Northwest AEA is an approved provider for several state-recognized certification programs that support school activities. One of these programs is the substitute authorization. 

The substitute authorization allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high or high school for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. Eligible participants are persons who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed the paraeducator certification and are currently working as a paraeducator in a special education classroom. All candidates must be at least 21 years of age and must successfully complete the DCI/FBI background check. The training consists of 20 hours of training plus a two-hour classroom observation.

Northwest AEA has classes scheduled for February 7, 14, 21, 28, and March 7, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Le Mars.

For more information or to register for this class, check out Northwest AEA website at <>. Select the link on the right that says “Professional Development/Conference/Workshops.”

For further information or any questions regarding this certification, please contact Joyce Vander Wilt at or 712/722-4378 or 800/572-5073 ext. 7805.