Substitute Requirements

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While Gov. Kim Reynolds declares a state of emergency, school districts have been given the approval to follow updated substitute hiring requirements. The SCCSD will adhere to these requirements for the extent of time set forth by Gov. Reynolds. Click here to view the updated substitute hiring requirements.

Requirements for Teaching Substitute Positions  

Those interested in applying for a substitute teaching vacancy must provide proof of the following: 

AND one of the following: 

Substitute Authorization Course

An Iowa Substitute Authorization is required for individuals holding a BA in a subject other than education. If you hold a bachelor’s degree: receiving a substitute authorization will allow you to substitute in grades PK-12. 

Before you can apply for your substitute authorization from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners you must first complete a substitute authorization course through an Area Education Agency (AEA). Visit the Northwest AEA (NWAEA) website for more information as well as class schedules for substitute authorization classes offered through the NWAEA. 

Remote Substitute Authorization Classes

All licenses are issued through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE). To apply for a substitute license with the BoEE please visit the BoEE website.  Applicants must apply directly via the BoEE website. 

What is the Substitute Authorization?

This 20-hour course is designed to meet the requirements for the Substitute Authorization Program. Eligible participants must be 21 years of age, and meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Completed 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university
  2. Earned an associates degree
  3. Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher

Holders of a career and technical authorization with at least one year of experience may serve as a substitute in any classroom (except driver education) as long as they hold the substitute authorization license.

The course includes components on ethics, diversity, instructional strategies, and behavior management.

When you are Ready to Register

  1. Log into the AEA Professional Learning Registration site (use the same login information as you do for Bloodborne Pathogens, Mandatory Reporter, etc)
  2. If you do not have an account, create an account at AEA Learning Online. The next business day, log into our statewide AEA Professional Learning Registration site using the same email and password you used on the AEA Learning Online site.
  3. Once you are logged in, select the courses tab and type in the course or section number listed above or search for substitute authorization.

Requirements for Non-Teaching Substitute Positions 

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED) 
  • Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) paraprofessionals whose duties include instructional support, must meet one of the following: 
    • Two years of study at an institution of higher education. The institution must have met five criteria of the Higher Education Act, Section 101(a). All classes must be at level 100 or higher. 
    • Associate degree or higher. All associate degrees are acceptable. 
    • Obtain voluntary certification through the Board of Educational Examiners; or 
    • Meet a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness). 
  • No good faith extensions. All paras must be qualified at the time of employment.