Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) is an approved provider for several state-recognized certification programs that support school activities. One of these programs is substitute authorization. 

The Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth-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 of training plus a two-hour classroom observation.  

Northwest AEA has a course scheduled for Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Northwest AEA in Sioux City. See a flyer here.

To register for this class, check out the Northwest AEA website at Select the top link titled “Classes” and under Professional Development, choose “Northwest AEA Catalog Classes.” 

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