ARIN Intermediate Unit 28

Regional Education Service Agency

Guest Teacher Program

What is a Guest Teacher?

A Guest Teacher serves as a substitute to replace teachers when they are absent from their classrooms.

The primary requirements for becoming a Guest Teacher Teacher in ARIN Intermediate Unit 28’s Guest Teacher Consortium are 1) completion of a Bachelor’s degree program conferred by a regionally accredited college/university (a teaching certificate is NOT required) and 2) completion of the Guest Teacher training provided by ARIN IU 28.

NOTE: Those with PA teaching certificates or its equivalent from another state are NOT eligible for the Guest Teacher Program and should contact directly those districts in which they wish to substitute.

ARIN IU 28 provides Guest Teachers for both member districts and intermediate unit classrooms and is responsible for their recruitment, training, and certification.

If you are interested in becoming a Guest Teacher, please read the information below and download and read the attachments.

If you do not have access to a printer, you may request a paper Guest Teacher Application packet from Milissa Johns, Secretary Specialist, 724-463-5300, ext. 1231; or mjohns@iu28.org.

  • ARIN Guest Teacher Consortium members (as of 2013-2014)
    • Armstrong
    • Blairsville-Saltsburg
    • Indiana Area
    • Lenape Technical School
    • Marion Center Area
    • Penns Manor Area
    • United
    • ARIN (for ARIN-operated special education classrooms)
  • ARIN Guest Teacher Program Brochure (.pdf file only – format to print 2-sided, if available)
  • The next Guest Teacher application deadline is August 6, 2014.
  • All prospective Guest Teachers who submit an application packet by the deadline must also complete a two-day Guest Teacher Orientation and one day of classroom observations.

The next Orientation is scheduled for August 13 and 14, 2014. If you are applying, you must attend both days.

Both days of the orientation are held at ARIN’s Main Office at 2895 West Pike, Indiana, PA – click here for directions to the IU office

NOTICE: ARIN reserves the right to cancel a scheduled Guest Teacher Orientation if fewer than 10 completed application packets are received at least one week prior to the first day of the orientation.  In the event of cancellation, all checks/money orders received will be mailed back to the applicants. 

The schedule for both days will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with lunch provided. NOTE: For both days, you are required to arrive on time and stay for the entire day – do NOT make plans that will require you to leave early.

Preferably, if you receive them prior to the application deadline, copies of the Act 34 PA State Police Criminal Background Check and Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance results should be submitted as part of your Guest Teacher Application packet. However, if you do not receive them in time, you should go ahead and submit the rest of the application packet prior to the deadline.

In either case, you must bring the originals of the Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance with you to the Guest Teacher Orientation for verification by ARIN.

Also, as part of the Guest Teacher Application Packet, you must submit a check or money order made out to “ARIN Guest Teacher Program” for $30. This fee is charged to cover costs for meals and materials associated with the required two-day Guest Teacher Orientation and for the Emergency Permit application.If your check is returned due to insufficient funds, you will be charged an additional $30. In the event you are unable to attend the two-day Orientation, your check for $30 will be returned to you ONLY if you cancel via an email to Danielle Patterson at least 48 hours prior to the start of Day One of the Orientation.

To apply, download the following documents.

Following participation in the next Guest Teacher Orientation, when can an applicant expect to start subbing?

  • It depends – on when all of an applicant’s clearances and other required forms are submitted to us; how soon an applicant and the district he/she is observing in are able to set up the required observation day; whether ARIN runs into any “snags” with conducting reference checks; etc.
  • Also, the process usually includes approval at board meetings by each district in which an applicant chooses to substitute (so it may also depend on when, after all other requirements have been met, each district’s next board meeting falls).
  • Typically, Guest Teachers are able to begin subbing approximately six weeks after the Orientation (although, in a “worst case” scenario, it could take up to three months).

If you have questions, please contact Milissa Johns, Secretary Specialist, 724-463-5300, ext. 1231; or mjohns@iu28.org.