• Guest Teacher Program

    The Guest Teacher Program is organized by Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 Curriculum Department. The program prepares participants to replace classroom teachers during their absence. Participants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and no PA teaching certificate. This program is not intended for teachers who have a lapsed or inactive PA certificate.

    The purpose of the training is to explain the program, provide information, meet with Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 administrators and school district administrators, obtain feedback from prior guest teachers, and respond to your questions. The procedure for applying for emergency certification will be fully explained and Curriculum Department staff will assist participants with completion of the required paperwork. During these training sessions, you will learn about professionalism, lesson planning, behavior/classroom management, special education, and techniques to deal with today's students.

    Upon successful completion of the two full-day training sessions, completion of required paperwork, and approval from the PA Department of Education, you will be qualified to work as a substitute in any subject area for the current academic school year in the following participating school entities:
    • Blue Mountain
    • Mahanoy Area
    • Minersville Area
    • North Schuylkill
    • Pine Grove Area
    • Pottsville Area
    • St. Clair Area
    • Schuylkill Haven Area
    • Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 - Early Intervention, Maple Avenue Campus & Schuylkill Technology Centers
    • Shenandoah Valley
    • Tamaqua Area
    • Tri-Valley
    • Williams Valley
    • Gillingham Charter

    The participating school entities in Schuylkill County appreciate your interest and willingness to become involved in the education of children and look forward to seeing you in their classrooms!

    Guest Teacher Training Schedule:

    Participants must attend both days of the trainings. Please contact Theresa Kozura at (570) 544-9131 extension 1276 to register. 

    *The only documents/paperwork needed to attend are 2 forms of identification to be presented at the first training session.                                                                                All other documents/paperwork will be explained in detail at the training sessions.
    Location:   Maple Avenue Campus, Mar Lin (TV Studio)
    Day 1:         August 19, 2024 *must present 2 forms of acceptable ID 
    Day 2:         August 20, 2024
    Location:   Shenandoah Valley School District
    Day 1:         November 7, 2024 *must present 2 forms of acceptable ID
                             (snow date: TBD)
    Day 2:         November 8, 2024
                             (snow date: TBD)
    Location:    Maple Avenue Campus, Mar Lin (TV Studio) 
    Day 1:         January 6, 2025 *must present 2 forms of acceptable ID
                             (snow date: January 8, 2025)
    Day 2:         January 7 2025
                             (snow date: January 9, 2025)                     
    Location:    Tamaqua Area School District
    Day 1:          March 3, 2025 *must present 2 forms of acceptable ID  
    Day 2:          March 4, 2025
                              (snow date: March 5, 2025)
    Times for Day 1 and Day 2:
    Registration/Sign In: 8:30 am to 9:00 am
    Program: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm (lunch on your own)
    Additional time will be provided from 2:15 - 3:00 for participants wishing to receive more detail or demonstration of paperwork requirements.  

     Guest Teacher Participants MUST:

    • Have a desire to make a positive impact on children
    • Successfully complete a two (2) day training program
    • Submit $5.00 Internet Emergency processing fee made payable to Schuylkill IU 29
    • Submit current criminal history, child abuse, and FBI fingerprint (PA Department of Education) clearances showing proof of no incidents
    • Present two (2) forms of acceptable identification (i.e. driver's license, social security card, etc.) at the first session
    • Submit official documentation of an earned bachelor's degree in any field other than education from an accredited college or university in a sealed, unopened envelope
    • Participate in state mandated Act 126 training
    • Complete all other paperwork requirements

    Guest Teacher Renewal Packet 
    Note: Please read all items listed below.  Items in bold must be completed and/or returned.