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Foundations of Teacher Education (Instructional Assistant)

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Students who earn their associate’s degree in Foundations of Teacher Education are trained to understand the complex issues involving the education of today’s children and youth.

This program is structured to provide the necessary skills and knowledge for those wanting to move directly into classrooms and work as a paraprofessional, and it also provides a solid base for those who want to take their career a step further to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a licensed teacher.  Regardless of their choice, WCTC Foundations of Teacher Education grads are highly sought after and become key members of their schools’ education teams.

In Foundations of Teacher Education, acquire the skills to help facilitate student learning in the classroom by providing individualized support and instruction under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Discover strategies to support elementary/middle school instruction in reading, writing, math and science; receive targeted training in managing and guiding young children’s behavior; and gain skills to work with children with special needs. Additionally, develop an understanding of best practices in teaching pedagogy and knowledge of what it means to meet Common Core Standards for highly qualified teachers.

For those who plan to continue their education upon graduating from WCTC, several transfer agreements exist with four-year colleges and universities that offer bachelor’s-level teacher education programs.

While Foundations of Teacher Education program graduates are hired to work in pre-kindergarten through high school classrooms, the focus of the program is to prepare students to work in elementary and middle schools.

  • Prepare for jobs such as paraprofessional, instructional aide, instructional assistant or reading aide.
  • Advanced standing is possible for those who can document appropriate work experience.
  • Area public school sites provide practicum experience in the third and fourth semesters.
  • Additional specialized short-term certificates in Inclusion Credential and the Teaching Strategies Credentials can complement the degree program.  Select credits transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University and other institutions.
  • A physical exam and a criminal background check are required prior to a field placement internship course.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $22,299

Foundations of Teacher Education is only offered as a Blended Options program.

In the Blended Options format, programs are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meet during evening hours. This format is designed primarily for working adults with some college experience. Learn how to become a Blended Options student.

Program Code 10-522-2

Required Courses

Traditional Option

Pathway Option

In traditional option programs, students register for and take a set number of courses each semester, usually five or six. Classes are scheduled throughout the day, and sometimes at night or on weekends, and completed in a conventional manner - two semesters each year.

Generally, most courses are taken on campus in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. Many students who opt for the traditional college option are those who recently completed high school and those who do not hold full-time jobs.

Completing degree and diploma programs in a traditional manner generally takes one to two years, depending on number of credits and type of program; other completion option programs may be structured differently.

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-101 EDU:Teamwork in School Setting3  
 522-103 EDU: Intro to Educ Practices3  
 522-111 EDU: Guiding & Mnging Behavior3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-106 EDU: Child & Adolescent Devel3  
 522-107 EDU: Overview of Special Ed3  
 522-132 EDU:Positive Classrm Mgmt Tech3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+ 
Total Semester Credits
May Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-104 EDU: Technology/Media Rsrces3  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-102 EDU: Techniques/Readg/Lang Art3  
 809-195 Economics3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-120 EDU: Techniques for Science3  
 522-122 EDU: Adv Readg/Language Arts3  
 522-129 EDU: Practicum 13  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
 Elective 3  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-118 EDU: Techniques for Math3  
 522-124 EDU: Support Students w Disab3  
 522-131 EDU: Practicum 23  
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3  
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+ 
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

522-103 EDU: Intro to Educ Practices 3
522-106 EDU: Child & Adolescent Devel 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3
804-123 Math w Business Apps 3
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies 3
809-196 Intro to Sociology 3
809-198 Intro to Psychology 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities


Program Name

Credits Awarded

Alverno CollegeBachelor of Science in Education-Elementary Education/Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Middle School59
Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Carroll UniversityEarly Childhood/Elementary Education (Preschool-grade 6)up to 64
Carroll UniversityDual Certification in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Special Educationup to 64
Carroll UniversityElementary/Middle Childhood Education (Approx grades 1-8)up to 64
Carroll UniversityDual Certification in Elementary Regular Education and Cross-Categorical Special Educationup to 64
Colorado State University-Global CampusBachelor Degreeup to 64
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80
Silver Lake CollegeBachelor of Science (various)minimum of 60
U of PhoenixBachelor of Science (various)varies
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Science in Educationmaximum of 65
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies:Leadership & Organizational Studies60
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Special Education54
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 65
UW-StoutB. S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership33

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.