Dr. Laura Heitritter ’84 Master of Education Instructor


Ed.D., Liberty University
M.Ed., University of Sioux Falls
B.A., Northwestern College
Education Specialist, Drake University


Dr. Heitritter currently serves as a special education strategist with the Northwest AEA. Prior to her retirement from Northwestern, she served in many full-time roles including department chair, licensure official, and professor of undergraduate and graduate education courses. Before joining Northwestern's education department, Dr. Heitritter served as a language arts consultant and taught at both public and Christian elementary schools.

EDU345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities

This course focuses on learning oral language and the implications that has for learning written language. A major part of the course is devoted to designing effective remedial education programs for Title I and special education. Special attention is paid to early intervention programs. This is an upper level course, designed for students completing reading and special education endorsements. Prerequisites: EDU243WI and EDU326.(3 credits) Note: This course includes a field experience.

"Implementing the edTPA: Lessons Learned from the Field," Association of Christian Schools International, June 2015

"Iowa Elementary Principals' Perceptions Regarding the Essential Competencies of First-Year Teachers and Their Relationship to the Iowa Teaching Standards and Other Professional Standards for Beginning Teachers," Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE), October 2005

Educational Services Consultant, Area Education Agency 4, 1989 to 1992

Title I Teacher, Boyden-Hull Elementary School, 1987 to 2018

Teacher, Hull Christian Elementary School, 1984 to 1987

Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE), board member appointed in 2018

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

Delta Kappa Gamma (professional society for women educators), inducted in 2018

International Reading Association

Iowa Reading Association (conference leadership)

Northwest Iowa Reading Council (leadership board and past president)