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Substitute Authorization Course to be offered at Keystone's Decorah Field Office

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 + $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.


Class Registration through Keystone AEA

The Substitute Authorization course is a 20-clock hour training. The course number is 11804 - Substitute Authorization Course (Decorah).


Date: January 5,6, and 7

Times: January 5th (5-9pm); January 6-7th (9am-5:30 pm)

Location: Keystone AEA, Decorah Field Office

700 Ridgewood Drive

Decorah, IA 52101-2303


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 go to:  http://bit.ly/2nADqCZ

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 December 20, 2017.


If you have any questions, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us during regular business hours.

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