- at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution accepted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC)
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) from the degree-granting institution must be at least 2.5 if degree is less than 10 years old. If you do not have the minimum GPA, you may still qualify by submitting proof of acceptance into a GPSC-accepted educator preparation program or an accredited advanced degree program. If your degree is older than 10 years old, you are exempt from the GPA minimum.
- Have a degree(s) that aligns with the subject(s) adnd level you want to teach, e.g. a math or an aerospace engineering degree to teach mathematics classes. Elementary education and middle grades education are considered content areas.
induction: Whether completing a traditional or an alternate certification program, you must hold an induction certificate for your first three years of teaching if you are not already certified in another state and before acquiring a professional license. During that period, you must meet all induction requirements as outlined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC)
professional: This is a full teaching license, is valid for five years, and is renewable. You can also transfer your certificate to states with interstate reciprocity agreements. Reciprocity is not 100%.
Certificate Range Levels
Birth – kindergarten: work with infants, toddlers, pre-school children, and kindergarteners.
Elementary Education (EE or P-5): Pre-kindergarten (pre-K) through grade 5; teach multiple content areas
Middle Grades/Level Education: grades 4 -8 and overlaps elementary and midde school; certificate typically covers two content areas from language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Secondary: grades 6-12 and overlaps Middle Grades/Level. You need a degree in the content area you want to teach or in a closely related area, e.g. International Affairs and Social Studies are closely related.
Pre-school – grade 12 (P-12): overlaps all certificate levels; for art, dance, music, physical education, special education, and world languages
Your highest degree and years of teaching experience typically determines your salary level in Georgia. All teachers in the state receive the same base salary from the Georgia Department of Education (not the GPSC), but each school system supplements the state salary according to that system’s own policies. Teachers in different systems therefore do not receive the same overall salaries. Salary schedules for public school employees are published on school system websites.