Georgia's World Languages and Global/Workforce Initiatives address the state's need for graduates entering the workforce as language teachers. Consider combining your talents in French with teaching skills and learn how to make a career out of what excites you. Here, we explore the steps needed to become a certified French teacher in the state of Georgia.
Salaries and Educational Requirements for French Teachers in Georgia
|Average Salaries for Teachers in Georgia (2016)*||$54,890 (Elementary); $56,410 (Middle School), $56,420 (High School)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree|
|Degree Field||Education, French|
|Testing Requirements||GACE Program Admission Exam, GACE French Content Exam, Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Enter/Exit Assessments, edTPA|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Obtain a Bachelor's Degree
A bachelor's degree in a teacher preparation program is required in order to become a certified French teacher in Georgia. There are many accredited, approved teacher preparation programs for future French teachers to choose from, regardless of the preferred age group. Some schools offer dual degree programs for secondary teachers, with majors in education and in French. Another option might be to earn a P-12 bachelor's degree in world language education. No matter what grade a teacher aims to teach, the curriculum will likely include technology in the classroom, child development, and foundations of education. Students will complete credits in general education classes, along with those specific to French. Additionally, all programs should offer at least one course in working with exceptional children.
Step 2: Complete All Required Testing
A prospective French teacher must successfully pass the GACE Program Admission assessment or supply proof of minimum scores on the GRE, SAT, or ACT. The assessment consists of separate math, reading, and writing tests. Test-takers will have 2 hours for each of the three sections and are allowed to use an online four-function calculator. Students hoping to have a French specialty will also take a subject test in addition to the general GACE. This two-part content exam can be taken in parts or all together. The first part of the test, the reading and writing portion, can be completed within 2½ hours, while the listening and speaking portion can be completed within the same amount of time at a different date. However, students can take a combined version of the tests over the course of 5 hours. An alternate character toolbar is available for foreign languages, like French, that use special characters and accents.
Students are also required to take the edTPA, a test designed to assess a teacher's knowledge of student development and learning. They also need to complete the Georgia Educator Ethics - Program Entry before being admitted to a teacher training program. Additionally, teachers must complete the GACE Educator Ethics - Program Exit before the teacher prep program is finished.
Step 3: Get Certified to Teach
After all testing has been completed, students are eligible to complete an Initial Certification Application. Students can complete this online, along with a document of Verification of Lawful Presence. Prospective teachers need to submit transcripts and an Employer Assurance Form. All of these documents can be found on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's website. When every step is complete, students will be awarded an Induction Certification, which is valid for 3 years in the state of Georgia. Then it's time to find the perfect job placement!