Foundations of Teacher Education

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Foundations of Teacher Education Associate of Applied Science degree prepares learners to work directly with students under the supervision of a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction certified and licensed teacher.  The duties include assisting students in grades K-12 with subject area activities and assignments as well as handling classroom management, working with students with identified needs, clerical and other tasks related to instruction.  Under the guidance of a cooperating teacher, students will review and prepare lesson plans and assessment activities.  This program meets Title I requirements.

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

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate instructional support strategies for content areas
  • Implement developmentally appropriate practices to foster learning
  • Adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  • Use proactive classroom management techniques
  • Perform professional responsibilities
  • Incorporate the reflective process to promote professional growth

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 Spec Ed 3
522-105 EDU: Behavior Management 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
522-104 EDU: Technology in Education 3
522-118 EDU: Techniques for Math 3
522-112 EDU: Equity in Education 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
801-198 Speech 3
Semester 3
522-129 EDU: Practicum 1 3
522-120 EDU: Techniques in Science 3
522-102 EDU: Techniques in Reading 3
Mathematical Reasoning
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
522-124 EDU: Supporting Stu w/Disab 3
Semester 4
522-131 EDU: Practicum 2 3
522-119 EDU: Techniques for Social Studies 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
522-139 EDU: Support Students with Medical/Mental Health Needs 3
522-114 EDU: Techniques in Lang Arts 3
 Total Credits60-61

General Education Courses Within Program

801-136English Composition 13
804-134Mathematical Reasoning3-4
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3