Substitute Teacher Training

Requirements Before Starting

  • Have a Completed Bachelors or Associates Degree, or Paraprofessional Educator’s License
    • We offer a Paraprofessional Educator License. Learn More


$260 | Tuition

Things You Need to Know

  • After the Two Day Substitute Training You Will Have to Complete Two Classroom Observations
  • Complete Mandatory Reporter/Child Abuse Training
  • You Will Have to Apply for the Substitute Authorization Certificated Through the Board of Educational Examiners
  • Complete a Board of Educational Examiners Background Check
  • Upload Your Official Transcripts and Substitute Authorization Training to the State

About the Program

Iowa Western offers the Board of Educational Examiner’s approved Substitute Authorization course, which allows an individual to substitute in a K-12 institution for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a Associate’s Degree and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed. All students must complete two classroom observations after the two-day course is complete. Students are responsible for arranging the observations with the school of their choice.