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Substitute Authorization


The Iowa Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85 issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee).

Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:
1. Has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization
The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

In Elkader: CANCELLED - did not meet minimum registration
The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training.
The course dates are August 31, September 1-2
(Friday, August 31–5:00-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 1-2 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm.)
Keystone AEA, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA 52043-9564.
The section number is 249734 – Elkader AEA Office
The deadline to register is August 24, 2018.

In Dubuque:
The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training.
The course dates are September 14-16
(Friday, Sept. 14 –5:00-9:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 15-16 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm.)
Keystone AEA, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA 52001-3090.
The section number is 249735 - Dubuque AEA Office
The deadline to register is September 7, 2018.

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class go to: 
Visit the AEA Professional Learning Registration System. If you’re a first time user, select ‘Create Account’. Once you’re logged in, select Courses on the menu bar. In the Course Search box, enter 249735. For the Substitute Authorization course listed, select the ‘Register’ button for the appropriate date and location.

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class
An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or during regular business hours.