EICC offers classes to become substitute teacher


Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) is offering the required course to earn a Substitute Teaching License. 

To become a substitute teacher requires completion of the Board of Educational Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program available through EICC. 

What many people don’t realize, EICC said in a news release, is that you do not have to have a background in education to fill these positions. 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 jobseekers with flexible schedules who enjoy being with students and would like to generate a little extra income, EICC said.

The district is offering the following live online courses: Monday, Oct. 17, through Monday, Nov. 14, (five sessions) from 6-9 p.m. It will be hosted online via Zoom.

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

The minimum age for participation is 21. Cost is $100. The training will require a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access. Visit eicc.edu/substitute to register.

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