- Substitute Authorization allows an individual with a baccalaureate degree who has completed the Substitute Authorization program to substitute at all grade levels (beginning December 17, 2014) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment at a time, and no more than 10 days a month in any one assignment.
- People who earned the Substitute Authorization prior to December 17, 2014 when they were only allowed to substitute at the middle and high school levels, will now be able to substitute at all grade levels.
- Paraeducators who hold a Paraeducator Generalist Certificate and complete the Substitute Authorization program are authorized to substitute, but only in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed. This applies to all grade levels, including elementary. A paraeducator cannot substitute in a general education classroom.
Who is eligible for the Substitute Authorization?
Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive substitute authorization:
- Has achieved at least one of the following: (1) holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, OR (2) has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification Program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
- Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
- Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
- Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
- Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.
What is the difference between a Substitute Authorization and Substitute Teaching license?
- A substitute teaching license is based on the completion of a teacher education program. The substitute teaching license authorizes the individual to substitute teach on any level, in any area for a maximum of 90 days in one assignment.
- The substitute authorization allows a person with a baccalaureate degree to substitute in grades PreK-12 for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment at a time, and no more than 10 days a month in any one assignment. It allows a paraeducator who completes the paraeducator training to substitute in the special education classroom where the person serves as a paraeducator for no more than 5 consecutive days.
What are the requirements to get my Substitute Authorization?
Please view the Substitute Authorization application for a complete list of directions.
May I begin substituting while I am waiting for the training to be offered or while I am enrolled in the training program?
No, you must successfully complete the Substitute Authorization course and hold the Substitute Authorization before you can be employed as a Substitute.
May I continue substituting if my substitute authorization has expired but I am taking classes to renew?
No, you must successfully complete two semester hours of credit, submit your renewal application to the state, and hold that Substitute Authorization before you can continue substituting. You do not need to re-take the Substitute Authorization course. The two semester hours of credit must have been completed within the past five years. When renewing, follow all the directions for requirements on the BoEE Substitute Authorization Renewal Application.
Can I get an extension for my Substitute Authorization?
The Board of Educational Examiners does not issue extensions for Substitute Authorization.
When are substitute authorization classes offered?
Substitute Authorization courses are throughout the year at various sites. These courses are twenty contact hours. Registration will take place in My267. For additional assistance, see Participant Registration Help.
A minimum number of ten participants is needed in order to hold the class. Registration is recommended at least two weeks prior to the start date in order for us to monitor enrollment. Professional Learning Department reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.
What is the cost of the Substitute Authorization class?
The course fee total is $125: ($95 for course fee, $30 for materials fee).
How do I sign up for a Substitute Authorization class?
Once I have my substitute authorization class completed, how do I make everyone aware I am available?
Once you are authorized to substitute, you should contact the districts you want to work in and apply.
How long is the authorization good for?
The Substitute Authorization is good for three years during which time you need to earn two credits for renewal.
I am getting ready to renew my Substitute Authorization. What do I need to do?
Two semester hours of credit (in an area related to education or working with students) earned during the term of the license (after the issue date and before the expiration date) are required for renewal. These credits may be completed for staff development credit from an Iowa Area Education Agency or undergraduate or graduate college credit from a regionally accredited institution. Please view the Substitute Authorization renewal application for a complete list of directions.
Once I finish the Substitute Authorization course, how long will it take before I can substitute teach?
First, you will need to submit your Substitute Authorization application to the Board of Educational Examiners (BoEE). Then, allow the BoEE four to six weeks to process your application. Once you receive your certificate from the BoEE, you can begin to substitute teach.
I need two Substitute Authorization credits in order to renew my Authorization. Where can I find courses to take?
AEA PD Online: Courses are offered online on the AEA PD Online website. To view a list of all courses, click on the Search button.
My267: Our online course catalog provides an updated list of all of AEA 267’s course offerings. A column is provided next to the course details listing the credit types issued for each course, including those issuing Substitute Authorization credits or licensure renewal credits. For additional assistance, see Participant Registration Help.
Where can I find out more information about Substitute Authorization?
Information regarding substitute authorization can be obtained from the Board of Educational Examiners website.