorsement.

HU MIT – Residency (WA State Route 3)

This is an alternate route (3) to teacher preparation for Washington state. This program partners you with a core teacher in a classroom from September through May. This residency experience gives you a year of classroom experience as a mentored resident intern (student teacher). It allows you to earn your degree in 11 months while working side by side with peers and an experienced classroom instructor in a K-8 classroom three days a week. The other days during the week you would have the opportunity to be paid as a para educator or substitute teacher.

Upon successful completion, a student in the Residency program will qualify for a Master in Teaching, WA State Teaching Certification with an Elementary Education K-8 endorsement and an additional endorsement in English Language Learner, Bilingual Education or Special Education.

HU MIT – Accelerate (WA State Route 4)

The HU Accelerate program is the fastest route we offer to earn your Master in Teaching. Like the Residency program, Accelerate starts in June and allows you to earn your degree in 11 months (three semesters) while working as a paid full-time teacher. The program is challenging but rewarding, as you are working full-time as the teacher of record in the position you secured and attending classes.

Upon successful completion, a student in the Accelerate program will qualify for a Master in Teaching, WA State Teaching Certification with an Elementary Education K-8 endorsement and an additional endorsement in English Language Learner, Bilingual Education or Special Education.

Career Options

Early Childhood Teacher (P-3)
Elementary Education Teacher (Grades K-8)
Secondary Education Teacher (Grades 5-12) * with additional testing requirements

State/Territory Licensure Information

Degree Offerings

Program Faculty & Staff

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Livia Castilleja

Certification Officer

Rick Cole

Rick Cole

Associate Professor

Shari Foster

Shari Foster

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Gloria Jones-Dance

Gloria Jones-Dance

Assistant Professor

Paul Landry

Paul Landry

Associate Professor

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Claudette Lindquist

Executive Director, HUELC

Yusuf Incetas

Koray Lynx

Associate Professor

Margarita Magana

Margarita Magana

Director, Outreach & Recruitment

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Kristen Maxwell

Adjunct Faculty

Joanie-Monroy

Joanie Monroy

Associate Professor

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Dr. Marisol Rodriguez-Price

Associate Professor

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Ed Rousculp

Adjunct Faculty

Kari Terjeson

Kari Terjeson

Chair, Department of Teacher Education

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Raquel Vijarro

Office Assistant