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:
The state of Georgia lists several alternative routes to teacher certification at this site:
Routes to Certification: http://www.gapsc.com/Certification
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
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
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.
For Further Information
You can contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission about teacher certification at this address:
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Two Peachtree Street
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:
Georgia Professional Standards Commission: