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Georgia Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $48,300
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $40,080

Coursework and Preparation Programs You'll Need:

You'll need a Bachelor's Degree before you can teach in Georgia schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Georgia teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Georgia-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
http://www.gapsc.com

The state of Georgia lists several alternative routes to teacher certification at this site:
Routes to Certification: http://www.gapsc.com/Certification

Tests

For teacher certification in Georgia, you'll need to take the following series of tests for basic skills and the subject areas in which you wish to teach:
Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Official Site: http://www.gace.nesinc.com/index.asp | GACE Test

Certification is just the beginning

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Georgia has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states. For more information, see this PDF:
Certification by Interstate Reciprocity
http://www.gapsc.com/Rules/Current/Certification/505-2-.015.pdf

Facts about Georgia Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Georgia for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

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For Further Information

You can contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission about teacher certification at this address:
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Two Peachtree Street
Suite 6000
Atlanta, GA 30303

Or you can call at (404) 232-2500 or 1-(800) 869-7775 (toll free).
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Georgia teacher certification process:

Georgia Department of Education:
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/

Georgia Professional Standards Commission:
http://www.gapsc.com/

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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