Georgia

Becoming a teacher in Georgia is a fairly open process, with options for approved teacher preparation programs, out of state education, and alternative routes that allow you to become certified while working full-time as a teacher. To become certified, all teachers must pass the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE).

New teachers can enroll in a Georgia-approved certification program at a university in the state. There are also a number of distance learning programs that are effective, however, you will need to check for reciprocity agreements with Georgia. If you’re considering teaching in Georgia as a second career, it would be wise to look into the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program (GATAPP), which allows individuals to follow an alternative certification program and teach while completing certification requirements. Additionally, Georgia allows for a Test Based Option, which allows prospective teachers with specific college majors to combine Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exams with a one year, on-the-job training program. No matter what route you take, you’ll be required to pass the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) test.

Large cities in the state of Georgia are Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and Savannah. Georgia has about 180 school districts, the largest of which are Gwinnett County Public Schools in Lawrenceville, Cobb County School District, and DeKalb County School System. Finding a teaching job in Georgia is fairly easy, as there’s a central website, Teach Georgia, where you’ll see most of the job postings for the state.

Georgia public school districts determine their own professional development programs, but all of them have similar qualities. They’ll be based on needs determined by student data, offering education in mentoring, curriculum, and action. If you’d like to upgrade your certification to a Master Teacher, you will need at least three years of Georgia teaching experience as well as excellence in student achievement. As a Master Teacher, you’ll be able to earn special stipends through programs like mentoring and Academic Coaching. Master Teachers also enjoy priority consideration for appointments to boards of K-12 education agencies.

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