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How to Become a Teacher in Georgia: Teacher Certification

This is a general guide to the steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Georgia. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

If you're curious about teaching salaries in Georgia, see here.

Traditional Approach for the Georgia Teacher Certification

  1. If you don't have a college degree yet, you should earn at least a bachelor's degree.
  2. Take a teacher prep courses if you do not have any student teaching or other internship giving you teaching experience.
  3. Sign up and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE).
  4. Submit the following:
    • Completed application form
    • Current certifications (if you already have one)
    • $20 Application fee payable to State of Georgia
    • Official Transcripts of all degrees and credits you have earned
    • Copies of all your test scores
    • Mail to:
      Georgia PSC Certification Application
      Two Peachtree Street, Suite 6000
      Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3141
  5. Do you want to renew your Georgia Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for the Georgia Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path you can take to get your Georgia Teacher Certification. Georgia’s Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP) will allow you to teach without before you acquire a Clear Renewable Certification.

  1. See if you’re eligible for TAPP. Request more information from the following accredited universities if you’re not and look into approved education courses to bring you up to the requirements.
  2. Sign up and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE).
  3. Find a job to teach in Georgia here. They can help you move to the next step afterwards.
  4. Contact one of the representatives from TAPP to proceed to the next step.

Sources:

  1. Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, http://www.gace.nesinc.com/index.asp
  2. Georgia Professional Standards Commission, https://www.gapsc.com/Home.aspx
  3. GAPSC PLU Requirements for Certificate Renewal, https://www.gapsc.com/Commission/policies_guidelines/downloads/PLU_Requirements_for_Certificate_renewal.pdf
  4. TeachGeorgia, https://www.teachgeorgia.org/

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