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Pocahontas PLAEA May 4 2019 - Substitute Authorization Training (Area-wide) (8263)


The successful completion of the Substitute Authorization program is designed to enable participants to become competent in the skills necessary to successfully substitute in Iowa's elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. The program will address the four components required by the Board of Educational Examiners for people seeking Substitute Authorization. They include

1)     Classroom Management: participants will develop an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that will enable them to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interactions, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation

2)     Strategies for Learning: participants will develop skills to use a variety of learning strategies that encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

3)     Diversity: participants will develop an understanding of how students differ in their approaches to learning and will be able to create learning opportunities that are equitable and are adaptable to diverse learners

4)     Ethics: participants will develop an understanding of how to foster relationships with parents, school colleagues, and organizations in the larger community to support students' learning and development and become aware of the Board's Rules of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics

This program is targeted especially for both persons with Baccalaureate's Degree (BS or BA) outside of Education. 

An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor's degree and completes the Substitute Authorization course will be authorized to substitute ONLY in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed full time for no more than five consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period.




Ethics-Participants will be able to identify all of the standards of ethics & professional practices that apply to them as substitutes and be able to identify red flag situations (instances that would be unethical or easily construed as unethical) and be able to project how to avoid such situations.
Classroom Management-Participants will learn strategies for disciplining with control rather than anger and frustration. Techniques for setting expectations, explaining rules and procedures, and using appropriate consequences for misbehavior will all be examined. Techniques for managing transition times, and movement from one area to another will be explored. Participants will learn how to appropriately utilize techniques of proximity, feedback and monitoring. 
Instructional Strategies-Participants will learn the basic structure of components common to all good lessons. Participants will be given a variety of strategies to accomplish the most common lessons asked of a substitute. Participants will learn various questioning techniques, strategies for teaching to different learning styles, and strategies for managing small group, large group and whole class assignments.
Diverse Learning Needs of Students-Participants will be able to identify cultural differences, learning disabilities, giftedness and learning styles of students in the classroom and implement strategies that create a positive learning experience for all learners.


Aditional Fee: N/A
Course Type: ILT Categories: None
Participants:   Required For:  
Recommended For:   Prerequisites: None
Prerequisite Notes: Must be 18 years of age and hold a baccallareate degree from a regionally accredited institution or hold a paraeducator certificate from an approved program Stipend: N/A
Facilitator: Montag, Rachel Presenter: Rachel Montag
Registration Begins: 4/17/2019 Registration Ends: 5/8/2019
Payment Methods: Purchase Order, Credit Card, and External Payment Contact: Rachel Montag
Contact Phone: 712- Facility: AEA Office
Location: Pocahontas, AEA Office, 500 NE 6th Street Rubrics File:

Credits Fees
Licensure Renewal (i) $100.00

Meeting DateStart TimeEnd Time
5/4/2019 8:30am 4:30pm
5/18/2019 8:30am 4:30pm

Pocahontas PLAEA May 4 2019 - Substitute Authorization Training (Area-wide) (8263)

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Pocahontas PLAEA May 4 2019 - Substitute Authorization Training (Area-wide) (8263)

What are the prerequisites?


Must be 18 years of age and hold a baccallareate degree from a regionally accredited institution or hold a paraeducator certificate from an approved program

Is there a stipend?


Who can I contact if I still have questions?

Rachel Montag

How do I register for a class?









Once you have found the class you want, click on the Add to Cart button located to the right of the class title.
The class will then show up in your Shopping Cart at the lower left of the screen. Click on the Check Out button.
Follow the screen prompts to select the credit option you prefer.
If you have a discount code, enter that at the prompt; otherwise, click Next.
If paying by credit card, follow the screen prompts.
If paying by check, select External Payment then download a paper registration form.







Continue to  follow the screen prompts. (Double check all information before Finalizing the transaction.)
You will receive an email confirming your registration.

If you are having difficulty with the registration process, contact the Prairie Lakes Registrar either by email or phone at 1-800-669-2325 ext. 2101 or 515-574-5500 ext. 2101

How do I access my transcript or request an official copy?

To view your transcript . . .
  • Click on the blue My Learning Portfolio bar and then click on My Transcript,
  • Select the School Year or All
  • If you wish to print an unofficial copy of your transcript, click on the printer icon in the upper right corner above the Certificate tab then re-select the school year.
To request an official transcript from Prairie Lakes AEA
  • send a request to Carrie Guerin at and an electronic copy will be emailed to you


How do I change my credit option once I've registered?

Change of Credit by Participant Prior to Beginning of an Activity:

If you have already registered for an activity and the activity has not started, please contact the registrar to change credit type.  All additional fees must be paid immediately.   A $10.00 service fee will be charged if a refund is due to participant.

Change of Credit by Participant during the Activity:

If an activity is in progress and a participant would like to change credit type, please contact the registrar by email to request a change in credit type.  All additional fees must be paid immediately.   A $10.00 service fee will be charged if a refund is due to participant.  This must be completed before the final class/learning team meeting.  A change of credit to No Credit option is considered a withdrawal.

Change of Credit by Participant after the Activity Has Ended:

Once an activity is finished, credit type becomes permanent.  You cannot request a change in credit type nor will any refunds be given.


What must I do to withdraw from a class?

Withdrawal (cancellation) by Participant Prior to Beginning of an Activity:

To withdraw (cancel an activity registration) and request a refund, please contact Registrar up to two weeks before the start of the activity.  Two options are available: (1) the registration fee will be refunded or (2) registration fee may be transferred to another activity.  Additional fees due for new activity must be received before registration will be transferred. 


Withdrawal (cancellation) by Participant after the Start of the activity:

To withdraw (cancellation) after the start of an activity, please contact Registrar immediately.  Note that registration and materials fees will be forfeited.  No refunds will be given.  Failure to officially withdraw from a course will be treated as non-attendance and a failing grade will be assigned. 


In an emergency situation which necessitates dropping a class after it has started, it is the discretion of the Associate Director of PD to approve refund or allow transfer of fees to another activity.  In this case, a written request must be made with appropriate documentation two weeks prior to the end of the activity.


What happens when classes get cancelled?









PLAEA reserves the right to cancel any class that does not have sufficient enrollment.  Course cancelations will be made approximately 2 weeks prior to the start date of the class.  
Registered participants will be notified and two options will be made available:
  1. the registration fee will be refunded or
  2. the registration fee can be transferred to another class within two weeks.


Why can't I access the end-of-class evaluation?

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