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.
It 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 20.
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.
- Saturdays, Aug. 1 – 29
Muscatine Community College McAvoy Center, 1403 Park Ave., Muscatine
- Saturdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 10
Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Blvd., Clinton
- Tuesday evenings, Sept. 15 - Oct. 27
Scott Community College Urban Campus, 101 W. Third St., Davenport
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
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 (except driver’s ed).
Cost is $139. For more information or to register call 563-441-4100.
Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-336-3907, email email@example.com or contact the college nearest you and ask to speak to an advisor.
- Clinton Community College, 563-244-7000
- Muscatine Community College, 563-288-6000
- Scott Community College, 563-441-4000
It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.