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 is a specialist in reading who has conducted research on student teachers' skill in classroom and behavior management. Prior to her retirement from Northwestern, she served in many roles including department chair, licensure official, and professor of undergraduate and graduate courses. Before joining Northwestern's education department, Dr. Heitritter served as a language arts consultant and taught at both public and Christian elementary schools.

EDU343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems

(3 credits) (Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems focuses both on the role of formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading. In addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of students. Students will be required to write and revise their work for professional audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be examined. Writing is a significant part of each exam. Note: A practicum experience is a key component of this course. This course includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328.

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: EDU326 and 343.(3 credits)

"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)