Substitute Authorization

Substitute Authorization

About the Program

Iowa Western offers the State of Iowa (BOEE) approved, Substitute Authorization course. Work in elementary, middle, or high school settings! These are highly desirable positions available in your area that require a combination of coursework, a state of Iowa BOEE Substitute Teacher application, (which includes a background check) to be qualified for hire in your school district.
Substitute teaching is a perfect career if you need a flexible work schedule or if you need to align your work with school holidays and calendar due to personal commitments.  Both part-time and full-time positions are available.  Complete this class from the convenience of your own home in a matter of days or weeks.  Let your next career milestone begin with us! Start earning your Substitute Teacher authorization today!

Choose from In-person classes, zoom classes, or self-paced classes

Self-paced classes are taught asynchronously.  Assignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussions to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials.

Required Textbook for Online Classes:

Stedi  Substitute Teacher Handbook
ISBN-13, ‎978-0982165737

To qualify for the substitute teacher authorization students must possess ONE of the following:

  • 60 completed units of College Classes
  • A post-secondary degree of AA, AS, Bachelors, or higher

Holders of a paraeducator generalist certificate who do not meet the educational requirements above may also complete the course, but will be eligible for a limited substitute authorization area of concentration only to substitute in their assigned paraeducator classroom.

Mandatory requirements for completing the  BOEE Substitute Teacher application process include:

  • A mandatory background check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Mandatory Reporter/Child Abuse Training before your first day of teaching

For more information regarding the State of Iowa BOEE application requirements visit the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

Available Courses

   06/08/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

June 8th and 9th from 8am-5pm In-Person

Complete course work needed for Substitute Authorization in one weekend. This training allows individuals to substitute teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Educational Prerequisite is student must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificate, an associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to complete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 06/08/24
End Date: 06/09/24
Seats Available: 4
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   08/10/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Aug 10th and 11th from 8am-5pm 

Complete course work needed for Substitute Authorization in one weekend. This training allows individuals to substitute teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Educational Prerequisite is student must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificate, an associate degree or 60 credits hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to complete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 08/10/24
End Date: 08/11/24
Seats Available: 15
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   09/14/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Sept 14th and 15th from 8am-5pm In-person

Complete course work needed for Substitute Authorization in one weekend. This training allows individuals to substitute teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Educational Prerequisite is student must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificates, an associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to compete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 09/14/24
End Date: 09/15/24
Seats Available: 15
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   10/12/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Oct. 12th and 13th from 8am-5pm in-person

Complete course work needed for Substitute Authorization in one weekend. This training allows individuals to substitute teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Educational Prerequisite is student must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificate, an associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to complete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 10/12/24
End Date: 10/13/24
Seats Available: 15
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   11/09/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

Nov. 9th and 10th from 8am-5pm in-person

Complete course work needed for Substitute Authorization in one weekend. This training allows individuals to substitute teachers in K-12 classroom settings. Educational Prerequisite is student must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificate, an associate degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to complete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 11/09/24
End Date: 11/10/24
Seats Available: 15
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus
   06/03/24 - Council Bluffs Campus

06/03/2024-06/30/2024  Self-pace online class 

Course will be on Canvas. Students must be 21 years or older and have one of the following prior to the course; a Paraeducator Certificate, an associate degree or 60 credits hours from an accredited institution. Upon completion of this class, participants will need to work with the State of Iowa to complete their Substitute Authorization application. We will provide information regarding the remaining requirements needed to complete the application. Your State of Iowa application may take 4-6 weeks to process. 

Start Date: 06/03/24
End Date: 06/30/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs Campus

July 1st- July 28th  Self-pace online 

Self-paced classes are taught asynchronously. Assignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussions to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials. Required Textbook for online classes is ISBN: 0982165730 Stedi Substitute Teacher Handbook. 

Start Date: 07/01/24
End Date: 07/28/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs

August 5th- August 26th  Self-Pace 

Self-paced classes are taught asynchronously. Assignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussions to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials. Required Textbook for Online Classes: is ISBN 0982165730 Stedi Substitute Teacher Handbook 

Start Date: 08/05/24
End Date: 08/26/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs

Sept 2nd- Sept 29th  Self-Pace 

Self-paced classes are tuaght asynchronously. Assisignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussions to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials. Required Textbook for Online Classes is ISBN 0982165730 Stedi Substitute Teacher Handbook. 

Start Date: 09/02/24
End Date: 09/29/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs

Oct 7th- Oct 31st   Self-Pace 

Self-paced classes are tuaght asynchronously. Assisignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussion to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials. Required textbook for online classes is ISBN: 0982165730 Stedi Substitute Teacher Handbook. 

Start Date: 10/07/24
End Date: 10/31/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs

Nov 4th- Dec 1st  Self-pace 

Self-paced classes are taught asynchronously. Assignments are online. Students will complete modules each week which will allow for students to interact through threaded discussions to enhance their participation and understanding of class readings and materials. Required Textbook for Online Classes is ISBN: 0982165730 Stedi Substitute Teacher Handbook. 

Start Date: 11/04/24
End Date: 12/01/24
Seats Available:
Cost: $260
Location: Council Bluffs