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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below:
Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certification Division 200 Piedmont Ave. SE Suite 1702 Atlanta, GA 30334-9032