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Substitute Authorization License Course

Guest Teach in Iowa Schools with a Substitute Authorization license!

Register at: CLICK HERE TO create an account if you don΄t have one on the AEA Learning Online System.
You can register for an upcoming course at:
AEA Professional Learning


Please Note: Receiving the Substitute Authorization license is not a guarantee of employment. Districts make their own hiring and sub placement decisions. The AEA does not hire subs; you need to contact each district to become a sub.

You must have either a four year college degree or an Iowa Paraeducator license to take this course. Contact the AEA at 563-344-6481 or the BOEE at 515-281-3245 if you have questions about your eligibility to earn and use the Sub. Authorization license.**
This course is for those who DO NOT have a teaching license. Do not take this class if you have a current or expired Iowa Teaching License! Visit BOEE website for renewal info.

Course content: The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics.

This 20-hour course is designed to meet the requirements to substitute teach in Iowa classrooms. Receiving a Substitute Authorization will allow an individual who holds a four-year college degree to substitute teach in grades PK-12 for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who has earned the Iowa Paraeducator certificate (and does not have a four-year college degree), completes the Substitute Authorization course, and receives a Substitute Authorization will be authorized to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed for no more than five consecutive days. This special education classroom may be at the elementary level as well as the middle school, junior high school or high school level (not ELL or preschool).

Application process:
The application for this license is online. The process can be started as soon as you know the course you are taking is going to be held. Visit: BOEE Applitrack License Site

To start your online application to apply for the license, you will need:
• Transcript showing completion of this Substitute Authorization course
• PDF of your Official College Transcripts (paras will add this as an endorsement to a para license)
• Finger Print Cards - cards will be passed out at first class then completed at your local policed station (fees range from $0 – 20)

Fees payable to the BOEE; paid online during the application process:
• Background Check – $75 You will need this even if you had one done for another organization or school. Waived only for those with a coaching authorization or Para License.
• Application Fees - $95 + $3 debit/credit card processing fee
Total = $173

License information: Your license will be valid for 5 years. Please read this link for more information about the license and renewal info: MBAEA Professional Development - Substitute Authorization

If you have taken this course in the past and have an EXPIRED substitute authorization license, you DO NOT need to take this course again - you can renew an expired license at any time. There are no penalties for letting your license expire. Please visit Substitute Authorization information, page 5, renewal info.
Please call 563-344-6481 if you have questions about renewing an expired Sub. Auth. OR Substitute Teaching license.

Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf:

Registrations these following sessions will be taken on our new professional development registration site.

Mississippi Bend AEA, Bettendorf:
12/15/18 & 12/16/18 @ 8:00 - 6:00
Registration closes 12/6/18.
2/10/19 & 2/11/19 @ 8:00 - 6:00
Registration closes 2/1/19.

Muscatine High School:
1/26/19 & 1/27/19 @ 8:00-6:00
Registration closes 1/15/19.

$140; includes the cost of materials (please bring your own 3-ring binder to class); application and back ground check fees are additional (see above)


For more information, contact Betsy Justis at 1-563-344-6481, 1-800-947-2329 extension 6481, or email .

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