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Individuals wishing to teach full-time in a public school need to hold a teaching certificate appropriate for the classes they intend to teach. Armstrong offers three paths to teacher certification:
- Bachelor of Science in Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Post-baccalaureate, non-degree certificate in certain fields
Most states have specific requirements, such as student teaching (called a clinical internship), that must be completed for a teaching certificate. In Georgia, the requirements are established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).
In addition to offering high-quality teacher-preparation programs leading to a teaching certificate, the College of Education provides a certification officer to help students navigate the steps to certification. This includes assisting students with their application to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
To Become Certified
To gain certification, the Professional Standards Commission requires students to take the following actions:
- Successfully complete an appropriate program of study with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 and a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0
- Successful completion of Clinical Internship with a grade of "S" (Satisfactory)
- Satisfy or be exempt from the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (formerly known as Basic Skills Assessment)
- Pass the edTPA assessment
- Pass Online Georgia Educator Program Exit (360) Ethics Assessment
- Pass the GACE Content Assessment examinations (if applicable)
- Submit a completed GAPSC initial certification application including official transcripts and other supplemental documents
Seminar about Certification Procedures
A mandatory meeting occurs at the end of Internship II at Armstrong to begin the process to be recommended for a Georgia teaching certificate. You must complete and submit the Georgia PSC certification application to the Certification Officer to be issued a certificate of eligibility or induction certificate.
A student who does not apply for his/her certificate within five years of program completion may be required to take additional course work in order to meet the certification requirements at that time.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure his/her teaching certificate remains current.
Advanced Teacher Certification
Students completing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program do not require paperwork from the certification officer. Students should request a degree-posted transcript from the Registrar's Office and submit this transcript, along with a Georgia Professional Standards Commission Application for Certification, through their employing school system or directly to the GAPSC for upgrading of their certificate field.
Students completing a program or classes that result in the endorsement as an add-on field must submit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Application for certification, a transcript reflecting the qualifying classes to the certification officer for processing and a GAPSC Employer Assurance Form completed and submitted by your Local Unit of Administration (LUA) or pay required processing fee of $20.
Reciprocity with Other States
Students wishing to teach outside of Georgia are recommended to obtain their certificate of eligibility in Georgia, and then apply through any other state's certification board. For reciprocity check with respective state board.
If you are an undergraduate student OR a Master of Arts in Teaching student who has not held or currently holds a provisional or initial teaching certificate, you are not required to pay the $20 processing fee. Please check the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website regarding payment information and any exemptions that may apply.