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Certification for CTAE Teachers in Georgia

A Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) teacher uses specific skills to prepare students for a variety of career pathways or higher education after completing high school. Like other educator pathways, a CTAE teacher must hold a valid certificate to practice in the state of Georgia.

Overview of CTAE Program in Georgia

Georgia's CTAE program recently underwent a revision in order to ensure that the skills identified were sufficient to satisfy the needs of the workforce. This led to the development of Georgia Performance Standards and Foundation Skills which would guarantee the students' readiness for professional life after high school. There are general requirements that teachers need to satisfy, as well, in order to be certified in this program. Find out more details below.

Education Required Bachelor's degree (some areas may allow an associate's degree)
Exam Requirements GACE Program Admission Assessment; GACE content exam(s); Georgia Ethics Assessment
Certification Period Three years, non-renewable
Average Georgia Salary (2018)* $56,780 (middle school CTAE teachers); $64,420 (secondary school CTAE teachers)
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)* 4% (CTAE teachers nationally)*

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Certification Options

CTAE fields in Georgia include business, agriculture, engineering and technology, family and consumer sciences, computer science, marketing, healthcare science, and career and technical specializations. Those wishing to teach one of these subjects have two options for obtaining certification. First, they can enroll in a traditional bachelor's degree program majoring in one of these areas with teacher preparation training. This route will allow them to earn a professional Georgia teaching certificate directly. If they already hold a bachelor's degree (or an associate's in some areas), they can apply for an Induction Pathway 4 certificate instead.

General Requirements for the Induction Certificate

Interested candidates should hold a bachelor's degree and will need to have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. They'll also need to pass several tests including the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment, which is a combination of reading, writing and mathematics assessments that confirm the candidate's proficiency at teaching these materials. Candidates must also pass a GACE content exam in their area of expertise as well as the Georgia Ethics Assessment.

Specialized Requirements for Healthcare Science Fields

There are different qualifications for those wishing to teach healthcare science, and these qualifications are based on a combination of educational and occupational standards. Interested candidates must have a minimum of an associate's degree in a healthcare-related field such as a medical assistant, nursing assistant or medical transcriptionist. They must also have a current professional license or registration in the healthcare field as well as a minimum of two years of applicable work experience. Finally, the candidate must seek employment with a Georgia school, and then they'll be eligible to earn the certificate.

Requirements for Career and Technical Specialization Fields

The career and technical specializations include areas such as barbering, collision repair, culinary arts, and welding technology. Qualifications include industry licensing and assessments as well as work experience. Specific qualifications for each area can be found on Georgia's education page.

Professional Certificate

The induction certificate is valid for three years, and cannot be renewed. So having obtained this certificate, the candidate is expected to apply for Georgia's professional certificate at the end of the three years. Teachers can select between the Standard or Performance Based certificates, each with its own set of requirements.