The Berks County Intermediate Unit offers a Guest Teacher Program for individuals who are interested in serving as substitute teachers in Berks County. The program is designed to provide participants with limited or no classroom experience with the necessary training to qualify as day-to-day substitutes. Anyone possessing a bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited college or university is eligible to apply.*

Guest Teacher training is offered twice a year – September and January – at the BCIU main office in Muhlenberg Township, located at 1111 Commons Boulevard, Reading 19605. The program fee is $25.00, which includes the cost of the two-day training, lunch on the second day, and the initial emergency permit fee.

Through the Guest Teacher Program, participants learn about classroom management, lesson-planning, special education services, development and behavior of age groups, and how to deal effectively with today’s students. After meeting all PA Department of Education emergency permit eligibility requirements, successfully completing the two-day training, and submitting all required paperwork, the BCIU will apply for a Type 06 day-to-day substitute emergency permit on a new Guest Teacher’s behalf. Once the permit is approved, a Guest Teacher becomes eligible to apply to work as a day-to-day substitute in any subject area and grade level for the academic school year in the following participating Berks County public school entities:

Antietam – Boyertown – Brandywine Heights – Conrad Weiser – Daniel Boone – Exeter Township – Fleetwood – Governor Mifflin – Kutztown – Muhlenberg – Oley Valley – Schuylkill Valley – Twin Valley – Wilson – Berks Career & Technology Center – BCIU

Please note that the emergency permit sponsored by the BCIU qualifies an individual to substitute in short-term assignments only at the participating Berks County public school entities above.


FALL 2020 – September 23-24
Deadline to Apply: July 6
Applicant Interviews: July 30

SPRING 2021 – January 27-28 (Snow Dates: February 11-12)
Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2020
Applicant Interviews: November 24, 2020


The following application materials must be received by the application deadline. Late applications will not be accepted:

  • $25.00 money order payable to BCIU (Sorry, no personal checks or cash accepted.)

Please mail application materials to:

Guest Teacher Program
Attn: Monica Willett
BCIU Office of Human Resources
P.O. Box 16050
Reading, PA 19612-6050

Once your application has been received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview on the designated interview date. You will be notified within one (1) week as to the outcome of your interview. Please do not submit additional materials until you are contacted.

If you are accepted into the program, the following items must be submitted prior to training:

  • Official sealed transcripts documenting undergraduate degree(s)
  • Click here to download a packet of all required documentation
    (INCLUDES: Background check clearances for school employment dated within one (1) year, including Child Abuse History, PA State Police Criminal Background Check, and FBI Federal Background Check; Form PDE-6004 Arrest/Conviction; School Personnel Health Record dated within six (6) months w/ TB Test dated within three (3) months; Form PDE-338G; BCIU PSERS Information Form)
  • Certificates of Completion forAct 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (2 modules); Guest Teacher District Child Abuse Policies (1 module); Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention (1 module) 
  • Guest Teacher applicants must also register on PDE’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) online portal and initiate an emergency permit request. >> Click here for instructions

All documentation must be submitted no later than the Monday prior to the first day of training.

*ATTENTION FOREIGN-EDUCATED GUEST TEACHER APPLICANTS – The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires that a teacher of a non-foreign language subject, including a Guest Teacher working under a day-to-day emergency permit, must either be a U.S. citizen or hold a lawful permanent resident visa (“green card”) which allows them to live and work in the U.S. If you do not hold a green card, you are ineligible for a permit through the Guest Teacher Program. In addition, an eligible foreign-educated Guest Teacher participant must have a Foreign Evaluation Report completed through a PDE-approved agency to show that their foreign transcript credentials are equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree or higher. For more information, please visit PDE’s Foreign-Educated Teacher Certification Applicants web page.


A day-to-day emergency permit is valid for one school year. All permits expire on July 31 regardless of the date of issuance. To continue serving as a Guest Teacher from year to year, you must renew your emergency permit.

To renew, you are required to submit an updated PDE 338G form and $5.00 money order payable to the BCIU. >> PDE 338G is available here.

Additionally, the following conditions must be met to renew your permit:

  • Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention training must be completed every year.
  • Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting training must be completed if you have not already completed it within the last (5) years.

Please submit all renewal materials to:

Guest Teacher Renewals
Attn: Monica Willett
BCIU Office of Human Resources

P.O. Box 16050
Reading, PA 19612-6050

To ensure your emergency permit is approved by the beginning of the academic year, all documentation must be received no later than July 15. After this date, permit renewals will only be processed once a month.


Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition/Reporting

Act 126 mandates that all Pennsylvania school entities provide mandatory training on child abuse recognition and reporting to all employees who have direct contact with children. A minimum of three (3) hours of training is required every five (5) years.

If you are a new Guest Teacher Program applicant and completed this training previously, please submit any training documentation with your new applicant paperwork. If you have not completed the training previously, it is available to you at no cost through our online provider, SafeSchools.

Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness/Prevention

Act 71 mandates that all Pennsylvania school entities provide four (4) hours of age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention training every five (5) years to all educators in schools serving students in grades six through twelve.

Because an emergency permit allows a Guest Teacher to substitute in grades K–12, Act 71 training must be completed annually as part of the renewal process. It is available to you at no cost through our online provider, SafeSchools.

SafeSchools Online Training Instructions

The Act 126 and Act 71 training modules may be accessed through the SafeSchools web site at Your log-in for SafeSchools is the email address that we currently have on file. (If you are a new Guest Teacher, it would be the email you provided us during the application process.) Click “Sign in” and “Log Me In!” Your training assignments will be listed and include:

  • Act 126: Part 1 Child Abuse Recognition and Mandatory Reporting (56 mins.)
  • Act 126: Part 2 Educator Discipline Act, Sexual Misconduct, and Maintaining Professional Boundaries (125 mins.)
  • Guest Teacher District Child Abuse Policies
  • Act 71: Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention (52 mins.)

Once you have completed a training module, click the blue-ribbon icon to print a completion certificate. Please include this certificate(s) with your paperwork.

If you experience issues with SafeSchools, please email


>> Click here for Guest Teacher FAQs

For more information on the BCIU Guest Teacher Program, email or call 610-987-8433.