Endorsement

In Georgia, certificate endorsements recognize additional expertise in specific areas. All endorsements require that the educator hold and maintain a renewable certificate in at least one full certificate field (a non-endorsement field). Renewable endorsements are earned by completing an approved endorsement program and do not require content assessment.
Renewable Professional Endorsement
An educator holding a valid Professional certificate (teaching, service, or leadership) must meet one of the following qualifications to add an endorsement:
  • Complete a state-approved program in the endorsement field;
  • Hold a valid or expired out-of-state certificate in an endorsement field comparable to an endorsement field offered by the GaPSC.
Please note: Some endorsements require that the base field meet certain qualifications. For example, a Culinary Arts endorsement may only be added to a base certificate in Family and Consumer Sciences. For specific qualifications for individual endorsements, please see the appropriate endorsement rule.
Non-Renewable Professional Endorsement
An educator holding a valid Professional certificate (teaching, service, or leadership) may be issued a 2-year Non-Renewable Professional endorsement at the request of an employing Georgia LUA. Upon completion of the appropriate GaPSC-approved endorsement program, the Non-Renewable Professional endorsement may be converted to a Renewable Professional endorsement.
Supplemental Induction Endorsement
An educator holding a valid Induction certificate may be issued a Supplemental Induction endorsement at the request of an employing Georgia LUA. The Supplemental Induction endorsement may be converted to a Professional endorsement upon completion of the endorsement program and conversion of the base certificate to Professional.
Endorsements Offered
The GaPSC offers the following endorsements to Georgia educators. For more information about specific qualifications for individual endorsements, please see the appropriate endorsement rule.
  • Birth through Five;
  • Career Exploration (PECE);
  • Career Technical Instruction (CTI);
  • Coaching;
  • Computer Science;
  • Coordinated Career Academic Education (CCAE);
  • Culinary Arts;
  • Dual Immersion/Early Childhood Education;
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);
  • Gifted;
  • Intervention Specialist;
  • K-5 Mathematics;
  • K-5 Science;
  • Middle Grades;
  • Online Teaching;
  • Reading;
  • Safety and Driver Education;
  • Special Education Deaf Education;
  • Special Education Physical and Health Disabilities;
  • Special Education Preschool Ages 3-5;
  • Special Education Transition Specialist;
  • Special Education Visual Impairment;
  • Student Support Team Coordinator;
  • Teacher Leader;
  • Teacher Support and Coaching;
  • Work-Based Learning;
For more information about endorsements, please click here (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) to read the applicable Certification Rule.