Alternative Certification for Teachers in Georgia

There is an alternative route to gaining a teaching certification in Georgia if you have not yet completed a teacher preparation program. Read on to learn about the admission and completion requirements for these programs. Schools offering Teaching & Learning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Alternative Pathway to Gaining a Teaching Certification in Georgia

The Alternative teaching certification is intended for candidates who want to switch to teaching from another career path. Candidates who are hired to teach while they complete an alternative educator preparation program will work towards an Induction Pathway 4 certification. This certification is at the second, Induction, tier of Georgia's four-tiered teacher certification system.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
Teaching position at a Georgia school
Exams Required GACE Program Admission Assessment;
Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Entry;
GACE Content Assessment;
Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit;
Content Pedagogy Assessment: edTPA
License Validity Period Induction Certificate, 3 years
Mean Salary for teachers in Georgia (2018)* $54,080 (Kindergarten), $56,360 (Elementary School), $58,190 (Middle School), $58,050 (High School)*
Job Growth for teachers (2016-2026, nationwide)* 7% (Kindergarten and Elementary School), 8% (Middle School), 8% (High School)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Induction Pathway 4 Certificate

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) has laid out four pathways to the Induction certification. Candidates who will teach while completing an educator preparation program will follow the fourth pathway, which will lead to Induction Pathway 4 certification. This is a 3-year certificate and the candidate is required to complete an educator preparation program during these three years. Induction Pathway 4 candidates will complete an alternative educator preparation program, most of which are part of Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP), which are designed to fit around the candidate's teaching schedule.

Entry into Alternative Educator Preparation Programs

In order to be admitted into a GaTAPP alternative educator preparation program and to qualify for the Induction Pathway 4 certificate, candidates must be hired to teach in a Georgia school. They must possess a bachelor's degree in the field in which they want to teach or pass the corresponding GACE content assessment at the Induction level. They must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment and the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Entry.

About the Alternative Educator Preparation Programs

Non-traditional preparation through GaTAPP will generally take 18 months to two years to complete. Candidates will take courses on pedagogy, the identification, and education of exceptional children, and other courses necessary for the candidate's teaching area and deemed necessary for the candidate based upon initial evaluation. The candidate will be assigned a Candidate Support Team, which will include a school-based mentor, a school-based administrator, and a program supervisor. If one of these individuals is not a content specialist for the candidate, then a content specialist will also be added to the team. The candidate will complete at least a year of mentoring and coaching with this team.

Completion of the Alternative Educator Preparation Program

In order to complete their alternative educator preparation program, candidates must pass several assessments. They must pass the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit. They must also pass the Content Pedagogy Assessment: Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Candidates will be assessed by their support team. Finally, candidates must pass the GACE Content Assessment which corresponds to their teaching area at the Professional level.

Conversion and Advancement

Upon completion of the alternative educator preparation program, candidates can convert their Induction Pathway 4 certificate to an Induction Pathway 1 certificate. From the Pathway 1 certificate, candidates may be able to advance to the Professional tier. Advancement to a Professional certificate requires that candidates send documentation of completion of the educator preparation program, passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, passing score at the Professional level on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment, passing score on the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment, passing score on EdTPA, and proof of completion of a course on the identification and education of exceptional children.

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