Georgia: Teacher Credentialing in Georgia

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Becoming a teacher in Georgia is a process that involves a formal education, preparation, and testing. The underlying goal here is for the teacher to be prepared to teach in a formal environment. In order to do this, the teacher must meet a specific level of requirements to obtain their teacher certification. This certification comes specifically from the Georgia Department of Education and it must be maintained in order to provide education within the schools. All public school teachers must meet these requirements. Parochial and private school teachers must have these requirements as well, but the individual schools may have additional requirements for teachers as well.

Teaching Education Requirements

In Georgia, the state requires that teachers have at least a bachelor's degree in education formally in order to be a certified teacher. Georgia does not have any specific undergraduate hour requirements, though students do have to complete a degree in a field of education from an accredited school. Ensure the degree program you enroll in is from an accredited school.

Teacher Preparation Requirements

Once you have completed your educational requirements, you can then enroll in a teacher preparation course. This must be done through an accredited teacher education program. The program will involve two steps. The first is to learn the knowledge and skills to provide teaching lessons. Students are required to learn how to develop, research, and then implement an education curriculum for students. This process involves learning how to implement lessons in the classroom.

The second step in the process is to student teach. Student teaching allows the student to step into the classroom and to provide the necessary education to the classroom of students. This is done under the direction of the actual certified teacher. At least a semester of student teaching is required in most situations.

Alternative Education Certificates

In some situations, you may be able to obtain an alternative certificate in place of a traditional teacher's certificate. This certificate is only available for those graduates of an accredited college or university who did not obtain a bachelor's degree in education but obtained a degree in another type of field. Special requirements are necessary and students need to speak with the Department of Education of Georgia to outline the specific requirements.

Teacher Testing Requirements

Once you have met all of these requirements, the next step in the process is to sit for the basic skills test. In Georgia, this is the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators. In addition, there is a secondary Content and Professional Test required to be taken by anyone who has a specialized subject area competence. You must successfully pass these tests before you can officially apply to be a certified teacher within the state. Once you have done so, the application to become a teacher in Georgia is available through the Georgia Department of Education. You will need to complete the application and provide documentation that you have met all of the above requirements to become a teacher. At that point, you can expect to receive your Georgia teaching certificate.

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