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.

Teacher with elementary age studentsIt 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. 

Full information is available on the state website..

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.

Upcoming sessions:

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.