Program Description

The Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree program prepares qualified individuals to work directly with learners under the supervision of a licensed teacher. The duties include assisting children with math, science, reading, and writing assignments as well as handling classroom management, clerical and other tasks related to instruction. In addition, instructional assistants work on classroom displays, assist children with computers and media, and supervise various classroom and other school events. Duties may also include monitoring student activities, assisting with reading, correcting papers, tutoring, one-on-one activities and small group facilitation. Instructional Assistants may be hired to provide instructional services to students from Pre-kindergarten through high school. This program meets Title I requirements.

Found in These Career Fields:

Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,035
Books & Supplies: $456

Starting Salary

Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).


100% Online
An aerial view of NTC's Wausau Campus main entrance on a sunny summer day. Trees and greenery frame the spacious side walks that lead up to the light-brown brick building.

Take a Look Around

Explore our campuses to get an idea of what it’s like to be a student at NTC.

Get Started

The application takes just a few minutes to complete.


Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.


Graduates will be able to…

  • Incorporate the reflective process to promote professional growth
  • Perform professional responsibilities
  • Use proactive classroom management techniques
  • Adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of all learners
  • Implement developmentally appropriate practices to foster learning
  • Demonstrate instructional support strategies for content areas


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Special Education Teacher Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Educational Assistant
  • Paraeducator
  • Paraprofessional
  • Special Education Aide
  • Teacher Aide
  • Instructional Assistant


The Foundations of Teacher Education Associate Degree is a 65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

College 101 1.00
EDU: Intro To Ed Practices 3.00
EDU: Technology In Ed 3.00
Intermediate Algebra W/Apps 4.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00

Second Term

EDU: Techniques In Reading 3.00
EDU: Behavior Management 3.00
EDU: Child & Adol Dev 3.00
EDU: Overview Of Spec Ed 3.00
Speech 3.00

Third Term

EDU: Equity In Education 3.00
EDU: Techniques In Math 3.00
EDU: Techniques In Science 3.00
EDU: Practicum 1 3.00
Introduction To Diversity Studies 3.00
Children's Literature 3.00

Fourth Term

EDU: Techniques In Lang Arts 3.00
EDU: Techniques In Soc Stu 3.00
EDU: Supporting Stu W/disab 3.00
EDU: Practicum 2 3.00
Intro To Sociology 3.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

View All Detailed Course Information

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

View all transfer guides

Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

NTC also offers a Net Price Calculator to help estimate costs.

For more information regarding billed tuition and fees visit

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about how the financial aid process works. Please feel free to reach out for more information.

NTC Financial Aid Office


Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.
  • Locally located internship sites cannot be guaranteed. Students may have to move or drive a distance in order to complete internship courses. Scheduled internship attendance days and times for which students must be available vary by agency. Program faculty select, assign, and maintain college contracts with internship sites.

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. There is no fee to apply.

Apply Now

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be emailed to you.