July 17, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE – Use of Substitute Teachers
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- The age requirement of 21 years of age for a substitute authorization is changed to age 20.
- Paraeducators who hold a paraeducator certificate with 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).
- Paraeducators need to hold a substitute authorization to serve as a substitute teacher.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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 Course Providers
- Click here to enter the AEA online system to search for the AEA substitute authorization course.
- Once you are logged in, click “view all” next to “my learning opportunities.”
- Next, search for “substitute authorization” in the search bar at the top:
- You may also contact your local AEA directly.
- Questions about AEA course offerings should be directed to the AEA.