alternate (non-traditional) certification route = an option outside of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and non-degree/post-baccalaureate programs that still leads to state certification
certification = a license
elementary certification = pertaining to pre-kindergarten (pre-k) – grade 5; formerly early childhood education
edTPA = a subject and level specific summative capstone assessment used by many states for evaluating the effectiveness of beginning teachers. All teacher candidates in traditional and alternate certification programs in Georgia are required to pass the edTPA as part of the certification process.
Educator Ethics Assessment = an assessment that measures your understanding and knowledge of compliance obligations of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators as well as your capacity and disposition to act ethically as a professional
eligibility certificate = a verification certificate valid for five years that shows that you qualify for an teaching certificate in Georgia but have not found a teaching job yet
endorsement = an additional content field added to a professional certificate
GACE = Georgia Assessments for Certification of Educators = the required licensing exams in basic skills (reading, writing and mathematics), content area(s), and ethics
GaTAPP/TAPP = Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy = a collection of alternate certification programs in Georgia that provide uncertified teachers a way to complete certification while teaching
GaDOE = Georgia Department of Education = the state government agency that oversees Georgia public education, enforces the laws and regulations pertaining to education, and monitors the appropriation and proper allocation of state and federal funds for local school systems. Certification is the responsibility of the Georgia Professional Standards commission (GPSC), not the GaDOE, although both groups work very closely together.
GPSC/GaPSC/PSC = Georgia Professional Standards Commission = the state agency which oversees all certification for public school employees for grades P - 12
G.R.E. = Graduate Record Exam = the exam needed to apply for many graduate school programs
induction certificate = an initial teaching certificate that you must have for three years before acquiring a professional certificate
interstate reciprocity = an agreement with other states that recognizes out-of-state teaching licenses upon meeting certain criteria
K – 12 = applicable to kindergarten through grade 12
M.A.T. = Master of Arts in Teaching = a graduate program which leads to a master’s degree in a field of education and a state teaching certificate
M.Ed. = Master of Education = a graduate degree typically for those who already have state certification and some teaching experience
middle grades/level = pertaining to grades 4 - 8
P-12 = applicable to pre-kindergarten – grade 12
pedagogy = the science of education which includes the study of physical and cognitive development as they relate to teaching, learning, and theory
post-bac = post-baccalaureate = after an undergraduate degree
professional certificate = a full, renewable teaching license valid for five years acquired after completing all of the requirements of a three year induction certificate period. You must have an induction certificate before qualifying for a professional certificate if initial certification takes place in Georgia.
Praxis = a certification/licensing exam used by many states throughout the U.S. except in Georgia, which uses the GACE. Georgia only accepts Praxis scores prior to September 1, 2006.
PSC = See GPSC/GaPSC entry.
RESA = Regional Educational Service Agency = a state agency that shares services designed to improve the effectiveness of the educational programs of member school systems
salary schedule = pay scale which includes a state salary + a county/school system supplement and available on individual school system websites
secondary = pertaining to grades 6 -12
special Georgia requirements = GPSC special requirements = special requirements in addition to a degree and academic credit hours needed for certification in Georgia including coursework covering the identification and education of children with special needs, and the GACEs (see GACE)
TAPP = GaTAPP = Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy = a collection of alternate certification programs throughout the state
traditional certification route = a certification route in which you earn a degree in a subject applicable in K-12 teaching while also completing all requirements for induction certification before you graduate