Substitute shortage

Mikaela Hoover

Local schools are seriously lacking substitute teachers. The school districts are struggling to give their full-time teachers time off because of the shortage. In order to become a substitute teacher, you need a bachelor’s degree or higher, or be a para-educator. You do not need a background in education in order to be a substitute teacher. To earn authorization, you must complete the Board of Education’s Examiners Approved Substitute Authorization Program, available through EICC.

EICC is hosting two upcoming training sessions. The course content includes Ethics, classroom management, Diversity and Instructional Strategies. You must be at least 21 years of age, and the class costs $139.

The first one begins Sept. 12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6–9p.m. The class runs Sept. 12-Oct. 3

The second session is Saturdays at 8:15am – 12:30 p.m., Sept. 23 – Oct. 21.

For more information, call Gale Roeder at 563-336-3450.