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Substitute Authorization Course

Commit. Inspire. Educate... For our Students!

Be a Super Hero for our area children!

"Excellent material, presented well, great at answering questions."

~ Mary L., 2-day course student 

  • Hold an Associate Degree or 60 semester hours from a regionally accredited institution OR have  completed an approved Paraeducator certification program and hold a Paraeducator certificate.
  • Minimum age of 21 years.

Did You Know?

  • School districts are struggling to secure substitute teachers.
  • You do not need a background in education.
  • You just need an Associate Degree or 60 hours from a regionally accredited institution.
  • OR hold an approved Paraeducator certificate.
  • This could be for you if you want a flexible schedule and enjoy being with students.
  • You could be part of the solution!

Meet Your Instructors

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Katie Koehler

Retired K-5, 9-12 Special, Elementary General Education teacher of 33 years, former high school head volleyball and girls tennis coach, current substitute teacher. Education: MA Educational Administration, MA Secondary Special Education, BA Elementary Education/Emphasis Special Education, community volunteer.


Sarah Staudt

Sarah currently serves as the District K-12 Teacher Librarian for Mason City School District. Of Sarah’s 19 years teaching experience, 15 of those years are in the school library as a teacher librarian for Mason City CSD. Sarah is passionate about teaching information literacy skills, specifically news media literacy, reliable resources and combating fake news.


Jerry Gatton

A graduate of Buena Vista University with a bachelor's degree in Business Education, Jerry is teaching and coaching at Newman Catholic School in Mason City. Additionally, he is finishing up his Master's in Coaching and Administration from Loras College.

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Mike Thompson

Michael Thompson has an A.A. in general studies from NIACC (1999), a B.A. in K-8 Education from the University of Northern Iowa (2002), and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Morningside College (2012). He has over twenty years of teaching experience, ranging in areas of substitute teaching, special education, behavior difficulties, and post-secondary education. Michael has taught Communications at NIACC while also coordinating NIACC’s remedial reading and writing programs for the last eight years. Additionally, Michael has taught guitar and bass lessons as an adjunct at NIACC for the last five years and has operated his private music studio for roughly twenty years as well.

"Contact me! I'm here to help with all your questions - and I can even help get you enrolled."
Dyan Childress

Dyan Childress, Community Education Programer, NIACC Business & Workforce Solutions