Become a High School Teacher in Georgia

High school teachers lay the foundations for student success in adult life, whether students want to attend college or university or want to immediately enter the job market. Read on to learn how to become a high school in the state of Georgia. Schools offering Teaching - K-12 degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Education and Assessment Requirements for Becoming a High School Teacher in Georgia

High school teachers prepare students for adult life. This includes laying the foundations for success in college or university or preparing them for the job market. This article covers the education and assessment requirements for becoming a certified high school teacher in the state of Georgia.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
Completion of educator preparation program
Completion of a course on identifying and educating exceptional children
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
Advancement Requirements Standard Professional Certificate: 3 years' teaching experience
Performance-Based Professional Certificate: 3 years of teaching experience and a 'Proficient' or 'Exemplary' rating on teaching evaluations
Standard Professional Educational Leadership Certificate: Tier I Educational Leadership program
Performance-Based Professional Education Leadership Certificate: Performance-Based Educational Leadership program, GACE Educational Leadership content assessment, Performance Assessment for School Leaders, Ethics for Educational Leadership - Program Exit assessment
Mean Salary for High School Teachers in Georgia (2018) $58,050 (General); $64,420 (Career/Technical Education), $58,260 (Special Education)*
Estimated Job Growth for High School Teachers (2016-2026, nationwide) 8%*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job Description

High school teachers prepare students for college, university, or the job market. They generally teach students in grades 9-12. High school teachers generally specialize in and teach one subject, such as math, a foreign language, or physical education. Within the classroom, they instruct students, maintain control over the classroom, and assign in-class assignments, homework, and projects. Outside of the classroom, they prepare lessons, grade assignments and projects, help students, and meet with parents to report on student progress. They may also supervise students outside of the classroom, such as in the hallways and cafeteria. High school teachers may also coach a team or advise a club.

Education

In order to become a teacher in the state of Georgia, students must earn a bachelor's degree and complete a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) educator certification program. The most common pathway is to complete the educator certification program while working towards a bachelor's degree.

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment

A passing score on this assessment is required in order to be admitted into an educator preparation program in Georgia. This assessment tests 3 subject areas: reading, mathematics, and writing. Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) candidates do not need to pass this assessment in order to admitted into their educational preparation program, but they must pass this assessment in order to complete the program.

Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Entry

A passing score on the Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Entry is also required in order to be admitted into an educator preparation program. There are 2 educator ethics assessments: Program Entry and Program Exit. The Program Exit assessment is required to qualify for the Induction level certification (see below). This assessment will test individuals on the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators and the ability to make ethical decisions within an educational setting.

Pre-Service Certificate

In order to do supervised field experience and student teaching in Georgia schools, a student must have the Pre-Service certificate. This certificate will be requested on students' behalf by the institution where they are completing their education certification program.

Getting Certified

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has adopted a 4-tiered certification structure. The first tier is the above-mentioned Pre-service certification. The second tier is the Induction certification. This certification period is generally 3 years. There are 4 pathways to this certification. This article will focus upon educator candidates who study within the state of Georgia, which is Pathway 1. The Pathway 1 requirements to certify at the Induction level are:

  • Complete a GaPSC-approved educator preparation program.
  • Pass the appropriate GACE content assessment for teaching area at the Induction level.
  • Pass the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit
  • Pass the GaPSC-approved content pedagogy assessment: edTPA.
  • Complete a course on identifying and educating exceptional children.

GACE Content Assessments

In order to become a certified teacher in Georgia, candidates must pass the appropriate content assessment at the Induction level. Candidates who want to certify to teach at the high school level will take the designated 6-12 or P-12 content assessment for their teaching area. Not all subjects have content assessments, so a content assessment is not required for candidates who teach in these subjects: classical Greek, dance, drama, and trade and industrial education. Candidates who want to teach a foreign language that is not French, German, Latin, Spanish, classical Greek, or American Sign Language must take an ACTFL Foreign Language Assessment.

Identifying and Educating Exceptional Children Course

Candidates must also take a course that is designed to teach educators how to identify and educate children with special educational needs. These students include students with behavioral, developmental, and learning disabilities; deaf students; students with physical and health disabilities; and visual impairments. Gifted students should also be covered in this course. Courses fulfilling this requirement can be taken at a college or university. A Georgia professional learning course worth 5 professional learning units can also fulfill this requirement.

Content Pedagogy Assessment: edTPA.

This assessment tests pedagogical knowledge. Candidates will be tested on student learning and development, instructional design, and assessment. They will also be tested on professionalism within an educational setting.

Advancement

The third tier the Professional tier. There are several types of certificates offered at this level: the Standard Professional Certificate, the Standard Professional Educational Leadership Certificate, the Performance-Based Professional Certificate, and the Performance-Based Professional Educational Leadership certificate. The fourth tier is Advanced/Lead Professional. The Standard Professional Certificate requires 3 years of teaching within a Georgia institution. The Performance-Based Professional Certificate requires 3 years of teaching within a Georgia institution and a 'Proficient' or 'Exemplary' rating on one's teaching evaluations during these 3 years. Completion of a GaPSC-approved Tier I Educational Leadership program is required for the Standard Professional Educational Leadership certificate. In order to advance to a Performance-Based Professional Education Leadership Certificate, candidates must: complete a Performance-Based Educational Leadership program, pass the GACE Educational Leadership content assessment, pass the Performance Assessment for School Leaders assessment, and pass the Ethics for Educational Leadership - Program Exit assessment.

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