Become a Teacher
To become a certified teacher in Georgia, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing requirements.
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Alternative CertificationGraduates 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.
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- 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
- Georgia does not require a basic skills test for student teaching or for certification.
- Georgia Professional Standards Commission
- Georgia Teacher Tenure
- Troops to Teachers Georgia: In Georgia, Troops to Teachers is managed by the South East Region Office