Foundations of Teacher Education

Associate Degree

As a paraeducator or preserve teacher, graduates of this program will work directly with students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Your education will prepare you to fulfill multiple roles such as assisting students with assignments, guiding behavior, supporting students with special needs (including personal hygiene), and clerical tasks related to instruction. You may work with children from pre-kindergarten through age 21 during the traditional school day and year. Your career opportunities exist in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

*Before receiving a practicum placement, you will need to complete a background check through CastleBranch.

Program Outcomes

  • Support all learning based on knowledge of subject matter
  • Identify developmentally appropriate child/adolescent physical, social/emotional, intellectual, and language characteristics and  their developmental and environmental impact on learning
  • Adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  • Utilize a variety of instructional strategies, media, and technology to foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving
  • Use proactive classroom management techniques to promote a positive class climate, intrinsic motivation, and optimal learning
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication in working collaboratively within the school setting and interactions with students and families
  • Assist in planning and implementing instructional strategies that reflect the learning cycle
  • Utilize informal assessment strategies to collect data for the support of student learning
  • Incorporate the reflective process to promote student learning and professional growth
  • Assume professional responsibility for ethical, moral, and legal policies and procedures
  • Provide for health and safety needs of students

Graduates Have Found Employment As 

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment as an educational paraprofessional or paraeducator in schools from the pre-kindergarten through high school level. Paraeducators work with children in preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Paraeducators may also work in Wisconsin CESA organizations as well as their community partners.  Paraeducators can also work with children with special needs.

  • Paraeducators

  • Paraprofessionals

  • Teaching Assistants

  • Instructional Assistants

  • Educational Assistants

  • Autism Behavior Technicians

  • Specialized aides in Reading, Math, Computers, or Special Education

  • Autism Line Therapists

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
522-103 EDU: Introduction to Educational Practices 3
522-106 EDU: Child & Adolescent Development 3
522-107 EDU: Overview of Special Education 3
522-111 EDU: Guiding & Managing Behavior 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
522-104 EDU: Technology and Media Resources 3
522-118 EDU: Techniques for Math 3
522-101 EDU: Teamwork in School Setting 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 3
522-129 EDU: Practicum 1 3
522-120 EDU: Techniques for Science 3
522-124 EDU: Supporting Students with Disabilities 3
522-102 EDU: Techniques for Reading & Language Arts 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
Semester 4
522-122 EDU: Advanced Reading and Language Arts 3
522-131 EDU: Practicum 2 3
522-132 EDU: Positive Classroom Management Techniques 3
522-139 EDU: Support Students with Medical/Mental Health Needs 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
 Total Credits60

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
809-159Abnormal Psychology3
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3