The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) is a separate government agency with the central responsibility for establishing a certification/licensure process that is streamlined, understandable, and flexible in order to remove barriers and to attract qualified individuals to the education profession. Specifically, the PSC’s major purposes are: to simplify and make more efficient the process of certifying educational personnel in Georgia; to attract the highest possible number of qualified personnel to become educators in Georgia; to promote the hiring of qualified educators from other states; and to improve the level of preparation of educators.
Effective September 1, 2006, PRAXIS Testing was discontinued in Georgia. The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) has developed the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE). These new assessments are aligned with national standards, Georgia certification standards, educator preparation standards and Georgia's Performance Standards (GPS).
The Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program® (Georgia TAPP) is a classroom-based teacher preparation option for individuals who have the basic qualifications to teach early childhood, middle-grades, secondary or P-12 education but have not completed a teacher preparation program. The program is not intended to replace regular college teacher education programs. It is, instead, an alternative option for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree or higher but who did not complete teacher education requirements as part of their degree programs. Georgia TAPP seeks to equip teacher-candidates with the skills to ensure a reasonable expectation of initial success in their classrooms, and to put in place a supervised internship/induction program that will help them move toward subsequent mastery of teaching.
TeachGeorgia.org is a web-based resource tool for educators in Georgia. Registered users can use the site to create a profile, which serves as an online resume, perform a job search and apply for jobs posted on the web site by our local school systems. TeachGeorgia.org also provides information about job fairs, information sessions and upcoming events.
The Troops to Teachers Program is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Defense. The purpose of the program is to assist eligible men and women who have served the nation as members of the Armed Forces and are now seeking second careers as teachers in America's public schools. Eligible service members may receive federal funding to help them meet state certification requirements as teachers and for agreeing to teach in high needs schools.
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) oversees public education throughout the state. It ensures that laws and regulations pertaining to education are followed and that state and federal money appropriated for education is properly allocated to local school systems. The GADOE also provides education-related information to students, parents, teachers, educational staff, government officials, and the media.
GAcollege411.org, an online service provided by the Georgia Student Finance Commission, helps students and parents to plan, apply and pay for college.
The State of Georgia needs you and has excellent programs designed to assist you financially in becoming a certified teacher in Georgia. The Georgia Student Finance Commission offers several service cancelable scholarship loans programs to advance your teaching skills or become certified in teaching and obtain your educational degree.
The Georgia Framework for Teaching was adopted in 2005-06 by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE), the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and the University System of Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) as the state definition of quality teaching. Developed by partners of the Georgia Systemic Teacher Education Program (GSTEP) through extensive focus groups across the state, the Framework identifies knowledge, skills, dispositions, understandings and other attributes of accomplished teaching. The six domains and associated indicators provide common language and definition for all stakeholders who are interested in quality teaching.
Georgia! Spouses to Teachers (STT) is a Department of Defense program designed to provide military spouses an opportunity to obtain information regarding teaching credentials and careers in public education. The Spouses to Teachers Program provides funds (up to $600) to reimburse eligible spouses for costs related to teacher certification testing. The goals of STT are to bring together the various elements that are critical to entry into the teaching profession and to provide a reliable source of information and guidance to military spouses.