- Teacher Certification Map
- Become a Teacher in Georgia
In order to become a certified teacher in Georgia, prospective teachers must follow these steps:
- Choose a specialization and/or grade level and earn your bachelor's degree.
- Fulfill all prerequisite coursework and complete teacher preparation program.
- Finish testing and application requirements.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating the site with new information on a regular basis.
A few quick notes on Georgia's teaching landscape:
- 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
Step One: Prerequisite Coursework
Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. CertificationMap.com 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: 3/22/2016
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.
Visit The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs database to verify whether or not your institution is accepted.
Step Two: 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. After, make sure to contact the Certification Official at your accredited college/university to submit the a verification of completion.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork involved in an accredited teacher preparation program. 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.
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.
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.
Step Three: 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.
|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|
Step Four: 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:
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
- Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID.
Teacher Preparation Program Verification
- Approved Program Completion Form (must be submitted electronically if the program was completed at a Georgia institution);
- Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee (not required for Georgia program completers earning their first Georgia certificate).
- 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 mailed to email@example.com or to the address below:
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30334-9032
Step Five: License Endorsements
In addition to your teaching license, if you would like to earn additional endorsements to your valid Georgia teaching license, you can achieve this in the following ways: complete a state-approved certification program in the new field, passing the appropriate content assessment, or completing a state-approved endorsement program.
Below are the three choices broken down:
- Any field may be added by completing a state-approved certification program in the new field and all applicable Special Georgia Requirements to include the appropriate content assessment. Georgia educators adding a new field by completion of a higher degree must meet additional requirements to qualify for a certificate level upgrade;
- Teaching fields may be automatically added to professional teaching certificates by passing the appropriate content assessment. The field of Early Childhood Education and the joint field of Special Education General Curriculum/Early Childhood Education may not be added be simply passing the content assessment. Adding one of these fields requires completion of a state-approved program and applicable Special Georgia Requirements;
- Endorsements may be added to approved certificate types by completing a state-approved endorsement program. Prerequisite certificates for each endorsement are outlined in the individualendorsement rules.
Visit the GaPSC's Add a Field/Endorsement page to find out more.
Georgia Certification Reciprocity
If you would like to teach in another state with your pre-existing license, Georgia will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Iowa, and Minnesota. 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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