Become a Teacher in Georgia


Georgia Department of Education

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            Earn Your Georgia Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To become certified as a teacher in Georgia, you will need to complete the appropriate number of college credit hours, a teacher preparation course, and the standardized tests specified below. If you have a teaching credential from another state, you may be able to use an interstate reciprocity program to become certified in Georgia. Learn more here about getting your Teaching Credential in Georgia. Georgia has two levels of certification – the Initial certificate can be upgraded to a Clear Renewable Certificate after passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) test. Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Georgia

            All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree  to and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification.  Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements. Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curricula and fieldwork. Curricula generally includes instruction on teaching fundamental skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork often includes field observations, internships, student teaching or a combination of all three. Check with your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information about specific requirements. Georgia does not list specific course or credit hour requirements, but every college or university teacher preparation program will have requirements of its own. Contact your teacher preparation program or the Department of Education for more information. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Georgia

            Georgia requires the completion of the GACE Basic Skills, Content and Professional Tests in your desired subject area to qualify to teach. Most states also require a basic skills examination, but Georgia does not. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Read more about teacher certification tests. Return to the top

            Georgia Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Georgia can be found here. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Georgia

            The Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (TAPP)helps would-be teachers who did not complete a teacher certification program to join the profession. Each candidate receives the support of a group of mentors and coaches who help train them over the course of at least a one-year, and in some cases a two or three year internship. A list of more alternate routes to certification in Georgia can be found at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website. Members of the military may be eligible for Georgia’s Troops to Teachers Program Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Georgia

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Georgia, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Georgia Department of Education.   Return to the top

            Benefits of a Masters in Education in Georgia

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Masters in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Masters program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. Teachers with a Master’s degree in the Atlanta Public Schools earn $4,000-$6,000 more per year than those with only a Bachelor’s degree, depending on years of experience. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Masters in Education Financial Aid

            Georgia residents are eligible for the  Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Georgia Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Georgia makes $53,010 per year, which is 144% of the state average income.  In 2010, the Georgia teacher salary schedule ranged from $31,586 for first-year teachers with just a Bachelor’s degree, to $72,530 for teachers with at least 21 years of experience, and the highest level of Georgia teacher certification. Georgia provides additional pay incentives for those willing to teach in high needs school districts, or in shortage subjects. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Georgia Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Georgia teachers  canretires at age 60 with 10 years of service, or at any age after 30 years of service. The Teachers Retirement System of Georgia (TRSG) serves teachers in Georgia looking for assistance with their retirement. There are multiple plans available depending on the coverage you’re looking for. Georgia also offers additional benefits to teachers, such as health care plans and an annual number of sick days. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Teachers in Georgia

            In Georgia, a teacher must earn Professional Learning Unit (PLU) credits through professional development each year to maintain their teaching certification. Each unit of credit for a PLU is based on 10 hours of contact time with an instructor. Every five years, a certified teacher must earn 10 credits of PLU. To learn more, check out an online summary of the requirements or visit> Return to the top

            Georgia Teaching Jobs

            The Georgia Public School System runs, a site where teachers can search for employment by school district and job title. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Georgia Teacher Certification Information & Links

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