Emergency Substitute Teacher Training

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Updated May 5, 2020

Pennsylvania school districts are finding a shortage of certified individuals to employ as day-to-day substitutes in all classrooms. To help alleviate this dilemma, Intermediate Unit 1 has entered into a partnership with several of our local districts to create a position of Emergency Substitute.

Intermediate Unit 1 posts on its website when applications are being accepted for the training program. The posting will include the requirements and application process for the program. Typically, the program is conducted twice per year. Applications are reviewed and candidates that are selected for the interview process are contacted by the Human Resources Department. Candidates that are selected as participants for the program are notified after this interview process. Participants must attend all of the training sessions, which focus upon daily responsibilities in the school, reporting procedures, teacher expectations for the substitute, instructional strategies, classroom management (effective behavior strategies) and other pertinent topics. Each individual must also complete two classroom observations at the educational level of preference (i.e., elementary, middle, high school, or special education) and complete observational reports.

Individuals with a Bachelors’ degree but no teaching certificate and who are interested in day-to-day substitute teaching for Intermediate Unit 1 classes and some school districts in Washington, Greene, and Fayette Counties must attend both days of the training. Participants must register in Frontline for this training.

At the information session, all of the requirements for the program will be reviewed. Packets of information will be available for those who plan to participate. To complete the program, you will be required to attend face-to-face training sessions at Intermediate Unit 1 and complete online sessions.

All face-to-face sessions are held at the IU1 Central Office. You must attend the face-to-face sessions, complete the online course work, and complete all the requirements in order to receive certification as an emergency substitute.

Contact Us

For more information, contact:

David Dunham
724-938-3241 ext. 261