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Substitute Authorization - Registration Now Open - Face to Face session will be held on 2 Saturdays in December!

The Substitute Authorization course addresses the four components required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiner on ethics, diversity, classroom management, and strategies for learning. 


A Substitute Authorization may be issued to an individual who:

  • Has attained a minimum age of 21

  • Has successfully completed all the requirements of the approved Substitute Authorization course.

  • Has achieved at least one of the following (1) Holds an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree or has completed 60 semester hours through a regionally accredited institution or (2) hold a Paraeducator Certification from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

  • Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and National Criminal history background check


Receiving a Substitute Authorization will allow an individual to substitute in grades PK-12 for no more than ten consecutive days in a thirty-day period in one job assignment for a regularly assigned teacher who is absent, except in the driver's education classroom.  

Paraeducators who hold a Paraeducator Certificate without an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree or 60 semester hours of credit and complete the Substitute Authorization course will be authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom to which they are assigned for no more than 10 consecutive days in a 30-day period. (Be advised and research Governor Reynolds Proclamation of Disaster Emergency details, which are reviewed monthly)

Registration Details

Course Name: MB - Substitute Authorization

Course #: 202558       Section #: 309519

Cost: $125.00

Format: Face to Face

Class dates:  Saturday, December 4th and Saturday, December 11th

Class times: 8:30 - 4:30 pm

Location: Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 - 21st Street, Bettendorf, IA

Registration ends: December 1, 2021

First-time users

Begin by creating an account in AEA Learning Online 
CW's AEA Learning Online document with password

  • Do not create a second account within the system, as that can cause lost training records and issues logging in.  If you have created a previous account, first try to reset your password, and then check with your district contact person.

  • Remember to add employment information. If new to your district, reach out to the district’s Human Resource department for the password.

  • More information regarding AEA system registration can be found here

Applying for a license

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners’ (BoEE) application directions will be provided during the course,  fees include a $75.00 background check (waived only for those with a coaching authorization or Paraeducator certification), and the $85.00 application fee. The process can take up to 4 - 6 weeks to approve. Once the application has been approved the Substitute Authorization will be valid for five years. During the five years, two relicensure credits must be completed along with Mandatory Reporter certification.

Employment Opportunities

AEA’s do not place substitute teachers and having the license does not guarantee work.  Reach out to your preferred district administration office for details, a list of Mississippi Bend AEA school partners can be found here. You may also visit www.teachiowa.gov for more opportunities.

Statewide Substitute Authorization remote courses are available across the state, view a current listing here