GROVE CITY — The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV is accepting applications for emergency day-to-day substitute teachers at schools for the 2020-21 school year in Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties.

The intermeditate unit has a program to train people with bachelor’s degrees to serve as emergency substitute teachers who can fill in when districts cannot find a certified substitute teacher.

Through the MIU IV’s emergency substitute consortium, potential substitute teachers attend a two-day training session. Following the training, they can apply to the state Department of Education for an emergency substitute certificate. With certification through MIU IV, substitutes can teach in any school district participating in the consortium and MIU IV classrooms. Cheryl Pilch, Coordinator of Educational Services for the intermediate unit, said 25 area school districts, three career and technical centers, and two nonpublic schools are participating in the consortium this year.

The intent of the program is to increase the number of available substitutes in public schools. Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV will offer training Sept. 28 and 29. Instruction will focus on classroom management, instructional strategies, school procedures and routines, team building and positive behavior in the classroom. 

To register for the training, contact the MIU IV Continuing Education Department at 724-458-6700 ext. 1286 or 1224 or email or