Foundations of Teacher Education

60-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Code 10-522-2

Those working with elementary/middle school students understand the complex educational issues involving children. In this program, acquire skills to help students learn by providing individualized instruction under the supervision of a licensed teacher. Provide support with reading, writing, math and science; develop strategies to guide young children’s behavior; and gain skills to work with children with special needs.

How Long It Will Take

Depending on course load, full-time students could complete this program in two years.

Start Date

You can begin this program in the fall semester.

How This Program Is Offered

Courses are organized into manageable eight-week segments that meet during evening hours and online.

 What Makes This Program Unique

  • Practice learned skills in K-12 settings throughout the program. Area public school sites provide practicum experience in the third and fourth semesters.
  • Upon completion, graduates are eligible to apply for a Short Term Substitute Teacher License and begin instruction as a substitute teacher in the classroom.
  • Earn embedded credentials in Inclusion and Instructional Strategies along the way as you complete your degree.
  • Work as a paraeducator in pre-K through grade 12 settings, or take your career a step further to earn a bachelor's degree and become a licensed teacher.

Courses You'll Take

For the courses you’ll take, semester sequence, pathways and course descriptions, view the program catalog page.

Credit for Prior Learning

You may have the opportunity to obtain credit for the college-level skills and knowledge you've already acquired. Learn more about credit for prior learning.

Substitute Teacher License

How To Apply

Still have questions? Visit the Admissions page or contact the Office of Admissions | 262.691.5200.

Deadlines To Know*

Fall 2020 Start

  • Submit application by August 3, 2020
  • Complete checklist items by August 10, 2020

Spring 2021 Start

  • This program cannot be started in spring.

* Application deadlines are subject to change based on program demand.

Financial Aid Eligibility

As a program student, you are eligible to receive:

  • Financial aid loans
  • Scholarships
  • Other forms of assistance

Learn more about financial aid.


The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors, including where you live, how your program is delivered, how long it takes to finish your program and the financial aid you receive.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

Program iPad is required for this program ($399). This must be purchased through WCTC’s Bookstore.

Career Salaries

$24,000 – $36,000 annually

Salary range estimates based on wages for related occupations in Waukesha County as reported by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Individual wages may vary based on experience, industry, location and specific job requirements.

Check the WCTC Graduate Success Report to view our graduates’ entry wages.

Potential Careers

Those working as para-educators enjoy working with students and providing support to classroom teachers. If you like being around school-age children and are compassionate to their needs, can take direction from lead teachers and members of the educational team, and are patient, a job as a para-educator might be for you.

  • Para-educator
  • Instructional Assistant
  • Special Education Para-professional
  • Early Education Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant

Transfer Options

Whether you're a high school student interested in earning college credits or a college student interested in transferring to a four-year university after graduation, our dual-enrollment and transfer-credit agreements will help you take the next step in your education and career.

High School Dual Credits

Dual enrollment offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a head start in high-demand fields through earning college credits. Learn about the credit options.

Transfer Opportunities After WCTC

WCTC has credit transfer agreements with many four-year institutions that allow our degree graduates to transfer credits into a baccalaureate program, often at junior-level standing.

College Program Name Credit Awards
Cardinal StritchBS Early Childhood through Middle Childhoodup to 49
Cardinal StritchBS Elementary Educationup to 49
Carroll UniversityBS Teacher Education with Certification Optionsup to 64
UW-Green BayBS Education, Ages 6-12/1333+
College Program Name Credit Awards
Colorado State University-Global CampusAny Bachelors Degreeup to 64, 10% tuition discount
Franklin UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeJunior Standing
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
MSOEBachelor of Business AdminJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition discount for WCTC grads
Purdue GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-Green BayOrganizational Leadership - Bachelor of Applied StudiesBlock of 60 credits
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiescredits vary, 100% online
UW-StoutBS Management (100% online)up to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education & Training (100% online)up to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership50-70

Transfer Tips

  • Contact the school to which you'd like to transfer to make sure you understand its transfer policy.
  • Talk to your WCTC program advisor about your intent to transfer so he/she can help you plan.
  • If you're transferring within the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, contact your desired institution about its transfer policy and visit the UW System's transfer resource page.


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Program Instructors

Carrie Perock, MA | 262.691.5124