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.
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 on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website.
Required Tests for Georgia
Those looking to apply to a Georgia teacher preparation program must pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE ) program admission assessment. Georgia requires the completion of the in your desired subject area to qualify to teach, as well as passage on the edPTA pedagogy exam.
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Initial Teaching Certifications
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 above. If you have a teaching credential from another state, you may be able to use an interstate reciprocity program to become certified in Georgia. Visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to learn more about getting your Teaching Credential in Georgia. Georgia has multiple levels of certification – the Induction Certificate can be upgraded to a Professional Certificate after 3 years of service or passage of GACE exams.. The Advanced and Lead Professional certificate is available for those with 10 years of teaching experience and who hold either an advanced degree, certificate in curriculum and instruction or instructional technology, or NBPTS certification.
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