Foundations of Teacher Education

Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and by enrolling in the Foundations of Teacher Education program, you have the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in just two years leading to a career as an Instructional Assistant or Paraprofessional.

As an Instructional Assistant or Paraprofessional, you can make a difference by working directly under the supervision of a licensed classroom teacher to implement lesson plans to better support individual students.

The majority of employment opportunities come within K-12 schools and the job responsibilities often include tutoring in reading, writing, math or science as well as working with small groups or in special education classrooms. 

This program covers the needs of special education students as well as the general population.  It also meets the Title I requirements and is aligned with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Paraprofessional Standards and Teacher Standards and leads to DPI Paraprofessional licensing.

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