Proclamation of Disaster Emergency, Signed 7/17/2020

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: 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. The age requirement of 21 years of age for a substitute authorization is changed to age 20. 
  4. 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). 
    1. Paraeducators need to hold a substitute authorization to serve as a substitute teacher. 
    2. 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). 
    3. 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.
  5. 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

  1. Click here to enter the AEA online system to search for the AEA substitute authorization course. 
  2. Once you are logged in, click “view all” next to “my learning opportunities.”
  3. Next, search for “substitute authorization” in the search bar at the top:
  4. You may also contact your local AEA directly.
  5. Questions about AEA course offerings should be directed to the AEA. 

Additional providers: