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To become a certified teacher in Georgia, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.

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Certification Requirements

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) mandates that all prospective educators meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of a GaPSC-approved teacher preparation program in one’s desired certification program (early childhood, middle grades, secondary, special education, etc.) at an accredited Georgia college/university.
  • Professional recommendation from an authorized certification officer, verifying the completion of the following:
    • Passing score on the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or meeting exemption requirements.)
    • Passing score on state-approved content area assessment(s) in desired area of certification
    • Completion of appropriate coursework

Georgia Teacher Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Georgia, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Georgia Teacher Preparation

Become a teacher in Georgia

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Information about alternative certification in Georgia can be found here.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission publishes a list of state-approved teacher preparation courses in Georgia.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers specific to the State of Georgia, visit our Georgia Teacher Scholarships page.

Georgia Required Tests

GACE - Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

GACE assessments are aligned with Georgia’s state-standard curriculum as well as nationwide content standards. These assessments are designed to measure the knowledge and skills necessary to be a qualified educator within the Georgia public school system. The Georgia Department of Education requires the completion and passing of two assessments: Basic Skills Assessment and Content Assessment(s).

Assessment

Test

Measures teaching candidates’ knowledge and skill in relation to reading, writing and mathematics. The test is broken into three sections and is provided in multiple formats. The reading and mathematics portions of the exam consist of multiple-choice questions, and the writing portion of the exam consists of both multiple-choice questions and a constructed response assignment.

Basic Skills Assessment

These tests measure a variety of content knowledge and are dependent on teaching candidates’ desired level of instruction/certification. Please visit GACE for a complete list of available Content Assessments.

Content Assessment

Georgia Certification Reciprocity

Georgia will accept some teaching credentials from the following states. Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Georgia Teacher Salary

  • Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Georgia provides differential pay for teachers teaching in high needs schools and for teachers teaching in shortage subject areas
  • Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: Georgia has no induction policies in place
  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: The average elementary school teacher in Georgia makes $53,190
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: The average secondary teacher in Georgia makes $52,830
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Georgia makes 144% of the salary of the average worker in Georgia
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: The average teacher in Georgia receives 15 weeks of vacation per year

Applying for Certification

How to Apply Online

TeachGeorgia

TeachGeorgia is the official online database for teaching positions within the Georgia public school district. This portal allows certified teachers to upload their resume and credentials, and search and apply for open positions. Job openings are available for public access, but individuals must create an account in order to apply to positions and access additional TeachGeorgia resources.

Fingerprinting

Please visit Georgia’s Cogent System or call 888.439.2512 for instructions and information regarding Georgia’s fingerprint process and background clearance.

Georgia Substitute Teacher Requirements

Please click here to learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Georgia.

Contact Information

      Georgia Department of Education

      205 Jesse Hill Drive S.E.

      Atlanta, Georgia 36104

      (404) 232-2500 – Contact

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