Foundations of Teacher Education

Foundations of Teacher Education

If you see your career in a K-12 school’s office or classroom, consider Gateway’s two-year Foundations of Teacher Education associate degree. Prepare to work as a learning assistant, paraprofessional or teacher’s aide by studying with qualified teachers and special education specialists in a 100% online program that will help you monitor student activities, evaluate learning, provide feedback and supervise classroom and school events.

  • Develop your portfolio in this teacher’s aide training to show employers how your rigorous coursework and two practicum field placements enhance your skills while you work directly with licensed teachers in general and special education classrooms.
  • Learn on your schedule with online classes that let you manage your time by logging in and completing coursework anywhere you access the web, as you prepare to earn your paraeducator license.
  • Improve the community through a service learning project in the Equity in Education course, which allows students to work with the community and document their impact.
  • Continue your education by transferring the affordable credits you earn at Gateway into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.
  • Graduate ready for licensure as a substitute teacher with a Foundation of Teacher’s Education associate degree aligned to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards.
Program Credits




Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,150
Books & Supplies: $4,886

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Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Substitute Teacher, Paraprofessional, Teaching Assistant, Specialized Educational Aide

Foundations of Teacher Education Career Pathway

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