Substitute/Guest Teacher Training

Upcoming Training Dates: TBD

Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 offers the Guest Teacher Training on behalf of Lancaster and Lebanon County school districts. Individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree in any content area are eligible to enroll in the program. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) allows school districts and intermediate units to apply for an emergency certification for qualified applicants. Applicants completing the Guest Teacher Training requirements are eligible to substitute in IU13 classrooms and area school districts.

The Guest Teacher Training is a three-day program that begins each day at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM. A continental breakfast is provided each day. Lunch is on your own. There is an on-site cafeteria. A $50 non-refundable registration fee, an interview, completed PA Standard Teaching Application, and references are required prior to the training. Registration is on a first-come/first-serve basis.

To register, the following three items MUST be received in the Human Resources Services Office by the registration deadline:

IU13 Human Resources Services will contact applicants with a date and time to attend an interview prior to the training. Any applicant who fails to attend an interview will not be invited to attend the training program. Paperwork will not be accepted at the interview.

The additional items and clearances below will be required to complete the participant’s file. Please carefully review the guidelines provided below and follow all instructions. Bring any completed paperwork with you to the training. (These items are not required to attend the training but must be received before a participant is eligible to begin substitute teaching.)

* Original documents will be required at the Guest Teacher Training.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Any additional paperwork will be provided to each participant at the training.
  • Each applicant will be required to complete a classroom observation. Contact information for the participating school districts will be provided at the training. The classroom observation will be waived for those participants holding a teaching certification from any state. Participants will be required to provide a copy of the teaching certificate from the issuing state.

Foreign-Educated Applicants

A person educated in a foreign country may be eligible for substitute teaching provided the applicant meets the requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Each foreign-educated applicant will be required to have his/her credentials evaluated. A list of organizations is provided on PDE’s website.


For more information, please call 717-606-1849 or email humanresources@iu13.org.