Dec 04, 2023  

Elementary Education HU Residency, Alternate Route

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This three semester, one year program is a residency-based teacher preparation program. This pathway is an alternate route (3) to teacher certification. Graduate candidates accepted into HU Residency acquire and become proficient in all competencies identified by the State of Washington as important for becoming strong elementary (K-8) teachers. The program also includes an endorsement in ELL, BLE, or SPED.

Candidates accepted into HU Residency are assigned to a specific classroom with a core teacher three days a week.  Candidates of HU Residency follow the school districts academic calendar. Courses are held on Friday evenings and all day Saturday.  Courses focus on acquiring specific knowledge related to assessment; content in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts.


Teacher Preparation Program Requirements

  1. Passing scores on the three sub tests of the WEST-B (math, reading and writing) or obtaining an assessment waiver.  Approval is granted by the Teacher Preparation Exception Committee.

  2. A conferred baccalaureate degree. 

  3. Meet 3.0 GPA for last 30 semester (45 quarter) credits for admission and maintain a minimum of 3.0 throughout program.

  4. Clear Moral Character and Personal Fitness–WAC 181-86 and 181-87 and RCW 28-A.410.

Teacher Preparation Programs Admission Guidelines

Before starting classes:

  1. Admitted to Heritage University.

  2. Meet 3.0 GPA for last 30 semester (45 quarter) credits for admission.

  3. Conferred baccalaureate degree.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

  5. Submit WATCH form.

  6. Submit Declaration of Major form.

  7. WEST-B: All three sub tests must be taken by the time students begin classes (fee required) or have obtained an assessment waiver from the Teacher Preparation Exceptions Committee.  Test scores must be reported to Heritage University. SAT or ACT exemptions may apply.

  8. Interview by faculty and/or Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB)

  9. Passing scores for the NES (National Evaluation Series) tests for Elementary Education (102&103)

  10. Resume

  11. Purchase Chalk and Wire (ePortfolio). (fee required)


** The College of Education strongly recommends an advising meeting with the Heritage University financial aid office prior to beginning classes.


By the end of semester three:

  1. WEST-E (endorsement) exams must be passed before any candidate can be recommended for certification.

  2. Passing scores on the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

  3. Satisfactory scores on the Professional Competencies Assessment Instrument (PCAI). 

  4. Satisfactory evaluation on the Heritage University Disposition Evaluation.

Other conditions may be identified at the discretion of the teacher education program chair according to his or her professional judgment. 


After completion of co-teaching, steps in teacher certification:

  1. Complete all academic requirements.

  2. Complete all certification requirements.

  • Pass appropriate WEST-B, NES, WEST-E, and edTPA assessments.

  • Maintain valid fingerprints and character clearances.

  • Apply for certification through the OSPI website.


A candidate may be deferred admission to the program if they have:

  • Answered “yes” to any question on the Character and Fitness Supplement, not including section 1, numbers 1 and 2.

  • Deficient completion of General University Course Requirements (GUCRs).

  • Failed to pass all three sub tests of the WEST-B.

  • Concerns expressed on the Assessment of Professional Disposition.

  • Inadequate writing skills, as judged by faculty in the Education and/or English departments.

  • Earned less than an accumulative GPA of 3.0 for the most recent 30 semester or 45 quarter credits.

  • Non-approval of admission by the interview team.

Any candidate deferred admission to the Teacher Certification Program, according to the guidelines listed above, may not enroll in education, bilingual education, early childhood education, or special education classes. All candidates being deferred admission will have a right to appeal the decision to the Chair of Teacher Preparation.

Criteria for maintaining good standing:

Students accepted into M.I.T.(K-8)  must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  

Departmental requirements are subject to change according to state certification requirements. Completion of requirements for a degree does not guarantee that all requirements for certification have been met.


Recommendations for discontinuance are made to the Chair of Teacher Preparation.

Candidates will be removed from the program if:

  1.  They are unable to demonstrate adequate progress in student (K-8 learner) learning

  2.  They are unable to demonstrate adequate progress in content knowledge and skills 

  3.  They are unable to demonstrate adequate progress in pedagogical techniques 

  4.  They are unable to achieve an expected level of classroom management knowledge and skills (as demonstrated by        ability to influence K-8 students)

  5.  They are unable to serve effectively as a mentored resident intern 

  6.  They do not participate actively and effectively in team and school-based learning teams

  7.  They fail to meet expectations for attendance at school site or courses held on Friday and Saturdays.

  8.  They fail to create case-based studies which are a common requirement of all students

  9.  They fail to maintain requirements of the teacher preparation program

  10.  They fail to meet Disposition Standards


Total: 40 Credits

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