How to Become a Teacher in Georgia

Georgia’s 2,288 public schools serve close to 2 million students, of which 55.9% are minorities. According to the Georgia Department of Education, there are 110,429 teachers in the state. Individuals interested in becoming a teacher in Georgia will need to satisfy educational and certification requirements set forth by the Georgia Department of Education. Read on to learn more about what it takes to achieve Georgia teacher certification.

Education Requirements

Students interested in obtaining a Georgia teaching license must first earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Most students typically choose education majors or subject-based majors such as history or English. Prospective educators must also complete a state-approved teacher training program. Initial teacher preparation programs are typically offered by universities, community colleges and school districts as well as online teaching schools in Georgia. Lastly, students must pass the appropriate certification exam for the subject area they wish to teach.

Georgia Teaching Certification

All public school educators in Georgia except substitute teachers are required to have a certificate from the GaPSC. There are six types of renewable or non-renewable certification for educators, Teacher, Service, Leadership, Permit, Technical, Specialist, and Paraprofessional.

Required Tests

To be able to teach in Georgia, candidates must pass the appropriate GACE assessment for certification. All candidates must pass the GACE Content Assessment and pass or exempt the GACE Basic Skills Assessment.

State Certification Reciprocity

Georgia is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) and has signed the Interstate Agreement with all other states for all certificate types, including teacher certification. The GaPSC website provides a complete list of documents required from out-of-state candidates for teaching certification.

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Agnes Scott College

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141 E. College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030-3797
(404) 471-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Albany State University

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504 College Dr.
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Armstrong State University

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11935 Abercorn St
Savannah, GA 31419-1997
(912) 344-2806

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Augusta State University

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2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904-2200
(706) 737-1405

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Berry College

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2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW
Mount Berry, GA 30149
(706) 232-5374

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Brenau University

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500 Washington Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501-3668
(770) 534-6299

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Brewton-Parker College

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201 David-Eliza Fountain Circle
Mount Vernon, GA 30445
(912) 583-2241

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Clayton State University

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2000 Clayton State Boulevard
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
(678) 466-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Columbus State University

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4225 University Ave
Columbus, GA 31907-5645
(706) 507-8800

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Covenant College

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14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750-4164
(706) 820-1560

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Emmanuel College

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181 Springs St
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
(706) 245-7226

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Fort Valley State University

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1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Georgia College & State University

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231 W Hancock Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061
(478) 445-2770

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Georgia Military College

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201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, GA 31061-3398
(478) 387-4900

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates

Accrediting Agency:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Georgia Southern University

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Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8126
(912) 478-5391

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Georgia Southwestern State University

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800 Georgia Southwestern State University Dr.
Americus, GA 31709-4693
(877) 871-4594

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Georgia State University

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33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Kennesaw State University

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1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Mercer University

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1400 Coleman Avenue
Macon, GA 31207
(478) 301-2700

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

North Georgia College & State University

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82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
(706) 864-1400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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