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Foundations of Teacher Education Program Details

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.

Just the Facts

Foundations of Teacher Education
60 Credit Associate Degree

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Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $9,598

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

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Paraprofessional
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Instructional Assistant

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