Guest Teacher Training Program
The Guest Teacher Program is a service DCIU offers to our local school districts to address the shortage of substitute teachers that many are facing. The program provides expedited evidence-based teacher preparation training to individuals with limited or no teaching experience in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as substitute teachers. 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 completion of the program and receipt of their Type 6 Emergency certification from Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), each participant will be eligible to serve as a substitute teacher with any district participating in the DCIU Guest Teacher Consortium. Currently, there are eight school districts in Delaware County who participate in this consortium. The eight school districts include Marple Newtown, Upper Darby, Garnet Valley, Radnor, Rose Tree Media, Chichester, Southeast-Delco and Springfield. Participants of the program are also eligible to substitute teach in DCIU programs as well.
The most recent training program was held on October 29th and 30th and had seventeen participants. Over the course of the two day training, the participants were instructed by various education experts and received comprehensive training to prepare them for teaching. Trainings included focus on communication, cultural awareness, and recognizing and responding to behaviors. Many participants found the program to be very helpful and were very happy that it was offered. Alice, a participant who had heard of the program through a friend who is a daycare Director, said she really enjoyed the program and would recommend it to others.
The next training is scheduled for Thursday, January 3rd and Friday, January 4th.