College of Education
Future Changes, Requirements and Issues
Affecting Teacher Candidates in the
College of Education or Appropriate
Preparation Programs entering in
Spring 2014 and Beyond
Content Exams for all Education Programs:
- Candidates must be released to take the content exams by the College of Education. All candidates in the COE will be released prior to the Internship I semester. (Please see your specific program for more information.)
- Content exams are costly to candidates. See below for the cost breakdown as well as how many exams each program is required to take.
- Candidates need to be prepared for these costs. Start saving your money now!
Content Combined Test Cost ($193.00)
Single Test Fee ($123.00)
Number of Tests per Program:
- Early Childhood Education (2 Tests)
- Health and Physical Education (2 Tests)
- Middle Grades (2 Tests)
- Special Education with Content (2 Special Education, 2 Highly Qualified Content)
- Art (2 Tests)
- Math (2 Tests)
- Music (2 Tests)
- Spanish (2 Tests)
edTPA: What is edTPA?
edTPA is a preservice assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all candidates.
When will edTPA be implemented: Fall 2015
What does edTPA involve?
Evidence of a candidate's ability to teach is drawn from a subject-specific learning segment of 3-5 lessons from a unit of instruction taught to one class of students. Materials assessed as part of the edTPA process include video clips of instruction, lesson plans, student work samples, analysis of student learning, and reflective commentaries. Based on the submitted evidence, which is reviewed by trained scorers, faculty and candidates can discuss the impact of candidates' teaching performance on student learning and determine ways to improve teaching. Faculty can analyze evidence of candidate performance to guide decision-making about program revision. State education agencies may use edTPA scores for licensure and accreditation.
How is edTPA scored?
The student’s portfolio is sent out to outside evaluators hired by PEARSON.
Tiered Certification by the State of Georgia: Implementation TBD
What is Tiered Certification?
GAE began several years ago to advocate for professional teaching salary advancement opportunities to encourage teachers to remain in the classroom. The PSC has begun to explore this process and the method for implementation. This method of tiered certification and advanced professionalism has been successful in several states and has been suggested as policy in many more. Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, California, and New Mexico have all implemented various forms of a tiered certification system. Maryland and Idaho have been moving toward implementation by creating reform commissions to study the need for such a system and the process for instituting it. Both groups have made recommendations that a tiered system be adopted by their states.
This type of certification provides a method for teachers to advance in their profession without leaving the classroom. The GA PSC is recommending that a system be adopted that provides five levels of certification:
• Pre-Service: candidates are officially admitted to Candidacy.
• Induction (0-2 years): occurs when candidates have been officially recommended for certification and receive a teaching job in a Georgia school system.
• Professional: clear renewable certificate grantedafter two (2) years of professional teaching have been completed as well as obtained “professional” score on the GACE content exams defined by the state of Georgia.
*Teacher Leader or *Principal Leader
Each of these levels is achieved with experience, professional development, and increased responsibility or participation in the school or school system. Each level also comes with a salary incentive and the ability to advance one’s teaching career while remaining a classroom teacher.
When would Tiered Certification Begin: Fall 2015 Tentatively
At this point, we have not received complete information about the Tiered Certification Process, but once we do, we will let all College of Education candidates know the details.