Sub Classes

By: News Release
Jun 5th, 2019

Keystone Area Education Agency will be offering the required training course for the Iowa Substitute Authorization. Receiving a Substitute Authorization will allow an individual who holds a four-year college degree to substitute in grades PK-12 for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment.

An individual who holds a Paraeducator Certificate and completes this course will be authorized to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom (not preschool or ELL) in which the individual is employed, for no more than five consecutive days. Only paraeducators may elect the Paraeducator Credit. 


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 fiveyears. 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 at Keystone AEA in Elkader

The Substitute Authorization course is 20-clock hour training. The course dates are June 28-30, 2019 at Keystone AEA, 1400 Second Street NW, Elkader, IA  52043. The section number is 271885.

   (Friday, June 28th - 5:00-9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday, June 29-30th - 9:00 am-5:30 pm.) 

   Deadline to register is June 20, 2019.


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 visit Keystone AEA’s website at


When registering, if you’re a first time user, select ‘Create Account’. Fill in the information as requested. When it asks for your BoEE folder number—select NA.  (The system updates new accounts during the night. This means you'll need to register for the course the following day.) Once you’re logged in, select 'Courses' on the menu bar. In the Course Search box, enter 271885.  Now you'll see the Substitute Authorization course listed, select the ‘Register’ button for the appropriate date and location.


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 or need to be deleted from the current database, contact Kathy Wessel at 1-800-632-5918, ext 1320, or during regular business hours.