Become a Teacher in Georgia

Georgia Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $53190
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $52830
Teacher Salary vs. State Average: 144%
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15 


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To become a certified teacher in Georgia, you will need to fulfill all prerequisite coursework, teacher preparation, and testing 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. To stay up-to-date with the latest in teacher certification, please complete the form in the right sidebar.

Certification Requirements

Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) 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: 1/06/2015

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

Master’s Requirements

Did you know that 33 states require teachers to have a master’s degree to stay certified in teaching?

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.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with USC Rossier School of Education.

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


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 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.

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: $53,190
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $52,830
  • Teacher Salary vs. State Average Salary: The average teacher in Georgia makes 144% of the salary of the average worker in Georgia
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Applying for Certification

How to Apply Online


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.


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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