Pre-Service Certificate (GA)

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Pre-Service Certificate (GA)

Description
The Pre-Service certificate is part of Georgia’s tiered teacher certification system and provides a statewide structure to organize procedures related to pre-service teachers once admitted to certain state-approved educator preparation programs.
Certificate Valid for 5 years
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: Georgia
Contact Name: Educator Certification Division
Contact Phone: 800-869-7775
Contact Email: mail@gapsc.com
For more information please visit the state website: http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/TieredCertification/preService.aspx

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
College with

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

English:
Exam(s): One exam is required. GRE also accepted.

Math:
Exam(s): One exam is required. GRE also accepted.

Notes
College + Enrolled in a State Approved teacher program. This certificate is for those who do NOT have a BA yet.

Must be enrolled in in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.

An individual may exempt the GACE Program Admission assessment if s/he holds a Masters or higher from a Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC)- approved program.

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

Additional Requirements for this route include the following:
Special Education:

Course needed: Completion of a course in identifying and educating exceptional children. This course should be documented on an official transcript submitted with your application package.

Other Exam(s):

Notes:
SMC not required for issuance of the Pre-Service Certificate.

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: Institution

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Background Check
Required
Varies by District

Renewal: Nonrenewable
Holding a Pre-Service certificate does not automatically lead to Induction educator certification. Candidates must meet all Induction certification requirements in order to apply for the initial teacher certificate.

Notes:

The teacher program will require a criminal history background check prior to application for the pre-service certificate. Check your teacher program for requirements and fees.

Holding a Pre-Service certificate does not automatically lead to Induction educator certification. Candidates must meet all Induction certification requirements in order to apply for the initial teacher certificate.

GENERAL NOTES FOR THIS ROUTE
This tier is intended for educator candidates completing field experiences or student teaching in Georgia schools.

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Published On: 3/31/2017 4:40:47 PM


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