Substitute Authorization - Keystone Area Education Agency
Substitute Authorization - Keystone Area Education Agency

Substitute Authorization

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Keystone AEA to Offer Substitute Authorization Class

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization.  This authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PK-12 classroom. If you are a Certified Paraeducator, this assigned special education classroom may be at the elementary, middle school, junior high school or high school level.

The four core components of the course are Classroom Management, Strategies for Learning, Diversity, and Ethics. Upon successful completion of the program the participant may apply to the Board of Educational Examiners for a license, ($85. issuance fee). A state and federal background check is required ($75 background fee) (also a $3.00 credit card user fee). Local districts have the option of hiring individuals with the Substitute Authorization. It does not guarantee employment. Please check with your local district.

Anyone who meets the following five criteria is eligible to receive this new authorization:

  1. 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.
  2. Has attained a minimum age of 21 years.
  3. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  4. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.
  5. Has successfully completed all the requirements of an approved Substitute Authorization course.

Renewal of Authorization

The period of renewal for this authorization is once every five years. At the time of renewal you will need to submit verification of two 15 contact hour courses taken within the five year period from the date your Authorization was issued, the renewal application form, documentation of Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse training and the renewal fee.

Class Registration through Keystone AEA

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are July 13-15, 2018 at Keystone AEA, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA  52043-9564. The course number is 21831 – Substitute Authorization Course (Elk).     (Friday, July 13th –5:00-9:00 pm;  Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm.)

A minimum of 10 participants is required to make the course a “go”. Participants must attend all sessions. Course fee will be $115.00. Keystone AEA reserves the right to cancel the program due to low enrollment. Notification of cancellation will be made to those registered.

To Register for the class through Keystone AEA go to:

Select the blue and white ‘Register Now’ button.  (Note: When filling out the ‘Course Registration’ page, select the open circle to the left of the word ‘Recert’. Even though you are not a teacher you need to select the Recert option.)

Deadline to register is July 5, 2018.

Once you have successfully completed the Substitute Authorization class

An online application must be submitted to the Board of Educational Examiners. The link to the BOEE License Application website is:

If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or during regular business hours.

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