Become a Teacher in Georgia

Georgia Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary:$54,870
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $56,850
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15 

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics External link  report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/09/2018.

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To become a certified teacher in Georgia, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit a Georgia teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating with new information on a regular basis.


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Step One: Georgia Prerequisite Coursework

The first step to getting certified as a teacher is choosing a specialization and/or grade level and earning your bachelor’s degree.

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.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

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Step Two: Georgia Teacher Preparation

Next, you’ll need to complete an approved teacher preparation program. Visit Georgia Professional Standards Comission (GaPSC) website to find a state-approved teacher preparation program in Georgia. Afterward, make sure to contact the Certification Official at your accredited college/university to submit a verification of completion.

Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (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.

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.

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. Learn more about alternative certification in Georgia.

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Step Three: Georgia Required Tests

Next, you’ll need to complete the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exams, which 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).

Visit the GaPSC for more information on state testing requirements and registration dates.

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Step Four: Georgia Application Requirements

Finally, submit a completed licensure application to get the show on the road! You can create an account with GaPSC’s MyPSC system to begin your licensing application. You may also submit a paper application, which can also be accessed through your MyPSC account.

Make sure you have all your supporting documents! Here’s a complete checklist of things you need to submit along with your license application for first-time applicants:


Teacher Preparation Program Verification

Test Scores

  • GACE scores are submitted electronically to the GaPSC and should not be submitted by the applicants

Supporting documentation may be scanned, uploaded, and submitted online through the Applications section of your MyPSC account, with the exception of official transcripts which can be emailed to or to the address below:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Certification Division
200 Piedmont Ave. SE
Suite 1702
Atlanta, GA 30334-9032

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Georgia Certification Reciprocity

If you would like to teach in another state with your pre-existing license, Georgia will accept some teaching credentials. Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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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: $54,870
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $56,850
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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