Become an Iowa substitute teacher or athletic coach with EICC’s authorization classes



If you’ve ever considered becoming a substitute teacher or a high school athletic coach, now is a great time to earn the needed credentials with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Iowa Substitute Teaching and Iowa Coaching Authorization courses. 

Our affordable, convenient classes make it easy to fit into your schedule. There are options for both coaching and substitute teaching. The substitute teaching courses are currently being offered online. 

Iowa Substitute Teaching Authorization


Iowa Coaching Authorization/Hybrid


Local school districts are struggling with a shortage of substitute teachers. What many people don’t realize is you do not have to have a background in education to fill these positions. With new rules recently announced by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, 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. To earn their authorization, individuals must complete the Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program available through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges. We have had everyone from retirees to recent college graduates complete our program. 

The course content includes ethics, classroom management, diversity and instructional strategies. Upon completion of the course and after 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 20. Cost is $99.

In addition to the substitute teaching classes, EICC also has an Iowa Coaching Authorization course scheduled in January. All coaches, even volunteers, need to have either a coaching endorsement or a coaching authorization before they can begin working as a coach and this program certifies individuals to coach in the state of Iowa. 

The Coaching Authorization option is intended for those who are not licensed teachers, or for licensed teachers who do not need or want to earn a Coaching Endorsement. The course content includes structure and function of the human body; prevention and care of athletic injuries; human growth and development and theory/methods and ethics of coaching. Cost is $390. 

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