Become an Iowa Substitute Teacher



Local school districts are struggling with a shortage of substitute teachers. To help support our K-12 partners, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is offering 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. 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 offering the following live online and in-person courses this spring:

  • Starting January 7 (2 Sessions)
    Scott Community College Urban Campus
    101 West Third St., Davenport
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  • Starting February 6 (5 Sessions)
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  • Starting March 11 (2 Sessions)
    Scott Community College West Davenport Center
    2950 Fairmount Street, Davenport
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The course content includes topics concerning ethics, classroom management, diversity, and instructional strategies. Upon completion of the course, and 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.

Paraeducators who hold the limited substitute authorization to serve as a substitute only in their own special education classroom may now serve as a substitute in any classroom.

The minimum age for participation is 21. Cost is $100. The Live Online class will be conducted using the Zoom video webinar platform, and will require a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access. 

Visit to register.

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-336-3907 or email