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Foundations of Teacher Education Overview

If you love working with school-aged children and feel a career in education is calling you, the Foundations of Teacher Education associate degree program at Chippewa Valley Technical College is right for you. The two-year program is offered online and face-to-face. The typical instructional assistant or paraprofessional will work under the supervision of a licensed teacher, performing a variety of tasks in the classroom including monitoring student’s activities, tutoring, correcting papers, proctoring assessments, facilitating small groups and supervising various classroom and school events.

CVTC's Foundations of Teacher Education degree program is convenient, affordable and flexible. The online classes make it easy to perform coursework whenever it is convenient. Students will benefit from instructors with teaching experience. Students will gain practicum experience and training at area public schools. CVTC's Foundations of Teacher Education program meets Title I requirements and fulfills the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA Act) for paraprofessionals. CVTC's Foundation of Teacher Education program will provide opportunities to concentrate in Career and Technical Education disciplines leading to Secondary CTE teaching careers.

Career Opportunities

Child Specialist

Instructional Assistant


Special Education Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Graduate Employers

Cadott Elementary

Eau Claire Area School District

NE Metro 916

Just the Facts

Foundations of Teacher Education
60 Credit Associate Degree

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Two Years

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Eau Claire

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 Estimated Total: $10,712

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Foundations of Teacher Education program.

Child & Adolescent Development
Provides an overview of physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, social/emotional and growth and development birth through adolescence. Analyzes social, parental, cultural, brain, and economic influences on development.

Intro to Educational Practices
This course will include the study of historical, philosophical and social foundations of education; issues and trends including diversity affecting our schools of today including elementary, middle level and secondary educational settings. An overview of the governmental basis of education; fundamentals of teaching methodologies, learning styles, questioning techniques and basic assessment practices will be addressed.

Guiding & Managing Behavior
Recent trends in education support a shifting paradigm from reactive discipline to proactive, preventive classroom management. This course will provide the learner with research-based concepts and strategies which can be used to prevent behavior problems from occurring in the classroom and respond to misbehavior. Practical application of strategies to organizing instruction, creating a positive classroom climate, building positive student relationships, implementing sound instructional methods, enhancing motivation and responding effectively to inappropriate classroom behavior will be emphasized. Effective student communication and problem solving will be practiced in class with a focus on developing skills, which will assist in empowering children to take an active role in self-control and classroom management.

Foundations of Teacher Education Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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67% of our recent Foundations of Teacher Education graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Foundations of Teacher Education professionals make an average starting salary of $30,908.


Regional Jobs

There are 184 job openings in the CVTC district for the Foundations of Teacher Education industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Focus On Student Success

I feel that my experience in the Foundations of Teacher Education program well prepared me for the job I have currently and has helped me feel prepared for the course work I will be taking to earn a BS in Special Education.

Stacy, Foundations of Teacher Education Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Child Care Services, Technical Diploma

Early Childhood Education, Associate Degree

Library & Information Services, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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