How to Become a Preschool Teacher in Georgia

Jan 02, 2019

From a teacher preparation program to an ethics exam, there are several requirements one must fulfill to become a licensed preschool teacher in Georgia. This article explains the necessary steps.

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If you want to become a preschool teacher in Georgia, the Georgia Preschool Association may be a great group to begin networking with. Below, we discuss the required educational degree, as well as details about all three required exams.

Requirements for Preschool Teachers in Georgia

Average Salary for Georgia Indiana Preschool Teachers (2016)* $29,920 (Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Early Childhood Education or Birth Through Kindergarten
Testing Requirements Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment; GACE Early Childhood Education; Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment; edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Pass the GACE Program Admission Test

To enter an educator preparation program, future teachers in Georgia must first earn a 250 score on the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Program Admission Assessment. This test is completed via computer, and test-takers get five hours to finish all three subtests. The reading subtest contains 56 questions, which include the process of analyzing a piece of writing. The 56 questions on the math subtest focuses on algebra, geometry, and other mathematical operations. Finally, the writing subtest is composed of 40 questions and two essays regarding argumentative writing techniques and the use of clear examples as supporting evidence.

Step Two: Earn a Degree in Education or Development

After entering an early childhood education or birth through kindergarten program in Georgia, there are courses students must take that focus on methods of teaching literacy and other subject areas, building lesson plans for young children, and child development. Some of these programs offer observation time in preschool classrooms where students are able to interact with young people and teachers alike. There will also be a semester or year-long student teaching experience during which the student becomes the teacher. The length of this experience is dependent on the particular program in which a student is enrolled.

Step Three: Earn a Passing Score on All Other Exams

With their education fresh in their minds, those finishing their degree programs will be required to pass the GACE Early Childhood Education content assessment. To earn an induction level grade, examinees will have to score at least a 220, while a professional level score requires at least a 250. This test can take up to four hours and is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions, as well as two essay questions. The reading and language arts section focuses on identifying types of texts, assisting students with learning new words, and checking students for reading development. The social studies section focuses on key historical events and map reading. The analysis portion shows the test-takers' ability to plan lessons and build a curriculum. There is also a math, science, and health and arts portion to this test.

Georgia teachers are also required to pass The Georgia Ethics Assessment, which is made up of seven modules. It focuses on the relationships and responsibilities between teachers and students, teachers and the school, and teachers and the community. There is an entrance and exit exam, and future teachers must pass both. There are short tests after every module to test for comprehension, and the exit exam has an additional test that brings all the topics in the modules together.

Finally, Georgia requires all teachers to complete the edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment. Those who finished a birth through kindergarten program will use the Early Childhood (ages 3-8) handbook and must achieve at least a 38 score. The Elementary Education handbook is used by those who attended an early childhood education (preschool-grade 5) program, and they must get a score of 45. This exam is really a portfolio of materials, such as lesson plans and assessments, that students create during the student teaching experience. There is also a required video that shows the student teaching and interacting with a real class.

Links for Georgia Preschool Teachers

Georgia preschool teachers are required to pass several exams before they are officially certified to teach, and these links here could help you prepare for the GACE Program Admission exam and the GACE Early Childhood Education exam.

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