Guest Teacher and Education Major Program

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Guest Teacher Training Information

Guest Teacher Program

 The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) Guest Teacher and Education Major Program is a service offered to local school districts. The Guest Teacher portion of the program provides substitute teacher training to people who have a bachelor’s degree *but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. The Education Major portion of the program provides substitute training to college education majors with 60 completed credit hours.

The interactive training sessions will provide strategies for effective instruction and management of traditional, non-traditional and special education classrooms, as well as offer a variety of resources. Applicants also will be required to complete a classroom observations that is arranged by CSIU staff.

Education Majors will leave the program with a Locally Issued Permit allowing the participant to sub up to 20 days per school year. 

Guest teachers leave the program with an **emergency permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the basic knowledge to be an effective substitute teacher who can sub 20 days per teacher per school year.


The following currently participate in the guest teacher program:  

  • Benton Area School District
  • Berwick Area School District
  • Bloomsburg Area School District
  • Columbia-Montour AVTS
  • CSIU
  • Danville Area School District
  • Line Mountain School District
  • Lewisburg Area School District
  • Midd-West School District
  • Mifflinburg Area School District
  • Millville Area School District
  • Milton Area School District
  • Mount Carmel Area School District
  • Selinsgrove Area School District
  • Shikellamy School District
  • Southern Columbia Area School District
  • Warrior Run School District

Application Requirements

  • Guest Teacher Application – Click here for the PDF
  • Applicant’s Cover Letter and Resume
  • Transcripts Confirming Bachelor’s Degree – must be sealed from college/university
  • Act 114 Clearance Registration ID Number
    (note: this FBI clearance must be processed less than five years from the time of guest teacher application)
    Click here for details on how to obtain this clearance if necessary

Acceptance into the guest teacher and education  major program is based on application screening. After candidates have been accepted, they will be required to obtain and provide to the CSIU:

  • Act 151 – PA Child Abuse History clearance
  • Act 34 – PA State Police Criminal Record clearance
  • School employee physical examination form, including a current TB test
  • PDE 338-G General Application

Frequently Asked Questions
about the Guest Teacher program can be viewed here (PDF). 

On behalf of the CSIU and participating districts, thank you for your interest in the Guest Teacher  and Education Major program.

*   People who have a lapsed, inactive or current PA certification are not eligible to participate in the GT program.

**  The emergency permit is valid for the school year in which it is issued. Guest teachers wishing to continue substitute teaching in the following year(s) must complete a yearly application to obtain the emergency permit. The application is provided by CSIU. The CSIU will not renew emergency permits for individuals who did not substitute in the prior year.