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Associate Degree

Foundations of Teacher Education

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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) 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.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Foundations of Teacher Education
60 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $10,693

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Career Opportunities


Special Education Assistant

Substitute Teacher

Teacher Assistant

Graduate Employers

Altoona Head Start

Cadott Elementary

Chippewa Falls Area School District

Eau Claire Area School District

NE Metro 916

Western Dairyland Naples Head Start

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Foundations of Teacher Education graduates reported an average starting salary of $30,092.



86% of our recent Foundations of Teacher Education graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 253 job openings in the CVTC district for the Foundations of Teacher Education industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

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

Sample Courses

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.

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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.


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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.

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Transfer Pathways

Education Pathway


Early Childhood Educator

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