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.
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: email@example.com mail: 55 Miller Street, Enola, PA 17025:
- A completed PA Standard Teacher Application
- 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.
- All three clearance RESULTS (as described below).
- A completed PDE Form 6004.
- 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:
- Current Act 34 Clearance (PA criminal background check)
- Current Act 151 Clearance (child abuse clearance)
- Current Act 114 Clearance (federal fingerprinting - use service code 1KG6S7)
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
- Northern York County
- 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. Click 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.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) uses independent providers on an “as needed” basis. An Independent Provider Agreement will be drafted through the program contact to begin this process. Each provider must review the information below for all policies, procedures, and protocols.
Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the following clearances are required when working directly with children:
PA State Police Criminal History Check Clearance Act 34
FBI Fingerprint Clearance Act 114
Act 126 Mandated Reporter Training
PA Child Abuse Clearance Act 151
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing with a Negative Result
Sexual Misconduct Clearance Act 168
Arrest/ Conviction Report and Certification Form 6004
The Capital Area Intermediate Unit and its Board have policies set into place that each individual must adhere to. The following list pertains to independent providers:
CAIU Board Policy 103: Discrimination/Title IX Sexual Harassment Affecting Student
CAIU Board Policy 103.1: Nondiscrimination-Qualified Students with Disabilities
CAIU Board Policy 104: Nondiscrimination/Discriminatory Harassment-Employment Practices
CAIU Board Policy 216: Student Records
CAIU Board Policy 815: Acceptable Use of the Computers, Network, Internet, Electronic Communication and Information
CAIU Board Policy 815.2: Social Media
CAIU Board Policy 818: Contracted Services
CAIU Board Policy 818.1: Contractor Integrity Provisions When Working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
CAIU Board Policy 907: Intermediate Unit Visitors
The CAIU reserves the right to request updated clearances and/or a TB test at any time. New contractors must obtain all new paperwork prior to the provision of services. When completed, documentation should be given to the contractor's program contact. Please submit all documentation at one time.
**The CAIU does not pay nor reimburse for any clearances or tests for either employees or contractors. All clearances and tests belong to the contracted individual.
**Please note that all CAIU Independent Providers are deemed Independent Contractors through the IRS. No taxes are withheld by the CAIU. For more information about the IRS tax procedure, please visit the Independent Contractor IRS website.
The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) partners with Substitute Teacher Services (STS) to fill our substitute teacher and paraprofessional needs. STS is a seasoned educational staffing agency dedicated to providing Pennsylvania certified/emergency certified substitute professionals and trained paraprofessionals to school districts. If you are interested in being a substitute, please visit the STS website.
STS Website: http://thesubservice.com/
The current daily rate for teacher substitutes is $115. For paraprofessionals it is $88.
The CAIU is specifically in need of Pennsylvania special education certificated substitute teachers. If you have your Special Ed certification and would like to be a substitute for the CAIU, please contact STS today!
Attention PSERS Retirees: STS is NOT a PA public school entity, and therefore, does NOT participate in PSERS. If you are a PSERS retiree, you are permitted to substitute in PA public schools by working for STS.