Businesses are the primary wealth creators in the western world and, as such, are key to providing us with the financial security, prosperity and work opportunities that we crave. With this in mind, it is easy to appreciate just how important business education teachers are as they equip young people with the foundational knowledge which can enable them to succeed in the world of commerce. To become a certified business education teacher in Georgia, candidates must satisfy certain education and testing requirements. Here, we take a look at the steps that need to be overcome to qualify for certification.
Business Education Teacher Certification Requirements in Georgia
|Average Salary for Teachers in Georgia (2017)*||$56,590 (Middle), $56,850 (Secondary)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||GACE Business Education (6-12) (code: 042, 043), GACE program admission test (code: 700)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Earn a Degree
Prospective business education teachers in Georgia need to obtain a bachelor's degree in business education from an accredited higher education institute. The degree program should incorporate an approved educator preparation program, which allows for the completion of courses in middle and secondary education. These courses will include classes on topics such as pedagogy, middle school classroom instruction, young adolescent learners and economics. Business education teacher hopefuls should obviously choose courses that are most relevant to the subject area they wish to eventually teach.
Educator preparation programs will also include a practicum and/or internship component so that candidates can acquire a foundation of classroom teaching experience.
Step 2: Pass All Required Testing
Aspiring business education teacher candidates must first have earned minimum acceptable scores on the SAT®, ACT®, or GRE®, or pass the three Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) tests, to be accepted into a state-approved educator preparation program. The GACE tests assess teacher program candidates in the areas of reading, mathematics and writing. The reading and mathematics tests are comprised of 56 selected-response questions, whereas the writing tests consists of 40 selected-response questions and two written assignments. The tests can be taken separately or together (the combined test code is 700). The tests are as follows:
- Reading (code: 200)
- Mathematics (code: 201)
- Writing (code: 202)
When business educator hopefuls have completed, or are nearing completion of, the education requirement, they are ready to take the required GACE for that subject area. The relevant tests that business education teacher candidates should take are as follows:
- Business Education (6-12) (codes: 042, 043)
There are two computer-based tests which can be taken separately or together. The code for the combined test is 542. Each test consists of 80 selected-response questions which candidates have two hours to answer.
All teacher candidates must also pass the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment (code: 360) which consists of selected-response tests.
Scores on all the above tests are submitted electronically to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
Step 3: Apply for an Initial Teacher Certification with Endorsement
Once candidates have successfully completed the required education and testing steps they can apply for a Certificate of Eligibility which will show employers that a candidate is eligible for full certification in Georgia. To apply for certification, candidates must submit an application to the GaPSC. The application process requires candidates to undertake a criminal background check, and official transcripts from the candidate's degree and educator preparation program provider should be attached to the application.
Candidates should also create a MyPSC account online with the GaPSC as certificates will be issued electronically. With this account, candidates can also check the status of their certification application.
Georgia Business Education Teacher Certification Resources
Business education teacher candidates in Georgia should follow the links below to gain access to our practice and study guides that will help them study for their exams: