Northwest AEA

Northwest AEA offers class to become short-term substitute teacher


SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 10, 2017)—Northwest AEA is an approved provider for several state-recognized certification programs that support school activities. One of these programs is substitute authorization. 

The Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade classroom for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. Eligible participants are persons who already hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed the Paraeducator Certification, and are currently working as a paraeducator in a special education classroom.

All candidates must be at least 21 years of age and must successfully complete the DCI/FBI background check. The training consists of 20 hours of training plus a two-hour classroom observation.  

Northwest AEA has a course scheduled for May 5, 6 and 13, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Northwest AEA in Sioux City.

 For more information or to register for this class, check out Northwest AEA website at Select the link on the right listing “Search for Professional Development” and then click on “Register.”

For questions regarding this certification, please contact Joyce Vander Wilt at or 712/722-7805 or 800/572-5073 ext. 7805.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit

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Administrative Office
1520 Morningside Ave.
Sioux City, IA 51106
P. 800-352-9040
F. 712-222-6123

It is the policy of Northwest Area Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact Jerome Schaefer, Equity Coordinator, 1520 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa 51106, 712-222-6114.

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