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Guest Teacher Program

The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) is excited to announce that we are now providing an asynchronous guest teacher course.

How the Program Works

Upon completion of the course, guest teachers will be able to apply for an emergency permit through the PA Department of Education, which will allow them to be a substitute teacher in the schools and/or districts the CAIU serves. Instructions for applying on PDE’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) will be emailed to you upon successful completion of the guest teacher course. 

Note: The guest teacher training is designed for those who would like to substitute in more than one district. If you are interested in only subbing in one school or district, please check with that school/district to determine what its specific requirements are for being a substitute.


To qualify as a guest teacher, participants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and be able to work in a PA public school (see PDE 6004 for list of exclusions).


Cost is $80.00, which includes the cost of the asynchronous course and obtaining your emergency permit. Payment will be made when you register for the training via Frontline.  You must pay using a credit/debit card.

Checklist of Requirements

Prior to registering for the course, you are required to submit the following items via email or regular mail (preferably in one single email or packet labeled Guest Teacher Application) to Kaitlin Hughes, email:  mail: 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA 17025:

  1. A completed PA Standard Teacher Application 
  2. Your official, sealed bachelor’s transcript (this means sealed by the university with an official seal and presented to the CAIU unopened). Electronic copies of your official academic transcript will be accepted if sent directly to the CAIU from your university. 
  3. All three clearance RESULTS (as described below).
  4. A completed PDE Form 6004.
  5. District Checklist

You will NOT be given access to the training until ALL of these documents are received by the CAIU. You will be contacted via email once all the above requirements have been received with further instructions to register for the course. 


To be considered for the guest teacher program, you MUST obtain the following:

Clearances are at the expense of the applicant.  These are your clearances so please be sure to maintain a copy for your records.  Clearances cannot be more than one year old.

The school districts listed below accept substitutes who go through the guest teacher program. Please contact the districts directly for their specific substitute hiring procedures. You may also visit their websites, as many of them have their substitute hiring procedures posted.

  • Capital Area Intermediate Unit
  • Camp Hill
  • Central Dauphin
  • Derry Township
  • East Pennsboro
  • Halifax Area
  • Lower Dauphin
  • Newport
  • Northern York County
  • Susquenita
  • West Shore
  • Cumberland-Perry Vocational-Technical School
  • Upper Dauphin


Guest Teacher permits must be renewed every year.  If you do not renew your permit every year, you will be required to retake the Guest Teacher training at the original cost.  Please click Guest Teacher Renewal tab below for instructions. 



The public-school code in Pennsylvania requires that a teacher of non-foreign language subjects (including "guest" teachers) must either be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) in order to be issued a Type 06 day-to-day emergency substitute permit. If you are not a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you will not be approved as a day-to-day substitute teacher. In addition, you must have a credential evaluation done by an approved agency to show that your foreign credentials are equal to a bachelor's degree in the United States.

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