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Foundations of Teacher Education

60-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

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
 522-102 EDU: Techniques/Readg/Lang Art3  
 522-106 EDU: Child & Adolescent Devel3 *
 522-107 EDU: Overview of Special Ed3 *
 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
 522-132 EDU:Positive Classrm Mgmt Tech3  
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-122 EDU: Adv Readg/Language Arts3  
 522-124 EDU: Support Students w Disab3  
 522-129 EDU: Practicum 13  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-118 EDU: Techniques for Math3  
 522-120 EDU: Techniques for Science3  
 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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View course descriptions of all required courses

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

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 Education with Certification Optionsup to 64
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 50%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
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."