Guest Teacher Program

  • Male teacher sitting at deskIn response to the national substitute teacher shortage crisis, DCIU is offering a guest teacher program service as an effort to assist participating districts with obtaining substitute teachers on a daily basis.

    The Guest Teacher Program is designed to provide individuals with limited or no teaching experience with the necessary training required to become day-to-day substitutes. Any individual with a bachelor’s degree (in any content area) from an accredited university is eligible to apply to participate in the program. Upon completing the program, participants will receive an emergency permit used by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), enabling them to substitute in any participating district and career technical institute on a day-to-day basis.
    Guest Teacher Training is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree (in any field) who are interested in serving as substitute teachers. The training program will enable participants to substitute in DCIU classes as well as classes within participating school entities in Delaware County.
    For information on the permit, please refer to the section on Day-To-Day (type 06) permits found HERE on PDE's website.
    Please note, this permit is ONLY eligible for people who hold either permanent residency or citizenship in the US. 


    • February 13, 2023 training closes on February 9, 2023
  • 2023 Training Dates

    February 13-16, 2023 (programs to run virtually)

    Program Details

    • February 13 - 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. (One 30-minute Live Session)
    • 7.5 Hours of Asynchronous online work (to be completed independently)
    • 4.5 Hours of Live Virtual Instruction on February 16:
      • 8:30 - 9:30 | 10:00 - 12:00 | 1:00 - 2:30




    This session will run virtually. Zoom link will be provided by separate email.

    Training Program Outline

    The mix of live and at-your-own-pace training sessions will provide strategies for effective instruction and management of traditional, non-traditional and special education classrooms, as well as professional responsibilities. During the training, participants will learn about:

    • Responsibilities of being a substitute teacher
    • Lesson planning
    • Classroom management and behavior techniques
    • PDE Mandates
    • Instructional strategies to engage learners
    • Special education overview
    • Professional ethics
    • Communication and collaboration strategies
  • How to Participate

    In order to register for the training, the following paperwork must be submitted to DCIU Human Resources. 

    Required Paperwork 

    • $50.00 registration fee (check, money order, or online payment)
    • Complete online application via Unified Talent (see links to open online applications for each scheduled training above)
    • Official transcripts (sent via e-mail to
    • PA mandated clearances and forms
    All guest teachers must register on PDE’s new system, Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).  Directions on how to do so will be part of the training, this step need not be done in advance.
  • Questions?

    If you have any questions about the DCIU Guest Teacher Program or any of the requirements to participate in the program, please do not hesitate to contact Deborah Terpstra at (610) 938-9000 x2017 or

    For questions regarding payment, please contact Paula Coons at or 610-938-9000 x 2132.