Foundations of Teacher Education | Western Technical College

Foundations of Teacher Education

Associate Degree

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The Foundations of Teacher Education associate degree program prepares you to engage with students of diverse ages and varying ability levels while operating under the guidance and supervision of a licensed teacher. You will be well-equipped for a fulfilling career as a paraprofessional or educational assistant, offering invaluable support services to school-age students. While this program prepares graduates to serve in a variety of educational contexts, it places a primary emphasis on roles in elementary and middle-level schools.

Graduates of this program possess the knowledge and skills necessary to implement effective instructional strategies, enabling you to assist students with a wide array of academic tasks, including mathematics, science, reading, and writing assignments, in addition to other instructional activities. You will be adept at monitoring student progress, providing individualized support, facilitating small group activities, and offering one-on-one tutoring. Moreover, you'll play an integral role in enhancing the classroom environment by contributing to classroom displays, aiding students with computer and media-related tasks, and overseeing various classroom and school events.

Western's Foundations of Teacher Education program is fully compliant with Title I requirements and fulfills the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for paraprofessionals. Furthermore, graduates of this program have the opportunity to transfer to several universities offering bachelor degree programs in Elementary Education or Special Education.

To view the Foundations of Teacher Education program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Foundations of Teacher Education

This program will cost about $10,013* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, view the Tuition page or Cost of Attendance document.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Foundations of Teacher Education 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding12
Employed in Related Occupation5
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education5
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week37
Median Hourly Wage$14.75
Hourly Wage Range$13.50-$15.00
Median Annual Salary$26,843

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • EBD Paraeducator, Paraprofessional, Regular Ed Para, Special Education Aide

Career Opportunities

Instructional Assistant
Special Education Paraprofessional
Early Education Teacher
Teacher Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • 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

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School or GED/HSED Transcript

Additional Requirements

To enroll in the Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program's Essential Functions and complete a background check. You can find links to these documents below.

In addition, contact the Welcome Center to make an appointment with an Admissions Coach to complete your Intent to Enroll form.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the document below:

Transfer Agreements

Carroll University
Concordia University
Lakeland University
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Viterbo University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

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