• Emergency Guest Substitute Teacher Program

    This program is for individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree but do not hold a PA Teaching certificate.

    Individuals who hold a PA Teaching Certificate (active or inactive) should contact districts directly. Inactive certificate holders (due to non-compliance of Act 48 requirements) may substitute for 90 days a school year.

    BECOME AN EMERGENCY SUBSTITUTE TEACHER - Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 and participating public school districts seek qualified personnel to serve as emergency substitute teachers. Individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to substitute teach in Pennsylvania.

    Individuals with a valid RN license may obtain emergency certification to substitute as the school nurse.

    PROGRAM HISTORY - In March of 1999, a consortium of IU 8 districts met to begin start-up of the IU 8 Emergency Substitute Teacher Program. At this time, a team comprised of both administrators and teachers designed training to utilize Bachelor’s degree holders to serve as emergency substitute teachers. IU 8 was the third IU in the State to begin the emergency program.

    The program has continued to assist districts with substitute shortages while participants have found substituting to be a rewarding experience. For individuals thinking about a career in teaching this is an excellent way to be in the classroom before taking the steps to obtain certification. The program has seen many individuals obtain permanent certification and obtain a full-time teaching position.

    IU 8 assists with recruiting, provides training and processes paperwork including the emergency permit through the PA Department of Education. Once the applicant has completed training and paperwork their information is forwarded to selected districts.

    QUESTIONS…..please contact:

    Karen Makin, Supervisor of Human Resources
    814-940-0223 ext 1316 or kmakin@iu08.org

    • Bachelor's degree in any subject from an accredited college / university in the U.S.
      • official sealed transcripts must be submitted
    • Completed application
    • PDE 6004 Arrest and Conviction Form
    • Act 168 Employment History Review(s)
    • Acceptable clearances for school employment
      • PA State Police Criminal Record
      • PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History
      • PA Department of Education fingerprinting 
    Note – Non-US Citizens, Foreign Degree Holders and individuals who have a record on a clearance will require additional information.

    HOW TO APPLY - Download the application packet HERE or contact Karen Makin, Supervisor of Human Resources at kmakin@iu08.org or 814-940-0223 ext. 1316 for an application packet.

    After review and acceptance, applicants will be scheduled for an appointment to review and complete paperwork. IU 8 can assist applicants with applying for clearances. Appointments are available at the IU 8 Offices in Altoona, Ebensburg or Richland during normal business hours.

    Please do not send any application materials to the districts listed.

    If you hold a PA Teaching certificate you should not apply for this program – please contact the district(s) directly to substitute.
    TRAINING - During training, you will learn techniques to deal with today's students and review effective teaching topics. Training is required.

    The TENTATIVE training schedule below may be modified based on applications and/or program needs. A minimum of eight applicants needed for training. Applicants will receive training information and details once scheduled into a session. Application deadline two weeks prior to training.

    Sessions are scheduled 8:30 am to 3:30 pm - lunch is provided both days

    The first 2019-2020 dates will be determined closer to the start of school based upon the number of completed applicants.  The session dates will be either be:

    August 29 & 30, 2019 OR September 5 & 6, 2019

    October 10 & 11, 2019 

    December 5 & 6, 2019

    February 6 & 7, 2020

    Act 126 - Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Act

    Effective January 2, 2013 all substitutes are required to attend training under Act 126 every five years. More information will be provided to applicants as they complete the application and training process.

    This training is in addition to the required training for participating in this program. Act 126 does not require completion prior to beginning employment. IU 8 will require training be completed as soon as possible but during the school year in which you obtain the permit.

    PARTICIPATING DISTRICTS - Those who successfully complete training and required paperwork will be qualified to substitute in any of the participating districts. The emergency permit will only be valid for substituting in participating consortium districts.

    Applicants may select from any of the participating districts.

    Bedford County: Bedford Area, Everett Area, Northern Bedford County

    Blair County: Bellwood-Antis, Hollidaysburg Area, Tyrone Area, Williamsburg Community

    Cambria County: Blacklick Valley, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, Portage Area, Richland, Westmont Hilltop

    Somerset County: Berlin Brothersvalley, North Star, Shanksville-Stonycreek

    IU 8: Classes located in the four county area comprised of special needs students – assignments based geographically to the substitute IU 8 and all participating districts are EOE.

    PERMIT and RENEWAL INFORMATION - The emergency permit will be valid for day-to-day substitute teaching assignments valid at participating districts. This permit will be valid for the school year obtained. The permit can be renewed by completing a renewal form and attending a half-day in-service at IU 8.

    Renewal information will be available to candidates in the spring. Candidates will select the session topic and location they wish to attend.

    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


    Addresses and Directions to IU 8 Member Districts