Alternative Teacher Certification in Georgia

Jan 02, 2019

There is one primary alternative track that prospective teachers who have a degree in another area can take to become certified in Georgia. To learn more, this article will go over the requirements needed for licensure.

For those who want to become a teacher in Georgia, you can look to see if your current education allows you to be eligible for the IN4, or alternative route, certificate. Read on to learn more about this path for a teacher license in Georgia.

Requirements for Alternative Route Teachers in Georgia

Average Salary for Teachers in Georgia (2017)* $29,600 (Preschool)
$53,410 (Kindergarten)
$54,870 (Elementary School)
$56,590 (Middle School)
$56,850 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree to be followed by completion of a state-approved educator prep program within 3 years
Required Field Any for bachelor's degree
Testing Requirements GACE Program Admission Assessment (or exemption)
Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
GACE Content Knowledge Exam

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education

It should come as no surprise that teachers across the nation need a minimum of a bachelor's degree. Georgia falls into this same guideline, and you should have a bachelor's degree before deciding to change career paths and pursue the Induction Pathway 4 (IN4). It may be helpful if you have a major in the area in which you'd like to teach. In order for your degree to be eligible as part of this alternative route, you must have completed it within the last ten years before applying. Your GPA for the entire program must be at least 2.5, as well. This certificate is good for three years, during which time you must complete a certification only program, a master's degree, or one of the GaTAPP programs that are offered.

Step 2: Complete Required Exams

Before you can be eligible for teaching or working through an approved preparation program, you must complete the Georgia state required exams. You'll need to pass the Program Admission Assessment. This exam is actually three subtests that look at your understanding of math, reading comprehension, and language/writing skills. The exam is broken down into three separate tests, but it can also be combined, where you'll have 4.5 hours to complete all three subtests. Between all three exams, there are 152 multiple-choice questions and two constructed response questions.

You will also need to complete the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment. This mini-program looks at the various scenarios and skills that teachers will need to use in the classrooms. The seven modules can be completed at home on your own computer. It is to be taken at your own pace, so there is no need to rush through it. This series of modules is not scored; however, they must all be completed, as well as the tests at the end of each module.

Finally, you'll need to take the content knowledge exam by the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). Each subject has its own test(s) that will prove your knowledge for teaching that subject area. Each exam is structured differently.

Step 3: Get Employed

The state of Georgia requires all prospective teachers to already be working in an educational setting prior to applying for certification. However, if you have completed an educator preparation program, you can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility prior to applying for full certification. Since this will not be the case for most alternative route teachers, you should seek out employment with a Georgia school district, charter school, or private school.

Step 4: Find an Approved Educator Preparation Program

You might choose to apply for a post-baccalaureate certificate program or a master's degree program in education. There are also several colleges and agencies that offer GaTAPP programs for alternative licensing. The GaTAPP stands for Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy. This is the program that can be completed to supplement the missing education courses and student teaching that you would have gotten in an education-focused bachelor's degree program. These programs typically last from 18 months to two years. You will complete your training under several mentors, including a program supervisor, administrator, and content specialist. You have three years to complete any of these programs.

Step 5: Complete Professional Ethics Check

Each school district is required to have its own background check process, so you can safely assume that this will be part of your process. However, prior to certification, you must complete a personal affirmation questionnaire that will check to see whether or not you meet the ethical standards set by Georgia.

Certification Resources for Teachers in Georgia

Georgia has its own assessments put in place for certifying teachers. Since you'll be taking many of these exams, we've compiled a few sources to help you study.

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