New Castle News

January 10, 2014

Emergency substitute teacher course offered

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is offering a training program to qualify college graduates as emergency substitute teachers.

Those who qualify and successfully complete the training will be able to fill in at local school districts when certified substitute teachers are unavailable.

Anyone who possesses a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may enroll for the emergency substitute course, said Lorinda Hess, the intermediate unit’s director of continuing education.

Through the emergency substitute consortium, attendees will complete a three-day training, then apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for an emergency substitute certificate.

With the certification, substitutes can teach in any school districts that participate in the intermediate unit consortium.

According to Hess, 24 area school districts participate in the consortium each year.

The intent of the program is to increase the number of available substitutes for public schools.

The training will be offered Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at the IU IV offices and will focus on classroom management, instructional strategies, school procedures and routines, team building and positive behavior in the classroom.

Anyone wanting to register for the training should contact the unit’s continuing education department at (724) 458-6700, extension 1286 or 1238, or send an email to