CLINTON — Substitute teachers are in high demand in many school districts and what people don’t always know is a teaching degree is not required to fill these positions.
Anyone with a bachelor’s degree or higher, or a paraeducator, can be authorized to become a K-12 substitute teacher. However, individuals must complete the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program.
For the first time, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges will be offering the training program in Clinton. The class will be held for five consecutive weeks on Saturdays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 through March 17 at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd.
The course content includes 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 for up to five consecutive days in one job assignment.
An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed.
The minimum age for participation is 21. Cost is $139. For more information or to register call (563) 441-4100.