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Georgia Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Georgia, you must complete the follow steps:

Get Your Degree

  • The minimum degree requirement for all Georgia professional certificates is a bachelor’s degree.
  • If you have a bachelor’s degree but your major was not in Education, there is an alternative pathway available.

Student Teaching Experience

  • Candidates must participate in a student teaching experience in an approved primary or secondary school.
  • These experiences require a semester of full-time student teaching under the supervision of a licensed teacher.

Pass the Exams

  • All educators must pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE).
  • The certification tests an aspiring teacher must pass depend on their chosen grade level and certification field.

Apply for Certification

  • First-time teachers in Georgia receive an induction certificate
  • To receive this certification, you must apply for a job at a Georgia-based school. After being hired, your new employer will apply for the certificate from GaPSC on your behalf.

Apply for Jobs

  • You can apply for jobs directly to school districts since school districts in Georgia have their own websites and job postings.
  • You should also utilize online job search resources.

Most popular Georgia Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Georgia must take the GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators) exams to receive their teacher certification.

GACE GACE Program Admission Assessment

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GACE GACE Elementary Education: Complete

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GACE GACE ParaProfessional

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GACE GACE Mathematics

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GACE GACE Middle Grades Langauge Arts

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Non-Traditional Paths

The state provides the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy for those looking to become Georgia educators with degrees in fields outside education.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your Georgia teacher certification exams:

Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.

Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.

Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.

Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Georgia?

The induction certificate remains valid for three years. From there, teachers apply for a professional certificate, which remains valid for five years. To work in public schools, teachers need an active and valid teaching certification issued by the GaPSC.

Best Education Schools in Georgia

  • University of Georgia
  • Georgia State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • University of North Georgia
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Columbus State University
  • University of West Georgia
  • Piedmont University
  • Augusta University
  • Kennesaw State University

Georgia Teacher Salary Information

As of Feb 26, 2024, the average annual pay for a Teacher in Georgia is $45,297 a year.

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The Expert Guide To The GACE: Registration https://www.240tutoring.com/gace-prep/the-expert-guide-to-the-gace-registration/

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The Expert Guide To The GACE: Questions https://www.240tutoring.com/gace-prep/the-expert-guide-to-the-gace-questions/

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Georgia Teacher Certification FAQs

How long does it take to become a teacher in Georgia?

Learners can usually complete a teacher preparation bachelor’s program in four years. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another field can complete teaching certification programs in 18-24 months.

Can you teach in Georgia without a teaching degree?

To teach full time in Georgia, you’ll need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited program.

What is the test to be a teacher in Georgia?

The GACE assessments consist of five main assessment types: Content, Certificate Upgrade, Educational Leadership, Georgia Ethics, and Paraprofessional.

How do I become a teacher’s assistant in Georgia?

In order to be eligible for a Georgia paraprofessional license, you must have an associate’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution or at least two years of college credits (which is measured as at least 60 semester hours of completed courses).

What happens if you fail GACE?

Each GACE exam covers a significant amount of information and may include a range of subjects and objectives. Failing any part of a GACE test disqualifies candidates from teaching in Georgia schools.

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