CLINTON — Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ recent substitute teacher training classes were so popular, both filling to capacity, that it is scheduling two new sections for those still wanting to get in.

The first will be held on Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 11 to Dec. 16. The second will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., from Jan. 9 to 30.

Anyone with a bachelor’s degree or higher, or a paraeducator, can be authorized to become a K-12 substitute teacher. You do not have to have an education background in order to fill these positions.

To earn their authorization, individuals must complete the Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program, such as this one offered through EICC.

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.

Classes are held at the college’s Urban Center, 306 W. River Drive, Davenport. The minimum age for participation is 21. Cost is $139. For more information or to register call (563) 441-4100.

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