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 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:
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 school entities above.
*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.