Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Substitute Authorization

Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a new proclamation as of July 17, 2020, which allows for increased flexibility in the use of substitute teachers during the disaster emergency period as follows: 

  1. The day limitation (5 days in a row, 10 days in a month, in any one assignment) for holders of a substitute authorization is removed, and the long-term substitute day limit (90 days) is removed. 

  2. The degree requirement to obtain a substitute authorization is changed from a bachelor’s degree to an associate’s degree or 60 semester hours through a regionally-accredited institution. The substitute authorization course is still required. 

  3. The age requirement of 21 years of age for a substitute authorization is changed to age 20. 

  4. Paraeducators who hold the limited substitute authorization to serve as a substitute only in their own special education classroom may serve as a substitute in any classroom (except driver’s ed). 

    1. Paraeducators need to hold a substitute authorization to serve as a substitute teacher. 

    2. If the paraeducator holds a regular substitute authorization, they may serve as a substitute teacher in any classroom except driver’s ed (this is not a change). 

    3. If the paraeducator holds the limited substitute authorization to serve as a substitute teacher only in their own special education classroom, they may substitute in any classroom during this proclamation. 

  5. Holders of a career and technical authorization with at least one year of experience may serve as a substitute in any classroom (except driver’s ed). 

Substitute Authorization is offered virtually by each AEA. Click here to view the schedule and details. You're welcome to participate in any training; it does not need to be within your AEA. Cost is $100, and the authorization is good for five years. 

Contact Carrie Guerin for assistance.

To register for an upcoming course, you need to create an account at this link:

The next day you will be able to register for the Sub. Auth. Course or visit the AEA PD Registration site 

 
Use the email and password in the account you created on AEA Learning Online.
Click on the Courses tab across the top and then enter 167641 in the search box. 
You can then select the dates that meet your needs.

 

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