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Foundations of Teacher Education

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: $25,533

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

Pathway programs provide a progressive educational process. The pathway is structured so certificates can be taken one at a time, ladder into one another, and build toward longer-term credentials such as a technical diploma or associate degree. These additional skills then allow the student career advancement opportunities and higher earning potential.

Diagram of how to read Pathway Option

Courses offered within a given pathway can be offered in more than one certificate; however, the specific course needs to be taken only once along the pathway as it leads to the diploma. For example: if a course is offered in the second certificate and also offered in the diploma, taking the course in the certificate eliminates the need to take it in the diploma.

Pathway courses shown in gray indicate a course that has been offered in a previous certificate listing.

Inclusion (15 credits)

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-103EDU: Intro to Educ Practices3  
 522-107EDU: Overview of Special Ed3  
 522-101EDU:Teamwork in School Setting3  
 522-111EDU: Guiding & Mnging Behavior3  
 522-124EDU: Support Students w Disab3  

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Associate Degree:
Foundations of Teacher Education (66 credits)


Instructional Strategies (12 credits)

 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-102EDU: Techniques/Readg/Lang Art3  
 522-120EDU: Techniques for Science3  
 522-118EDU: Techniques for Math3  
 522-122EDU: Adv Readg/Language Arts3  

(All classes listed here for this certificate)

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Associate Degree:
Foundations of Teacher Education (66 credits)

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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 Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Alverno CollegeBS Education-Elementary Education/Early Childhood and Elementary Education/Middle Schoolup to 59
Cardinal StritchBS Early Childhood through Middle Childhoodfull program
Cardinal StritchBS Elementary Education full program
Carroll UniversityBS Teacher Educationup to 64
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Science in Educationup to 65
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Special Educationvaries

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Bellevue UniversityBachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Scienceup to 66
Concordia UniversityAny Bachelorsfull program
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
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-OshkoshBachelor of Applied Studies:Leadership & Organizational Studiesfull program
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
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 & Leadership50-70

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.

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Carrie Perock

Carrie Perock

Phone: 262.691.5124


  • BA, Elementary Education, Alverno College
  • MA, Educational Technology, Lesley University

Teaching Philosophy

"Over the course of my 25-plus years of teaching, my philosophy has evolved and shifted from an emphasis on me as a teacher, to a focus on students and their learning. I believe students learn best when they are actively involved in their pursuit of knowledge."