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Certification

Welcome

Welcome to the Human Resources, Certification page.  We invite you to explore this website to find valuable information and important links to many of your questions.  If you have additional questions outside of the information provided, contact our certification specialist.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission: www.gapsc.com

MyPSC:

GACE Assessments: www.gace.ets.org

Georgia Professional Standards Forms:



If you are a prospective employee, we encourage you to visit our “Careers” tab located on the Newton County Schools website.  Go to “Job Center” and review our current job vacancies at “NCSS Employment Opportunities”.  To learn more about obtaining certification in the state of Georgia, visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s website for information on the different routes to certification.

Different Routes to becoming a certified educator in the state of Georgia:

PERFORMANCE RENEWAL LEADERSHIP:

STANDARD RENEWAL (SRT, SRS):  Educators who have completed an education degree and have earned more than three years of successful teaching experience.  This certificate is a five-year certificate.

INDUCTION PATHWAYS:  These pathways are for individuals who have less than three years of successful teaching experience.  Induction Pathway certificates are valid for three years.  A Standard Renewal teaching certificate can be obtained after completing three years of successful teaching experience and completing any other requirements outlined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. https://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/routesToInitialCertification.aspx  

Induction Pathway 1:  This pathway is for individuals who have completed a traditional educator preparation program in the state of Georgia and met all of the assessments required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. 

Induction Pathway 2:  This pathway if for individuals who have completed an out of state educator preparation program including your field experiences in the state of Georgia and passed all of the assessments required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (outlined below).

  • Complete course in Identifying and Educating Exceptional Children
  • Passing score on edTPA is required for those who completed student teaching on or after                 September 1, 2015
  • Passing score on the GACE Educator Ethics Exit Assessment (GACE 360)
  • PSC Experience Verification form completed for any certified experience earned in state or out of state by school system in which the experience was earned.  

Induction Pathway 3:  This pathway is for individuals who have completed an out of state educator preparation program including student teaching and field experiences in another state.  You must have met all of your state assessments required by the professional licensing department of the state you earned your degree and certification.  Georgia Professional Standards requirements required for Standard Renewal certification are outlined below.

  • Complete course in Identifying and Educating Exceptional Children

  • Passing score on the GACE Educator Ethics Exit Assessment (GACE 360)

  • Earned less than one year of acceptable out-of-state experience within five years of receiving your Induction certificate and you completed the student teaching or clinical practice component of your educator preparation program on or after September 1, 2015, a passing score on a GaPSC-accepted content pedagogy assessment or an acceptable substitute will be required for conversion to a Professional certificate or reissuance of the Induction certificate.

  • If a state content assessment was not required for the out of state certificate or if you did not pass your required out of state assessments then you will be required to pass the GACE Content Assessment. 

  • If you passed the out of state assessment, but you are not able to provide a copy of your official score report then you will be required to pass the GACE Content Assessment

  • PSC Experience Verification form completed for any certified experience earned in state or out of state by school system in which the experience was earned.  

Induction Pathway 4:  This pathway is a provisional pathway for individuals who desire to become an educator who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, but the degree is not in education.   Qualifications for this pathway are:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher. If your highest degree is a bachelor's degree and it was earned less than 10 years prior to the date of application, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. If you do not, you may still qualify by submitting proof of acceptance into a GaPSC-accepted educator preparation program;
  • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, or exemption. GACE scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC, but an exemption must be documented by an official score report for an eligible exam; To exempt one of the following qualifying scores is required:  SAT-1000 or higher combined scores of Verbal/Critical Reading and Math; ACT – 43 or higher combined scores of English and Math; GRE 1030 or higher before August 1, 2011 on Verbal and Quantitative; GRE 297 after August 1, 2011 on Verbal and Quantitative
  • Induction level or higher passing score on the appropriate GACE content assessment. These scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC;
  • As of January 1, 2015, a passing score on the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Program Entry (Test Code 350). This score is also transmitted electronically to the GaPSC;
  • In order to convert to any other Induction Pathway or a Professional certificate, you must complete all the requirements of a state-approved educator preparation program and all applicable Special Georgia Requirements. If you complete the student teaching or clinical practice component of your educator preparation program on or after September 1, 2015, a passing score on edTPA, the GaPSC-approved content pedagogy assessment will be required for conversion to any other Induction Pathway or a Professional certificate.

OUT OF STATE EDUCATORS:

Educators holding out of state certificates need the following to apply for Georgia certification:

  • Hold a valid professional out of state certificate

  • Copies of state certification assessments (See below)

  • Scores printed from an online educator account will not be accepted unless they are publicly verifiable. If you are unable to acquire official score reports, please ask the certification office in your state to write an official letter verifying the name and date of the certification assessments you passed.

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

  • PSC Experience Verification form- verify the most recent years of educator experience within the last five years from the date of the application for Georgia certification.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATORS:

Educators from a foreign country need the following to apply for Georgia certification:

Foreign Credential Report which includes English translations and information showing detailed, course-by-course evaluations and appropriate U.S. degree equivalency.

The foreign credential report MUST be an independent review prepared by an agency approved by the GaPSC.  https://www.gapsc.com/MovetoGeorgia/FromOutSideUSA/foreignCredentialReports.aspx

Passing GACE Content Assessment for the area/subject you plan to teach

Any Special Georgia Requirements the PSC requires to be met:  https://www.gapsc.com/Certification/SpecialGeorgiaRequirements.aspx

CERTIFICATION RENEWAL:

Decision Tree for retired educators, non-employed educators, educators with expired certificates or those with valid certificates needing guidance for renewal:  https://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/BecomeCertified.aspx

Professional certificates expiring 2018 or after:

  • Complete Professional Learning Goals or Professional Learning Plans

  • Completion on any outstanding Georgia Special Requirements that were outlined when initial certification was issued

  • Must be employed with a school system

  • An educator who has received any combination of 2 Unsatisfactory, Ineffective, or Needs Development annual performance evaluations in the previous 5-year certificate validity period may not receive a renewable certificate until the performance deficiencies have been satisfactorily remediated.

Professional certificates expired 2011 – 2017:

  • No renewal credit (coursework) is required to renew these certificates.  The PSC waived the credits to renew from 2011-2017.

  • Completion of any outstanding Georgia Special Requirements that were outlined when initial certification was issued.

  • Must be employed with a school system

CERTIFICATION RENEWAL CONTINUED:

Professional certificates expired 2010 or earlier:

  • Earn 10 PLUs OR 6 college semester hours OR 10 college quarter hours OR 10 CEU units within 5 years of the date of renewal.  Credits earned must be from a PSC approved program or institution

  • Coursework must be “C” or better

  • One year of acceptable out of state educator experience within 5 years of the date of renewal.  This must be documented on the PSC Experience Verification form. 

  • Valid Nation Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification. 

  • Valid Master Teaching Certification

  • For some service fields, valid state or national licensure as outlined in the specific rule for that field.

  • Completion of any Special Georgia Requirements

  • Employed by a school system.

CERTIFICATION UPGRADES:

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has developed a tool for educators to use to verify if the institution and program are acceptable for an upgrade.  The system will cross-reference the educator’s current certification and the information from the program and institution to inform the educator if the higher degree will lead to an upgrade.  https://www.gapsc.com/Commission/Policies_guidelines/UpgradeUtility/Upgrade_Initial.aspx  

ADDING A NEW FIELD TO YOUR CERTIFICATE:

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires passing the appropriate GACE, completing an endorsement program or in some cases passing the required GACE and completing a certification program to add a new field to an educator’s current certificate.

Most fields of certification can be added to your current teaching certificate with testing with the exception of Early Childhood Education.  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires an educator to complete a certification program and pass the GACE for Early Childhood Education to add Early Childhood to current teaching certificate.

A service field or Educational Leadership cannot be added with testing to a teaching certificate and a teaching field cannot be added to a service or Educational Leadership certificate with testing.  An educator must complete a certification program for the field and testing to add the field to the certificate.

Service fields:  School Counselor, Media Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, Teacher Leadership, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Nutrition Director, Speech and Language Pathologist, Audiologist

PARAPROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Requirements for paraprofessional certificate: (One of the following)

  • Earned 60 college semester hours

  • Earned 90 college quarter hours

  • Hold an associate’s degree or higher

  • Pass GACE Paraprofessional Assessment

Registration for the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment cannot be completed on-line.  You must contact the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment test sites to register through the testing site.

http://gace.ets.org/paraprofessional/test_takers/register

Decision Tree to help determine if you are qualified for paraprofessional certification:  https://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/DecisionTree/paraPro_Substitute.aspx