Teresa Washut Heck


  • Teacher certification programs

Teresa Washut Heck received her doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Montana in 1999. From 2000 to 2005, she was the director of the Office of Clinical Experiences at St. Cloud State University, where she was instrumental in developing a pilot model of co-teaching in student teaching. The initial findings of this work provided the impetus to further investigate the implications of a co-teaching model of student teaching, eventually leading to a five-year, $5 million Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant in 2003 from the U.S. Department of Education to study the impact of co-teaching on teacher candidates and the P-12 students they serve. Heck was the coordinator of co-teaching for the grant at SCSU. Heck is a professor in the kinesiology department and is the co-director for The Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration at SCSU. Heck has published and presented on using a co-teaching model for student teaching, professional development for teacher candidates, and using technology in student teaching evaluations. She has experience as a K-12 educator and draws on that knowledge to bring the perspective of secondary teachers and students.