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Georgia Teacher Certification

In an effort to create the best possible learning environment for students and make graduates competitive in college and the workforce, Georgia established the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum in 2005. Today's teachers are held to a high standard as well, and that demand for excellence begins with the requirements for Georgia teacher certification.

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Becoming a teacher in Georgia

As is the case in most states, becoming a K-12 teacher in Georgia begins with completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, aspiring teachers enter an approved teaching program during their college studies and graduate with both the bachelor's degree and teacher certification. However, for those who do not graduate with the certification, Georgia offers three alternative routes to obtain certification:

  1. Provisional-level Non-renewable Certification. This certification is for those who have earned their bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, or must be enrolled in a master's degree program or higher, or be enrolled in an approved educator preparation program. Content assessments are required.
  2. One-Year Supervised Practicum Program. To enter this program, teachers must have a bachelor's degree in a field related to certification, passing grades on the assessment tests and basic skills test, as well as professional pedagogy tests.
  3. Georgia TAPP (Intern Certificate). Teachers must be accepted into the TAPP (Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy) program, pass all required tests and have an offer from a Georgia school system. The Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency offers more information about TAPP.

These certifications are required for all public schools in the state, as well as many private schools. Students who wish to teach at the postsecondary level in Georgia must earn at least a bachelor's degree, and in most cases a master's degree or doctorate, but teacher certification is typically not required.

Georgia teaching credentials

Georgia teacher certification is grouped under two categories: Renewable and Non-renewable. The Renewable certification is good for five years from the date of issue. During that time, the teacher must earn at least 10 credits of continuing education. The Non-renewable certificate is issued for a period of one to five years, and at the end of that period must be converted to a Renewable certificate.

There are also many different types, titles, fields and levels of certifications available; to be certain which ones are necessary, potential applicants should contact the school district in which they wish to work and get details on the individual requirements.

According to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, teachers who already hold certification in another state can earn Georgia teacher certification by submitting their valid teaching certificate, application, transaction fee, transcripts from any colleges attended, assessment test scores and record of experience.

Georgia and education

The Georgia Department of Education reports that out of the over 110,400 public school teachers in the state, 46.2 percent held a master's degree, while 32 percent held a bachelor's degree. The workforce is young, with over 40 percent of educators having between one and ten years of experience.

The state of Georgia had 195 public school systems and 2,289 schools in the 2011-2012 school year, reaching over 1,639,000 students. The state is also home to many private schools and an online high school.

Sources:

Understanding Educator certification in Georgia • http://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/understandGACertification.aspx
How do I become a teacher? • http://www.douglas.k12.ga.us/?divisionid=1861&departmentid=2446
Quick Facts about Georgia Public Education • Mar 22, 2012 • http://www.doe.k12.ga.us
Interstate Reciprocity • http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/InterstateReciprocity.aspx
Public Education, PreK-12 • Oct 02, 2009 • http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2619
Standard Renewal Credit • Dec 15, 2010 • http://www.gapsc.com/Rules/Current/Certification/505-2-.024.pdf
Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy • http://www.ciclt.net/sn/adm/editpage.aspx?ClientCode=mresa&FileName=alt_prep_newhome



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