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.