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Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8

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This program is for individuals who do not hold a PA Teaching certificate.

Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 and participating public school districts are interested in finding qualified personnel to serve as emergency substitute teachers.  Substitutes are needed to replace regular classroom teachers during training sessions and/or leave time.


  • bachelor's degree in any subject area from an accredited college / university in the U.S. – official sealed transcripts must be submitted
  • completed application and required paperwork
  • acceptable PA State Criminal Background, FBI Criminal Background (Cogent fingerprinting – select PA Dept of Education), and Department of Human Services Child Abuse Background Check
  • completion of PDE 6004 form regarding arrests & convictions
  • acceptable completion of Act 168 Employment History Review(s)
  • successful completion of training


During training, you will talk with teachers, learn techniques to deal with today's students and review effective teaching topics.  Training is required and is scheduled three times yearly based on the number of completed applications. 

Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training

Effective January 2, 2013 all substitutes will be required to attend a 3 hour Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Training.  Training must be through an approved provider.  IU 8 is an approved provider and will offer these opportunities to participants.  More information will be provided as you move through the process of obtaining emergency certification.  This training is in addition to the required training for participating in this program. 



Those who successfully complete training and required paperwork will be qualified to substitute in any of the following participating districts. The emergency permit will only be valid for substituting in participating consortium districts.

Applicants select the district(s) they are interested in.

Bedford County:  Bedford Area, Everett Area, Northern Bedford County

Blair County: Bellwood-Antis, Hollidaysburg Area, Tyrone Area, Williamsburg Community

Cambria County:  Blacklick Valley, Cambria Heights,  Central Cambria, Ferndale Area, Forest Hills, Greater Johnstown, Penn Cambria, Portage, Richland, Westmont Hilltop

Somerset County: Berlin Brothersvalley, North Star, Shanksville-Stonycreek

IU 8: Classes located in the four county area – assignments based geographically for candidates

IU 8 and all participating districts are EOE.


Download the Program Application 2016 or contact Karen Makin, Coordinator of Programs and Support Services at kmakin@iu08.org or 814-940-0223 ext. 1316 for an application packet.

Please do not send any application materials to the districts listed.  All paperwork is processed through IU 8.

If you hold a PA Teaching certificate you should not apply for this program – contact the district(s) directly to substitute.


Sub Program Frequently Asked Questions

Program Brochure 2016

Clearances for School Employment

Code of Conduct for Professional Educators

Addresses and Directions to IU 8 Member Districts


A session will be scheduled once ten complete applications are received and approved.  Applicants will receive a letter with training information once they are scheduled into a particular session. 

The tentative training schedule is as follows and will be modified based on applications and participating school district needs:

Training – mid-September  {Application deadline two weeks prior} an additional session will be scheduled based upon program needs.

Training – early December –  {Application deadline two weeks prior}

Training – February or March based on program needs – Date to be determined {Application deadline two weeks prior}  

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