How to Become a PE Teacher in Georgia

Becoming a PE teacher in the state of Georgia means helping future generations learn to stay healthy and physically active. This article discusses the requirements of Georgia educator preparation programs and earning a teaching license.

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PE teachers in Georgia work with school children of all ages by helping them to improve their physical health and activity levels. Here we discuss the traditional path to employment as a PE teacher in the state of Georgia. Known as Pathway 1, it requires the candidate to earn a bachelor's degree while enrolled in an educator preparation program and pass the required Georgia state licensing exams for health and physical education.

Georgia PE Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Georgia (2016) * $29,920 (PreK)
$52,630 (Kindergarten)
$54,890 (Elementary)
$56,410 (Middle school)
$56,420 (Secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Physical education and an approved educator preparation program
Testing Requirements Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessments (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing); GACE in Health Education or Health and Physical Education; Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit; edTPA

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete a Bachelor's Degree & Teacher Preparation Program

To earn a teaching license in Georgia and be eligible for work in public schools, aspiring PE teachers will need to complete a physical education bachelor's degree and teacher preparation program from a college or university that has been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Georgia's educator preparation programs include student teaching and mentorships in a school setting. Coursework may include health and physical education lesson planning, biomechanics, and sport skills.

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Step 2: Pass the Required Examinations

Before a student may enroll in a teacher preparation program, they will need to pass the GACE Program Admission Assessments in Reading (test code 200), Mathematics (test code 201), and Writing (test code 202). An exception may be granted for those students who have earned qualifying scores on the SAT (1000 Verbal/Critical Reading and Math), ACT (43 English and Math), or GRE (297 Verbal and Quantitative). These students have already proven proficiency in the necessary subjects and are not required to complete the associated GACE assessment(s).

Once the educator preparation program is complete and a bachelor's degree has been earned, candidates for licensing in Georgia must complete the following exams and earn at least a passing score in each:

  • GACE Content Assessment in one or both of the following instructional subjects:
    • Health and Physical Education, grades P-12 (test code 115, 116; minimum score 220)
    • Health Education, grades P-12 (test code 113, 114; minimum score 220)
  • Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Exit (test code 360)
  • edTPA: one or both of the following:
    • Health Education (minimum score of 38)
    • Health and Physical Education (minimum score of 38)

Step 3: Apply for an Induction Teaching Certificate

After a candidate completes their education and passes the required assessments, they are eligible to apply for an induction teaching certificate through the GaPSC. Applicants submit test scores, proof of education, and proof that they completed a course in educating exceptional children. To teach in Georgia, applicants must also submit to background checks.

Once awarded, the induction certificate is good for three years. During that time, the PE teacher is required to teach health and/or physical education to gain professional experience. Teachers are given yearly evaluations, and in order to convert an induction certificate to a professional certificate at the end of the initial three-year period, PE teachers must earn at least a satisfactory on their annual evaluation. If a teacher does not earn a satisfactory evaluation, or if they do not complete three years of in-classroom experience during this time, they may not apply for a professional certificate and may have to repeat their induction period.

Georgia PE Teacher Certification Resources

Preparing for the GACE content assessment exams is key to success for prospective PE teachers pursuing certification in the state of Georgia. The following links provide study guides for the two qualifying physical education content exams:

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