August 21, 2017

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Aug. 21, 2017)—Northwest AEA is 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 of training plus a 2-hour classroom observation.  Northwest AEA has a class scheduled for September 15, 16, & 22, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Sioux City. 

For more information or to register for this class, check out Northwest AEA website (  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).


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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