GUEST TEACHER PROGRAM

The Berks County Intermediate Unit 14 offers Guest Teacher Training for individuals with a bachelor’s degree (in any content area) who are interested in serving as substitute teachers. The training program enables participants to substitute in BCIU classes as well as classes within 18 participating school entities in Berks County.

The Guest Teacher Program is offered twice a year at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, 1111 Commons Boulevard, Reading, PA 19605 (directions). For more information on the program, contact Monica Willett at 610-987-8433 or monwil@berksiu.org.

GUEST TEACHER PROGRAM DATES

FALL 2017 (Application deadline for fall program was July 14.)

The fall program has concluded.

SPRING 2018 (Application deadline for spring program was November 10.)

Applications for the spring program are no longer being accepted.
Please check back for information on the 2018-2019 program dates.

Training Dates & Times:
Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25, 2018
Day One: 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (continental breakfast provided)
Day Two: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (classroom observations in morning; training in afternoon)
Snow Dates: January 31 and February 1, 2018

Through the Guest Teacher Program, you will learn about classroom management, lesson plans, special education, development & behavior of age groups, and how to deal with today’s students.  You will also have the opportunity to meet current guest teachers, observe classrooms, and learn more about the process and program.  Upon completion of the two-day training and submission of all the required paperwork, Berks County Intermediate Unit will apply for your Type 06 emergency permit through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  Once your permit is approved, you will be eligible to serve as a substitute in any subject area for the academic school year in the following participating school entities:

Antietam – Boyertown Area – Brandywine Heights Area – Conrad Weiser Area – Daniel Boone Area – Exeter Township – Fleetwood Area – Governor Mifflin – Hamburg Area – Kutztown Area – Muhlenberg – Oley Valley – Schuylkill Valley – Tulpehocken Area – Twin Valley – Wilson – Berks County Career & Technology Center – Berks County Intermediate Unit

Please note that the emergency permit sponsored by the Berks County Intermediate Unit qualifies you to be a substitute in short-term assignments only at the school entities listed above.

NEW APPLICANTS

The following application materials must be submitted by November 10, 2017 for Spring 2018:

 
Once your application has been submitted to Monica Willett at BCIU, you will be contacted to schedule an interview.

Upon successful completion of the interview and application process, the following materials and training documentation must be submitted no later than January 5, 2018 for Spring 2018:

  • Official sealed transcripts documenting undergraduate degree(s)
  • Click here to download a packet of all additional forms and information.
    (Included: Child Abuse History Clearance – PA Criminal Background Check – FBI Background Check information – PDE 6004 – Arrest or Conviction Form – School Personnel Health Record – PDE Form 338G – PSERS Information Form)
  • Certificate of Completion for Act 126 training (Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting)
    Please refer to the Act 126 and Act 71 Training Section for details regarding this training.
  • Certificate of Completion for Act 71 (Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention)
    Please refer to the Act 126 and Act 71 Training Section for details regarding this training.
  • District Child Abuse Policies for Guest Teachers
    Please refer to the Act 126 and Act 71 Training Section for details regarding this training.

 
All Guest Teacher applicants must register on PDE’s Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) online web portal.

>> Click here for detailed instructions.

All materials and training documentation should be mailed to:

Monica Willett
Compliance Specialist, Office of Human Resources
Berks County Intermediate Unit
1111 Commons Boulevard, PO. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050

RENEWAL PROCESS

Your day-to day substitute emergency permit for the Guest Teacher Program is valid for one school year. All permits end on July 31, regardless of the date of issuance. In order to continue to serve as a substitute in the 2017-2018 school year, you must renew your emergency permit.

To renew your emergency permit, please submit the PDE 338 G form as well as a $5 money order payable to BCIU. Include your full name and address on the money order.

>> The PDE 338 G form (dated August 2015) has been revised and is available by clicking here.

In addition to the money order and the PDE 338 G form, the following conditions must be met in order for your permit to be renewed for 2017-2018:

  • All three clearances (child abuse background check and state and federal criminal history checks) must be renewed every five years.>> Click here for instructions on how to renew your clearances.
  • Act 126 (Child Abuse Recognition & Reporting) training must be completed if you have not completed this training within the last five years.
    Please refer to the Act 126 and Act 71 Training Section for details regarding this training.
  • Act 71 (Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention) training must be completed each year.
    Please refer to the Act 126 and Act 71 Training Section for details regarding this training.

 
Submit your PDE 338 G Form (both sides of the form need to be completed), a $5 money order payable to BCIU, and any updated clearances or training certificates to:

Monica Willett
Compliance Specialist, Office of Human Resources
Berks County Intermediate Unit
1111 Commons Boulevard, PO. Box 16050, Reading, PA 19612-6050

To ensure your emergency permit is approved by the beginning of 2017-2018 academic year, all documentation must be received no later than July 5, 2017. After this date, permits for 2017-2018 will only be processed on a monthly basis throughout the academic year.

Once your permit is approved, we will provide your information to the school districts. You can check the status of your permit at any time on the TIMS website.

ACT 126 and ACT 71 TRAINING

Act 126 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting
Effective January 1, 2013, Act 126 requires that all school entities provide mandatory training on child abuse recognition and reporting to all employees who have direct contact with children. A minimum of three hours of training is required every five years. If you have completed this training please submit a certification of completion with your new applicant paperwork. Otherwise Act 126 training is available to you by the Berks County Intermediate Unit via our on-line provider, SafeSchools. If you would like to complete this training, just follow the SafeSchools Instructions noted below.

Act 71 Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Effective June 26, 2014, Act 71 requires that all school entities provide four hours of age-appropriate youth suicide awareness and prevention every five years for professional educators in school buildings serving students in grades six through twelve. Your emergency 06 permit obtained through the Guest Teacher Program allows you substitute in grade levels K – 12, therefore this training is required for all Guest Teachers each year. Act 71 training is available to you by the Berks County Intermediate Unit via our on-line provider, SafeSchools. If you would like to complete this training, just follow the SafeSchools Instructions noted below.

SafeSchools Instructions (Act 126 and Act 71 on-line training)
The training is available on http://berksiu.pa.safeschools.com. Your sign-in for SafeSchools is the email address that we currently have on file. If you are a new applicant, it would be the email address you gave us during the interview process. Click on “Sign in.” Click on “Log Me In!” The training requirements will be listed and are as follows:

  • Act 126: Part 1 Child Abuse Recognition and Mandatory Reporting (56 minutes)
  • Act 126: Part 2 Educator Discipline Act, Sexual Misconduct and Maintaining Professional Boundaries (125 minutes) Please note that Guest Teacher Child Abuse Policies must also be completed in conjunction with Act 126 Parts 1 & 2 training.
  • Guest Teacher Child Abuse Policies – Review the Guest Teacher Policies for the districts where you would like to sub.
  • Act 71: Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention – Pennsylvania Act 71 (52 minutes)

 
Once you have completed any of the training noted above, click on the blue ribbon to print a certificate of completion. Please include this certificate(s) with your renewal or new applicant paperwork.

CHECKING THE STATUS OF YOUR EMERGENCY PERMIT

You may check the status of your emergency permit on the TIMS website.
>> Click here for instructions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

>> Click here for Guest Teacher FAQs.