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. 


    • Our next Guest Teacher Training Program runs from March 18 - 20, 2024.  To register, please click GUEST TEACHER TRAINING and complete the application.
    • Our staffing partner ESS is also providing guest teacher training.  For more information about their program, please visit  
  • 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

    The course will run as follows:

    INTRODUCTION 9:30-10:00 (One 30-minute Live Session) 10/9/2023

    • 7.5 Hours of Asynchronous online work (to be completed independently)
    • 4.5 Hours of Live Virtual Instruction: 10/12/2023

               - 8:30 - 9:30
               - 10:00 - 12:00
               - 1:00 - 2:30 

  • Questions?

    For questions regarding the guest teacher training program, please contact:


    If you are interested subbing for the DCIU, please contact Jeanine Wyrick at ESS. 

    Jeannine Wyrick

    District Manager - ESS