How To Become a Teacher in Georgia


If you'd like to know how to become a teacher in Georgia, the following information will guide you in regard to the requirements of time, knowledge and experience necessary for becoming a teacher in Georgia.

Georgia Teacher Certification Roadmap

Types of Teaching Certificates

In conjunction with a teaching certificate, Georgia offers endorsements. Most endorsement fields require ten to twenty quarter hours of credit in the particular area of focus for completion. The state of Georgia offers the following endorsements:

Teaching Endorsements

  • Birth Through Five Endorsement
  • Career Exploration (PECE)
  • Computer Science Endorsement
  • Coordinator of Cooperative Education (CVAE)
  • Culinary Arts Endorsement
  • Diversified Cooperative Training (DCT)
  • Early Childhood Mathematics Endorsement
  • Early Childhood Science Endorsement
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Gifted In-Field
  • Intervention Specialist Endorsement
  • Middle Grades Endorsement
  • Online Teaching Endorsement
  • Reading Endorsement
  • Related Vocational Instruction (RVI)
  • Safety and Driver Education
  • Special Education Deaf Education Endorsement
  • Special Education Physical and Health Disabilities Endorsement
  • Special Education Preschool (Ages 3-5) Endorsement
  • Special Education Transition Specialist Endorsement
  • Special Education Visual Impairment Endorsement

Service Endorsement

  • Teacher Support Specialist
  • Student Support Team (SST) Coordinator Endorsement

Leadership Endorsements

  • Director of Media Centers
  • Director of Pupil Personnel Services
  • Director of Special Education
  • Director of Technology/Career Education
  • Instructional Supervision
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement

Georgia Teaching Certificate Requirements

In order to be eligible to become a teacher in Georgia, you must meet these requirements:

  • Hold a bachelors degree or higher
  • Complete a state-approved program in the area to be taught
  • Pass content knowledge assessments appropriate to the field of certification
  • Submit a completed application

Education Requirements

In order to attain a Georgia Clear Renewable Teacher Certification, you must hold a bachelors degree in education. If you do not meet this requirement, there are alternative pathways to become a teacher offered to those holding a bachelors degree in a field other than education. Or you may take a look at these online education degree programs and choose one that fits with your career goals.

Fingerprint Clearance

Criminal background checks are NOT part of the initial certification process in Georgia, however, FBI fingerprint checks are required for professional employment in Georgia public schools.

Educator Licensure Assessment in Georgia

Every candidate seeking to become a teacher in Georgia must take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE®). The educator licensure assessment helps ensure teacher candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia's public schools. Here are the frequently asked questions about the GACE.

Certification Reciprocity

Georgia offers reciprocity for individuals who hold an out-of-state teaching certificate or those who have completed a state-approved educator program in another state. The state of Georgia is an active member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) and has signed an interstate agreement with all other states and jurisdictions for all certificate types. This includes teacher certifications, as well as administrative, support and vocational certificates. If you hold a professional certificate issued by another state, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory, the Department of Defense Education (DoDEA), or the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), you are eligible for a Clear Renewable professional Georgia certificate. There are still conditions which you must meet, which may be found here, Georgia certification by interstate reciprocity.

Georgia Alternative Teacher Certification

The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy offers many alternative pathways to become a teacher in Georgia for those who have a bachelor's degree and wish to transition into a career of teaching. The programs offered involve structured supervision and coaching by a team of qualified mentors and coaches comprised of a school-based administrator, a school-based mentor/coach, a program provider supervisor, and a content specialist and leads to eligibility for a Georgia Clear Renewable Teacher Certification. Learn more about the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program

In addition, other service based opportunities offer alternative teacher certification in Georgia. These include:

  • Georgia Troops to Teachers helps qualified military personnel start a second career as a teacher by providing information and resources to attain your teacher certification.
  • Teach for America Atlanta - a teacher training and development program that helps professionals transition to a career in teaching through coaching and education.

Become a Substitute Teacher

If you have a college degree but don't qualify for a teaching certificate, you may consider becoming a substitute teacher in Georgia. You may substitute teach while you attain your teaching credentials through an accredited online program.

Finding Teacher Jobs in Georgia

Teach Georgia is the official state for finding employment opportunities in Georgia public schools. In addition, you may wish to contact the school district in which you will be teaching, as they can provide you with information about available teaching positions. Here is an interactive map that shows the Regional Education Service Agencies in Georgia. Just click on a region on the map to find a list of school districts within a particular region and county of Georgia.

Resources for Teacher Certification in Georgia

Georgia Educator Certification
Two Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 6000
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3141
(404) 232-2500 - Metro Atlanta and Long Distance Line
(800) 869-7775 - Toll Free Outside the Metro Atlanta Area
(404) 232-2560 - FAX Line

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