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Apply now for ETC Program spring cohort

Dec. 17, 2020

Apply now for ETC Program spring cohort

ETC Program The Upper St. Clair School District is now accepting applications for the spring cohort of its Extended Teacher Certification (ETC) 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. 

Interested candidates can learn more during one of two virtual information sessions, which are set for 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 or from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. REGISTER HERE to receive the meeting link.

Applicants will follow the interview process and successful candidates must attend a one-day orientation, complete an online training curriculum and participate in an observation/shadow day at one of the District schools. As with all district employees, ETC substitutes must complete the required background, medical, reference and clearance checks. Click here to apply online for the ETC Program.

Applications are being accepted now through Tuesday, Jan. 19 for the spring cohort. Orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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.

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. 

“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.

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 program flyer

Spring 2021 Timeline

  • Apply online for ETC Substitute Position: Now through Tuesday, Jan. 19
  • Interviews: Now through Jan. 22
  • Informational Meetings (register online): 
    • 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6 - OR
    • 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7
  • Classroom Training/Orientation: Wednesday, Feb. 3
  • Begin scheduling classroom observations: Feb. 15th
  • Begin accepting day-to-day substitute assignments: Feb. 22