Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree

Program Code: 105222

As an educator, you 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.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Employment Potential

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 can also work with children with special needs. Most job opportunities in this field coincide with the public school system with regard to workdays, holidays, and summers.

    The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

    • 615221, Introduction to Paraeducator Careers Pathways Certificate
    • 905221, Supporting Children's Learning Certificate

    Requirements for Program Entry

    • Completed application.
    • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
    • It is necessary to show good health as evidenced by a medical examination including TB test within 90 days prior to beginning practicum classes.
    • To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
    • Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to complete a Caregiver Background Check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
    • Attend mandatory program orientation.
    Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown. Courses are offered online, and may be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met. Four program courses are offered in-person each semester. Below is a suggested timeline:
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    Curriculum Note: Required 90 practicum hours in classroom under supervision of K-12 teacher. NWTC Faculty arranges practicum settings for/with students. Students are required to achieve a grade of “C” or higher in the practicum courses to continue in or graduate from this program.

    Completed criminal background check required annually. It is necessary to show good health as evidenced by a medical examination including having a TB test administered within 12 months before practicum placement. Wisconsin Caregiver Law. NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (2009 WISCONSIN ACT 76). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through A fee is charged for this service. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

    10-804-134, Mathematical Reasoning, does not transfer to a four-year college. See a counselor for math options.

    The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.

    Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-522-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree Program. A student must repeat the particular course with a "C" or better final grade to continue in or graduate from this program. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.

    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.
    • Incorporate the reflective process to promote professional growth.
    • Perform professional responsibilities.

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    • Completion of a Wisconsin Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) portfolio is required to graduate from this program.

    Study Abroad Opportunities

    The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit