Become a Substitute Teacher in Iowa

Becoming a substitute teacher in Iowa is a fantastic opportunity for many different people. If you are interested in entering the field of education, substitute teaching in Iowa is a great way to gain experience and learn whether a career in teaching is right for you.

On the other hand, with the opportunity to work as much or as little as you wish, substitute teaching is highly attractive to retirees who love how flexible it is. Many career changers and retirees find joy in substitute teaching, and see it as a way to give back to their communities.

Either way, substitute teachers in Iowa are an integral part of every school district. Schools couldn't function without them.

If you think substitute teaching in Iowa might be a gateway to your future career, click on the following link to learn more about how to become a teacher in Iowa.

How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Iowa:

The following are two different ways to enter the classroom as an Iowa state substitute teacher:

  1. Earn a Substitute License:
    • You will need to complete an Iowa Teacher Certification Program and already have earned your professional teaching certification.
    • With a Substitute License, you will be able to teach elementary, middle school, and high school for a maximum assignment of 90 days.
    • You can download the application here.
  2. Or, Earn a Substitute Authorization:


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