February 1, 2021

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Feb. 1, 2021)—Northwest AEA will host Substitute Authorization classes in March, beginning on the 15th. This course is designed to meet the requirements for the Substitute Authorization Program. Receiving a Substitute Authorization will allow an individual who holds an associate’s degree or has completed 60 semester hours through a regionally-accredited institution to substitute in grades PK-12. An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without an associate’s degree and completes the Substitute Authorization course will be authorized to substitute in any classroom except driver’s education.

During the Governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency signed July 17, 2020, a Substitute Authorization may be issued to an individual who:

1. has successfully completed all the requirements of the approved Substitute Authorization course;

2. has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds an associate’s degree or has completed 60 semester hours through a regionally-accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate from the Iowa Board of EducationalExaminers; and

3. has attained a minimum age of 20 years.

Please find more details in this flyer.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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