Instructional Assistant

66-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Instructional assistants are integral to the education team. They provide teachers with instructional and clerical support, allowing more time for lesson planning and teaching. They offer individualized attention to students and reinforce class material included in teacher lesson plans. In the Instructional Assistant program, develop skills to work with students one on one in the areas of math, reading, writing and computers, and facilitate small group activities. Tutor children, create classroom displays, supervise projects and monitor student activities. While graduates of WCTC’s Instructional Assistant program are hired to work in kindergarten through high school classrooms, the focus of the program is preparing graduates to work in elementary and middle schools.

  • Prepare for jobs such as instructional aide, instructional assistant – regular classroom, instructional assistant – special education, kindergarten aide or reading aide.
  • Area public school sites provide practicum experience in the third and fourth semesters.
  • Advanced standing is possible for those who can document appropriate work experience.
  • Additional specialized short-term certificates in Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators and Preschool Credential can complement the degree program.
  • Select credits transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Alverno College. Select program credits may transfer to 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
    • Salary Range: $14,000-$16,000
    • Average Salary: $15,000
    • Median Salary: $15,000
    • Average Hourly Wage: $8.25
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $23,913

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-103 IA: Intro to Educ Practices3  
 522-104 IA: Technology/Media Rsrces3  
 522-106 IA: Child & Adolescent Devel3  
 522-132 IA: Positive Classrm Mgmt Tech3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+*
 804-123 Math w Business Apps3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-101 IA: Teamwork in School Setting3  
 522-102 IA: Techniques/Readg/Lang Art3  
 522-107 IA: Overview of Special Ed3  
 522-111 IA: Guiding & Mnging Behavior3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 809-195 Economics3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
18
  
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-120 IA: Techniques for Science3 *
 522-122 IA: Adv Readg/Language Arts3 *
 522-129 IA: Practicum 13 *
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+*
 Elective 3  
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 522-118 IA: Techniques for Math3 *
 522-124 IA: Support Students w Disab3 *
 522-131 IA: Practicum 23 *
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3 *
 809-196 Intro to Sociology3+*
 
Total Semester Credits
15
  
+ (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 IA: Intro to Educ Practices 3
522-106 IA: 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

College

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
Concordia UniversityBaccalaureate Degreeup to 80
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Artsup 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 in Leadership & Organizational Studies59
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-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 Instructor

Program instructor, Suzanne Koprowski

Suzanne Koprowski

Phone: 262.691.5428

Education

  • BS, Elementary and Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • MA, Special Education, Cardinal Stritch University

Certifications

  • Elementary Education 1-8
  • Learning Disabilities K-8
  • Cognitive Disabilities K-12
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Teaching Philosophy

"I believe that education best serves individuals when learning is student-centered and enjoyable, active, relevant and delivered within a climate that inspires and challenges students to embrace the learning process, and strive for personal growth and excellence."