Iowa Eases Substitute Teacher Qualifications


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced on July 17, changes in the qualifications for individuals wishing to become K-12 substitute teachers. Now, anyone with an Associate's Degree or 60 hours of credit at a regionally accredited institution can become a substitute teacher. The move was made due to the expectation for increased demand in the coming year.

Teacher with elementary age studentsIt also greatly changes the lengths of time a substitute teacher can fill in. The day limitation (five days in a row, 10 days in a month, in any one assignment) for holders of a substitute authorization is removed, and the long-term substitute day limit (90 days) is removed.

Also, the minimum age for participation has been reduced to 21. 

Full information is available on the state website..

These are great positions for people with flexible schedules who enjoy being with students and would like to generate a little extra income. To qualify, individuals must complete the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program available through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

We’ve had everyone from retirees to recent college graduates complete our program.

Upcoming sessions:

The course content includes Ethics, Classroom Management, Diversity and Instructional Strategies. Upon completion of the course and submission of fees to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, an individual is eligible to substitute in a K-12 institution for up to five consecutive days at a time

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.

Cost is $139. For more information or to register call 563-441-4100.