International Educators (GA)

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International Educators (GA)

If you have completed an educator preparation program in a U.S. territory or another country, you may qualify for a Georgia educator certificate.
Certificate Valid for 5 years
Employment: Required

State Information
State: Georgia
Contact Name: Educator Certification Division
Contact Phone: 800-869-7775
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

Prior Certification: Must Hold Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Work Experience
In some states, teachers are required to provide evidence of work experience.
The following is required for this route:
Minimum of 3 years of successful full-time out-of-state experience years.

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:

Exam(s): Exams are language specific.

Accept Scores from Out of State

Swahili requirement: ACTFL OPI only

Greek (Classical) is exempt from the Content Assessment because ACTFL assessments for Greek are not Greek Classical. No data available for SMC requirements.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Georgia PSC Certification Application
200 Piedmont Avenue SW
Suite 1702
Atlanta, GA 30334-9032

School District Requirements:
Verification of Employment

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check
Varies by District

Renewal: Renewable
$20 Certificate Renewal Fee applies if not employed.

Note: Candidates not meeting the employment requirement, but who meet all other requirements qualify for a Georgia Letter of Certification Eligibility.
Once you are hired by a Georgia school system you must submit to a criminal record background check.


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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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