Guest Teacher Program

  • In 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.

    2021 Training Dates

    August 16-20, 2021 (program to run virtually)

    Program Details

    • August 16, 2021 - 09:00-09:30 (One 30-minute Live Session)
    • 7.5 Hours of Asynchronous online work between August  16 and August 20, 2021
      • 4.5 Hours of Live Virtual Instruction on August 20, 2021:
        • 8:30 - 9:30
        • 10:00 - 12:00
        • 1:00 - 2:30 

    The participation fee is $50 via Online Payment
    This session will run virtually. Zoom link to be provided by separate email.

    Please complete the Guest Teacher Application to participate.

    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. Interviews will be scheduled after the deadline for all registered applicants.

    Required Paperwork 

    • $50.00 registration fee (check, money order, or online payment to be paid after program acceptance)
    • Complete online application (see links to open online applications for each scheduled training above)
    • Official transcripts (sent via e-mail to
    • PA mandated clearances and forms
    • Information about this training will be forwarded to qualified participants following a phone screening.
    All guest teachers must register on PDE’s new system, Teacher Information Management System (TIMS).


    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