Guest Teacher Program
The Guest Teacher Program is a service the CLIU offers to the community and our local school districts. Individuals who have obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited college may apply to participate in the program. The program's purpose is to provide quality substitute training to individuals with limited or no teaching experience. The program is conducted in order to provide participating Districts and Career and Technical Institutes with trained substitute teachers. Each Guest Teacher exits the program with the basic understanding to be a substitute teacher on a day-to-day basis and an emergency permit issued by the PA Department of Education (PDE) which makes the Guest Teacher eligible to substitute teach in any participating District and Career and Technical Institutes. The opportunities are rewarding and gratifying.
Below are the important dates for the Fall 2019-2020 Guest Teacher Program.
2019-2020 Timeline of Events
July 15, 2019: Application available to apply
August 16, 2019: Deadline to submit completed application
August 27 and 28, 2019: Interviews
September 10 and 11, 2019: Training
October 9, 2019: Meet and Greet Session
The Basics of Applying to the Program:
Interested applicants may begin the process by completing an employment application starting on July 15, 2019.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROGRAM
In order to apply for the program one must have successfully completed graduation requirements for a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in the U.S. and submit official sealed transcripts as part of the application process. If an individual was educated outside of the U.S. then an evaluation of transcripts must be submitted with the application. To obtain information about the evaluation process please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website at www.education.pa.gov.
The Guest Teacher application must be completed by the deadline date of August 16, 2019. Applications received without all the supporting documents will not be accepted.
The costs associated with the program include:
- The expense associated with the university charges for official sealed transcripts
- The PA Criminal Clearance ($22) which can be obtained online at https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
- The Child Abuse Clearance ($13) which can be obtained online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home (this clearance can take up to 3 weeks to be returned)
- The FBI Clearance ($23.85) which can be obtained online at https://uenroll.identogo.com/workflows/1KG6S7
- The cost of a health physical and TB test (applicants responsibility)
- $30 program fee (to be paid upon acceptance into program)
** NOTE: Clearances should not be older than December 17, 2018.
Guest Teacher applications need to be submitted as directed by the deadline, no exceptions will be permitted. All applications, if submitted by the deadline, will be reviewed.
If selected for an interview the Guest Teacher applicant must be available for an interview on the interview dates of August 27 or August 28, 2019. Interviews will only be conducted on these dates. Applicants who are selected into the program will be notified by mail.
If selected for the program, the Guest Teacher must be available to attend two days of mandatory training on September 10 and September 11, 2019. No exceptions will be made. Upon completion of the two days of training, final paperwork will be distributed to each candidate.
Conclusion of the Program:
The program concludes with the distribution of the Guest Teacher packet to the successful Guest Teacher. The Guest Teacher Packet includes all materials received by the CLIU from the point of application to the final paperwork materials and PDE emergency permit. The CLIU will prepare one copy of the materials and distribute to the Guest Teacher. The Guest Teacher will be responsible for making multiple copies of the packet for distribution to each district they wish to apply.
The Meet and Greet session held on October 9, 2019 concludes the program. The Guest Teacher can meet with School District Representatives from districts in which they choose to substitute. At the Meet and Greet session, School District Representatives will be accepting the Guest Teacher packet and distributing pertinent information that pertains to the district's substitute information and hiring process. The Meet and Greet session is a job fair for Guest Teachers only.
Each year after the initial training year the Guest Teacher will receive an email from the CLIU HR Department requesting information pertaining to renewal of the emergency permit. The Guest Teacher is responsible for returning the information requested by the deadline. The email is sent in June of each year and requested to be returned by July. This is a renewal for the Guest Teacher program and the emergency permit. Lack of a response by the deadline date will eliminate the Guest Teacher from the program and will not allow the Guest Teacher to receive an emergency permit to substitute teach for the following school year. The response to the June email is separate from any materials a Guest Teacher may receive from an employing school district or career and technical institute.