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New sub-program for non-certificated teachers

Dec. 13, 2019

New sub-program for non-certificated teachers

books The Upper St. Clair School District is launching a new Extended Teacher Certification Program for non-educators who are interested in serving as substitute teachers. The program is aimed at those who hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited college or university but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

“School districts across the nation are coping with a shortage of substitute teachers and Upper St. Clair is no exception,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said. “We have a highly educated and engaged citizenry. The ETC Program is a great way to leverage the existing resources within our community to help meet this challenge.”

According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the number of teaching certificates issued has declined more than 62 percent over the last eight years. During the academic year 2010-11, Pennsylvania issued 21,045 teaching certificates. In 2017-18, that number dropped to 7,970. As a result, there are fewer teacher candidates and, more pronounced, a substitute teacher shortage for many districts across the commonwealth – including Upper St. Clair.

“The ETC substitute program is a great option for those who are considering a career in education, returning to the workforce, or looking to work with children,” Ray Carson, senior director of operations and administrative services, said.

Those interested in the ETC Program should plan to attend one of two informational meetings. Events are set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in the Upper St. Clair High School LGI room (please enter the school through the theater entrance) and 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in the District Administration Building. Each program is anticipated to last an hour. Click here to RSVP online for one of the informational meetings.

The ETC Program enables those who have completed a bachelor’s degree to acquire training in order to serve as substitute teachers. Those who meet eligibility requirements will receive a non-certificated permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. These permits are valid for one school year and individuals can apply for renewal annually through the school district.

Applications for the spring ETC Program will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2020. Applicants will follow the interview process and successful candidates must attend a one-day orientation, complete an online training curriculum and observe two classes – one in elementary and another in middle or high school. As with all district employees, ETC substitutes must complete the required background, medical, reference and clearances checks. Click here to apply online for the ETC Program.

Upper St. Clair substitutes are paid $100 per day Monday through Thursday and $120 per day on Fridays. Additional monetary incentives are awarded after working 25, 50, 75 and 100 days. After working 25 days, substitutes are eligible to attend trainings and professional development opportunities that are offered to Upper St. Clair School District teachers.

Certificated teachers who are interested in serving as a substitute can apply via the district’s website.

For more information regarding the ETC Program or substitute teaching in the Upper St. Clair School District, contact Judi Stemmler, human resources representative, at or via phone 412-833-1600 ext. 2289.

Download the ETC program flyer