Substitute Teaching Through SubCentral

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an increased need for substitute teachers. You can help Iowa school districts and students this year by becoming authorized as a substitute teacher, now with more lenient requirements. Grant Wood Area Education Agency houses a computer system called 'SubCentral' that processes substitutes for teachers at 14 school districts including Alburnett, Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Central City, Center Point-Urbana, College Community, Grant Wood, Marion, Linn-Mar, Monticello, Mount Vernon, Springville, Summit, and Xavier Catholic Schools.subCentrallogo_transp2.png

What Substitute Teachers Can Expect:

  • Pay for substitute teachers at the 14 SubCentral school districts ranges from $15.50 per hour for job assignments that are four hours or more to $16.00 per hour for job assignments that are under four hours.
  • Substitute teachers can pick the days they work.
  • Perform all related duties in the absence of the regular teacher.
  • Provide continuity in the day to day classroom environment while supporting student achievement.

Who Can Be A Sub?

It's now easier than ever to qualify to substitute teach!
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:

  • Must have a substitute authorization and be at least 20 years of age (sub authorization courses linked below)
  • 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). Changes will remain in effect throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators who already have a teaching license need not recieve a substitute authorization.

What Training Is Required?

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: 
During the substitute registration process additional training is made available at no charge through SubCentral. Substitute teachers can expect to complete:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Overview of State Requirements Regarding Seclusion and Restraint: Chapter 103
  • Mandatory Reporter: Child Abuse
  • Mandatory Reporter: Dependent Adult Abuse
  • Suicide Prevention and Postvention
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences

Training will be 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
Susan Krob, Registrar

How The Selection/Placement Process Works Once You Are In The System

Each sub will select which district(s) they are interested in working in by completing all of the online payroll paperwork as part of the initial registration. Substitute teachers can always choose to add or delete districts at any time by either requesting to be removed or completing new district paperwork. 

Sheryl Dolley, 
SubCentral Operator

Help Desk: 319-399-6761

If you are already eligible to substitute teach, APPLY TODAY through SubCentral