August 21, 2020

SIOUX CITY, IA (Aug. 7, 2020)—Iowa's AEAs are offering classes to become a substitute teacher. The 20-hour course is designed to meet the requirements for the Substitute Authorization Program. Receiving a Substitute Authorization will allow an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree to substitute in grades PK-12 for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate and completes this course will be authorized to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom (any level) in which the individual is employed, for no more than five consecutive days. The course includes components on ethics, diversity, instructional strategies, and behavior management. Participants will be required to complete three hours of classroom observation. 

In addition, Northwest AEA is offering Substitute Authorization on Oct. 19, 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 from 9:00 to noon via Zoom. Please see details here.

To see the course dates and times, please click here. If you have questions about the courses, please contact Joyce Vander Wilt at


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

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