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Alternative Pathway to Certification

If you already have a bachelor's degree, you may be able to qualify for a Provisional Certificate.  This is a 3-year, non-renewable certificate that allows you to teach while you complete a certification program.  This certificate can only be issued once you are hired to teach in a Georgia school (referred to as a Georgia LUA - Local Unit of Administration).  The minimum requirements you must meet before seeking employment are as follows:
  • A bachelor's degree or higher.  If your highest degree is a bachelor's degree and it was earned less than 10 years prior to the date of application, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.  If you do not, you may still qualify by submitting proof of acceptance into a GaPSC-accepted educator preparation program or an accredited advanced degree program;
  • Candidate must have official transcripts from all college/universities attended;
  • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, or exemption.  GACE scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC.  An exemption must be documented by a copy of an official score report for an eligible exam;
  • Induction level or higher passing score on the appropriate GACE content assessment.  If you are seeking employment as a consultative Special Education teacher, you are not required to pass the GACE content assessment before being eligible for certification;
  • Completion of the Georgia Educator Ethics (360) Assessment.
The Candidate must be recommended by the principal for a teaching position.  Upon approval by the Superintendent, the candidate's name will be submitted to the Board of Education for approval.
Please go to for GACE registration information.  You will need to create a MyPSC account at to request eligibility to register for a GACE assessment.  Please see below: