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Guest Teacher Program

In response to the national substitute teacher shortage crisis, DCIU is offering a guestteacher 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. 


Sessions will run virtually. Zoom link will be provided in a 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:

  • 7.5Hours of Asynchronous online work (to be completed independantly)
  • 4.5 Hours of Live Virtual Instruction
  • 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 

All guest teachers must register on PDE’s system, Teacher Information Management System (TIMS)
Instructions on doing this step will be part of the training, this step need not be done in advance.

  • $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



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


Upcoming Guest Teacher Training Sessions for 2024-2025 School Year

            August 19, 2024 to August 22, 2024   Apply Here