EICC offers classes to help with substitute teacher shortage – funding available!



Local school districts are struggling with a shortage of substitute teachers. To help support our K-12 partners, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is helping cover the cost of the required course to earn a Substitute Teaching License. To earn your authorization, you must complete the Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program available through EICC. 

What many people don’t realize is you do not have to have a background in education to fill these positions. With new rules recently announced by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, anyone with an Associate's Degree or 60 hours of credit at a regionally accredited institution, or a paraeducator, can be authorized to become a K-12 substitute teacher. These are great positions for people with flexible schedules who enjoy being with students and would like to generate a little extra income.

We’ve had everyone from retirees to recent college graduates complete our program. EICC is hosting an upcoming training session:

  • Thursdays, Jan. 6 – Feb. 17, 6 – 9 p.m., Online via Zoom

EICC Foundations (Clinton, Muscatine and Scott) are pooling funds together to cover the cost of the course for up to 30 students. Those interested just need to fill out a simple application. Application period is closed.

The course content includes ethics, classroom management, diversity and instructional strategies. Upon completion of the course and after the submission of the requirements and fees of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, an individual is eligible to be authorized to substitute in a K-12 institution.

A Certified Paraeduactor who holds the Substitute Authorization is able to substitute in the special education classroom they are assigned, and may be able to serve in other settings, if the district supports this expanded authority and requests permission from the Board of Educational Examiners.

The minimum age for participation is 21. Cost is $165. To register visit eicc.edu/substitute

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-336-3907 or email eiccinfo@eicc.edu