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Associate in Arts: Educational Foundations Track (2017-2018)

Four-Year College/University Transfer
Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

All campuses
Program Code: 20-800-1.CU


For Information: 414-297-6584

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC Mequon Campus, 262-238-2200
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500 West Allis Campus, 414-456-5500

Overview — This degree program is for students interested in preparing to enter K-12 teacher licensing programs at four-year colleges and universities.

Some of the colleges and universities MATC students can transfer to and pursue careers in teaching include:

  • Alverno College
  • Carroll University
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Lakeland University
  • Marquette University
  • Mount Mary University
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Whitewater

Career Outlook — Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers throughout the United States is expected to grow, especially in areas where enrollments and/or teacher retirements are increasing.

Preparation for Admission — Complete the MATC Admissions process. When applying for admission, use Program Code 20-800-1.CU.

High school diploma or GED required.

Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment required.

Proper immunizations, medical records and criminal background check also required.


Full Admission Requires:

- Completion of the following courses with a grade of C or higher: EDF-249, ENG-201 and MATGEN-110 (or sufficient math placement score)

- A program GPA of 2.5 or higher


To pursue a teaching career by starting at MATC:

  • After you've been admitted to the program, meet with your advisor at least once every semester to select courses
  • Earn your associate degree in Liberal Arts through the Educational Foundations track at MATC, including four teacher preparation courses
  • Complete the reading, mathematics and writing areas of the Praxis Core successfully
  • Complete your associate degree with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Apply to the School of Education at one of the partnering four-year institutions, where you will continue your studies to receive your bachelor's degree in education
  • After you receive your bachelor's degree, you will be eligible to apply for a Wisconsin teaching license

Possible Careers
Kindergarten Teacher
Elementary School Teacher
Middle School Teacher
High School Teacher

Related Programs
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate in Science Degree
Early Childhood Education


Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.
This program will transfer to four-year institutions.

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 


The 64-credit curriculum includes four courses focused on the historical, cultural, sociological and philosophical foundations of urban education:

  • EDF-249: Orientation to Urban Teaching (2 credits)
  • EDF-253: Issues in Urban Teaching (3 credits)
  • EDF-254: Field Experience in Urban K-12 Classrooms (2 credits)
  • EDF-255: Introduction to Teaching (3 credits)

Special attention is given to how race, class, language and culture influence the teaching-learning relationship. Students complete observational and participatory experiences with Milwaukee Public Schools.

Students attain the remaining credits through General Education requirements for admission to four-year college partners. See a MATC program advisor for more information.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

This page updated March 2017.