In the Teaching (T) field we offer Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education and others. In the Service (S) field we offer Media Specialist at Level 5. In the Leadership (L) field we offer Educational Leadership at Level 6.
The Reading Endorsement and the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement are added to the T4, T5, and T6 levels of base certificates.
Initial teacher (T) certification at the graduate level may be obtained by completing a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Secondary Education, or Special Education.
You may also visit the PSC web page to check for PSC approved programs offered at GC and other Georgia universities and colleges.
Routes to Teacher Certification
Upon completion of the approved program, certification must be applied for from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The applicant will be recommended to the PSC for certification by the Certification Office when all certification requirements are met. Applications for certification are available online from the PSC. Information on the process may be obtained by calling the Certification Office at GC, 478-445-2514 or 1-800-342-0471 extension 2514 [toll free in Georgia] from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays.
Your recommendation for certification depends on the teacher preparation program you have completed as described below.
Certification Programs Offered at GC
A Georgia PSC Application offers seven possible transactions relating to various types of certification. Four of those transactions are available through GC.
Certification transactions available through GC:
1. Clear Renewable Certificate- (Initial Certification)
2. Add a New Clear-Renewable Certificate Field
3. Convert Non-Renewable Certificate to Clear Renewable Status
4. Upgrade to a Higher Certificate Level
Note: The Approved Program Completion Form (pdf) is one part of a complete Application Package. Every certification transaction does not require the Approved Program Completion Form, but every transaction request requires an application.
In addition, please see the section Transcript Requirements below.
If this is your first teaching certificate you must apply through the GC Certification Office. Below are the four major areas for initial certification at GC.
1. If you complete an undergraduate program in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, or Music, you will be recommended for Induction Certification at Level 4. Until employed, this takes the form of a Certificate of Eligibility for an Induction Certificate in the Tiered Certification System. With employment, it becomes the IN1T Induction Certificate valid for five years.
2. If you complete the M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program in Special Education, Health & Physical Education, or Secondary Education you will be recommended for a T-5 teaching certificate. This is a Professional Clear Renewable certificate and is valid for five years.
3. If you complete a M.Ed. program in Educational Technology / Library Media, you will be recommended for an S-5 teaching certificate. This is a Professional Clear Renewable certificate and is valid for five years.
4. If you complete an Ed.S. program in Educational Leadership, you will be recommended for a PL6 educator certificate. This is a Professional, Clear Renewable certificate and is valid for five years.
5. If you hold only a Provisional or Conditional teaching certificate issued by the state of Georgia and are converting that certificate to a Clear Renewable certificate, then this change is considered to be your first (initial) certificate. In this case, if you have completed the program, you will be recommended for the appropriate Field/Level certificate.
6. If you complete an endorsement program in Reading or ESOL, you will be recommended for those endorsements without taking a GACE assessment.
The Professional Standards Commission requires transcripts for all transactions available through GC. When you request transcripts from GC you will be asked to provide:
1. Address to send the transcript, and
2. Processing Information (depending on when you want the transcript request processed).
Your answers to both of these questions depend on several factors unique to your certification type. Please contact the Certification Office for directions on requesting transcripts from GC. By obtaining accurate information from the Certification Office before requesting transcripts you will facilitate the certification process.
GACE Basic Skills Assessment
- GACE Program Admission Assessment ( or exemption) is required for initial certification
- GACE Program Admission Assessment tests knowledge in reading, math and writing.
- GACE Program Admission Assessment (or exemption) is required by the PSC as a part of college/university recommendations for teacher certification.
- Individuals who hold or have held clear renewable certification, are not required to take GACE Program Admission Assessment.
- Candidates are exempt from this requirement if they have earned qualifying scores on any of these tests:
-SAT: Total Score of 1000 (Math and Verbal),
-GRE: Total Score of 1030 (Verbal and Quantitative before Aug. 2011 and 297 after Aug. 1, 2011), or
-ACT: Total Score of 43 (English and Math)If an individual seeking certification wishes to exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment, the qualifying standardized test scores must be part of the student's GC records. GACE Content Assessment
- All applicants for initial State of Georgia Teacher Certification or certified teachers wishing to add areas to their current State of Georgia Teacher Certification must attain a satisfactory score on the GACE Content Assessment in their chosen field. All GACE tests have a minimum passing scaled score of 220 and are reported as Pass or Fail.
- The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has contracted with Education Testing Service (ETS®), to assist in the development and administration of the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE™). The purpose of the GACE is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. Information on the GACE testing may be found on the GACE web site .
- The GACE are criterion-referenced, objective-based assessments designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests were developed in consultation with committees of Georgia educators, educator preparation faculty, and other content and assessment specialists. Test questions were reviewed and approved by committees of Georgia educators.
- For most of the teaching fields, two tests are required. However, each middle grades assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions and constructed-response assignments. All other content assessments are composed of two tests-each test consists of selected-response questions and one or more constructed-response assignments.
- Each test is administered and scored independently.
- If an examinee is required to take two tests, and one test is passed and the other is failed, only the test that is failed must be retaken. Each test stands alone.
NBPTS:GC graduates who apply for National Board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards™ must submit an Education Verification Form to the Certification Office. Please contact the Certification Office for details.
College Verification Forms:
GC graduates seeking teacher certification in states other than Georgia are often required to have a College Verification Form completed by the Certification Officer. Please contact the Certification Office for details.
David Ladd, Certification Officer