EICC classes set to certify Iowa substitute teachers

To help K-12 local school districts struggling with a substitute teacher shortage, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is offering the required course to earn a Substitute Teaching License.

To earn authorization, attendees must complete the Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program available through EICC. 

What many don’t realize is that you do not have to have a background in education to fill these positions, EICC said in a news release. 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.

The college district said these are great positions for people with flexible schedules who enjoy being with students and would like to generate a little extra income. Participants ranging from retirees to recent college graduates have completed the program.

EICC is hosting an upcoming training session:

  • Saturday & Sunday, July 23-24: 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., SCC Urban Campus, 101 W. Third St., Davenport.

The course content includes ethics, classroom management, diversity and instructional strategies. Upon course completion and 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.

Participants must be at least 20 years old. Cost is $100. To register visit eicc.edu/substitute.

For more information, call toll-free 1-888-336-3907 or email [email protected].

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