Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program

Teachers are in high demand, but not enough students are graduating with degrees in education to meet the need. In some cases, graduates decide they want to work as teachers after completing a degree in another field. In these situations, candidates may utilize an alternative certification program to transition into a teaching role. These programs can be completed in a short period of time and typically result in the same certification that teachers with a bachelor’s degree in education have.


Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

The 8-week Harvard Bok Teaching Certificate online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.

Sponsored Program

Program Name: Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GTAPP)

Program Mission and Overview:

The GTAPP program is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education to earn teaching certification in Georgia. This program takes approximately one year to complete. Candidates complete an intensive four-week training course in the summer, followed by a year of mentored teaching to gain valuable experience in the classroom. Some candidates may be recommended for additional years of mentored teaching.

Through this program, candidates are able to earn one of several licenses, including:

  • Intern Certificate
  • One-Year Supervised Certificate
  • Core Academic Certificate
  • Advanced Degree Alternative Certificate
  • Clinical Practice Certificate

Eligibility and How to Apply

Candidates for this program must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or better
  • Pass the GACE Basic Skills Assessment
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Obtain employment within a Georgia school district

You can apply through your chosen institution’s GTAPP program. Some providers may have additional eligibility requirements.

Learn more about how to become a teacher in Georgia.