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 program 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 2-hour classroom observation. Northwest AEA has a class scheduled for Sept. 15, 16 and 22 from 8:30 a.m–4:30 p.m. in Sioux City.

For more information or to register for this class, check out Northwest AEA website at 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 at or  712/722-4378 or 800/572-5073 ext. 7805.