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 PreK-12th grade classroom 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 plus a 2-hour classroom observation.   Northwest AEA has a class scheduled March 16, 23, and 30, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., in Sioux City.  We also have one scheduled for April 24, 25, & May 2 in Sioux City.  On Friday, April 24 the class will meet from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m., and then on Saturdays, April 25 and May 2, it will meet from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for this class, check out Northwest AEA website (www.nwaea.og).  Select the link on the left that says, “Search for Professional Development” and then click on “register.”

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