Heritage University Holding Meetings on Innovative Teacher Preparation Program in Richland

<p>Greg Craber</p>

Greg Craber

People who are interested in becoming teachers are invited to learn more about the most innovative teacher preparation program in the country, which is now expanding into the Tri-Cities. HU105, a joint project between Heritage University and Educational Service District (ESD) 105 in Yakima, is holding two informational meetings at the Carmichael Middle School library in Richland tonight and again next Wednesday night.

The Professional Education Standards Board recently cited HU105 as unique because it trains students to become teachers by placing them directly into elementary and middle school classrooms. The candidates work in teams of three and are supervised by a certified teacher. By the time they graduate, they have up to two years of experience teaching students. Candidates also earn an English Language Learner endorsement, and now, for the first time in the program’s four-year history, a special education endorsement as well.

Children who learn in HU105 classrooms benefit by receiving greater attention from their teacher, more individualized study, and quicker response from teachers to their academic needs.

Interested candidates can attend the informational sessions at Carmichael Middle School, which is located at 620 Thayer Drive in Richland. Each session runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.