Sep 15, 2020

Substitute Authorization Guide 2020-21: Resources & Requirements

Governor Reynold's proclamation on July 17, 2020 temporarily changes the requirements for substitute teaching throughout the state. In an effort to increase flexibility, these changes now include anyone with any of the following requirements:

  • A Substitute Authorization who is at least 20 years of age
  • A minimum of 60 college credits completed through a regionally accredited college or university 
  • An Associate's Degree or a Baccalaureate degree 

Educators now may serve as a substitute for an unlimited number of days in any assignment PreK - 12 (except Driver's Education). Paraeducators who hold the Paraeducator Certification and Substitute Authorization are able to sub in any classroom setting PreK - 12 (except Driver's Education) on a temporary basis. Changes will remain in effect throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following key resources/link offer you a quick resource for Substitute Authorization throughout the state of Iowa. 

Substitute Authorization Courses:
Grant Wood AEA course options and Statewide Course options
The course may be completed through any approved Iowa provider including all Iowa AEAs. 

Required Trainings for licensed educators: 
Mandatory Reporter training of Child and Dependent Adult abuse
Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Training is available through AEA Learning Online
Additional employee training may be required by the district.

Additional Information:  
Grant Wood AEA Professional Development 
Sherry Sines, Professional Learning Coordinator ssines@gwaea.org
Susan Krob, Registrar gwaeapd@gwaea.org