Alternative Routes

Non-Renewable Non-Professional

Under specific situations in A and B below, candidates holding a GaPSC-accepted accredited college degree with a current job offer may, at the request of the employing school system, obtain a Non-Renewable Non-Professional certificate. Additional requirements (course work, pedagogy, and assessments) will be identified on the certificate and must be completed within the validity period of the certificate. An application for certification must come from an employing school system.

Option A:
  Meet one of the GACE Program Admission Assessment exemptions or pass the Georgia required Program Admission Assessment (GACE Program Admission Assessment) and pass all parts of the Georgia required Subject Content Assessment (GACE).

Employing system requests certificate; applicant affiliates with state-approved program, completes requirements and obtains recommendation during validity period of certificate.
Option B:
 Meet one of the GACE Program Admission Assessment exemptions or pass the Georgia required Program Admission Assessment (GACE Program Admission Assessment) and have an employment offer in a Special Education field.

Under specific conditions, at the discretion of an employing school system, Non-Renewable certification is available in the fields of Special Education without having passed the GACE prior to eligibility for employment. To view the specific conditions, click on More.
Links: Georgia Approved Educator Programs
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If this route is best for you, after completing the appropriate requirements, your next step is to contact a local Georgia school system and obtain employment.

GEORGIA TEACHER ACADEMY FOR PREPARATION AND PEDAGOGY (GATAPP)

These program paths equip transition teachers with the skills necessary for initial success in their classrooms. Candidates accepted in the GaTAPP program are Highly Qualified for a period of three years or during the validity of the GaTAPP certificate. All program paths involve structured supervision and coaching by a team of qualified mentors and coaches called the Candidate Support Team (CST); comprised of a school-based administrator, a school-based mentor/coach, a program provider supervisor, and a content specialist. The CST assesses the level of knowledge and skills that a transition teacher enters the program and recommends the appropriate path for the teacher candidate to take in order to meet 24 teaching competencies. The Intern (Comprehensive GaTAPP), One Year Supervised Practicum, Core Academic, Advanced Degree Alternative Certificate, and Clinical Practice Path are all under GaTAPP. The Adjunct License provides the opportunity for local school systems to employ individuals in a specific area. The individuals are issued a license that is renewable annually and cannot lead to Clear Renewable certification.

Note: The GaTAPP path for the Prospective Teachers applying for employment and acceptance into the GaTAPP program is determined by the GaPSC approved GaTAPP Provider. The following list includes brief information on all of the paths under the GaTAPP program. For complete information see Rule 505-3-.05(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).

Intern Certificate (Comprehensive GaTAPP):
For individuals, usually "career switchers", who hold a GaPSC-accepted college degree but did not complete teacher education requirements. The Comprehensive path is designed to provide pedagogical preparation for an individual employed by a Georgia regionally accredited public school system or regionally accredited private school as a full-time or part-time (for at least a half day). The Comprehensive path is the only path to provide instruction in the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for p-12 students, classroom management, and educator ethics. Applications for certification must come from employing school system/GaTAPP provider.

Please review Certification Rule 505-2-.05(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) for more information.

One Year Supervised Practicum:
The One-year Supervised Practicum (OYSP) path is designed to provide pedagogical assessment and coaching for an individual employed as a full-time or part-time (for at least a half day) classroom teacher. Candidates participating in the OYSP certification route have demonstrated content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and have had experience teaching students in a private school, a college or university, a corporate setting, a military setting, or equivalent experience.

Please review Certification Rule 505-2-.29(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) for more information.

Clinical Practice:
The Clinical Practice path is designed for individuals employed as full-time or part-time (for at least a half day) classroom teachers who have successfully completed all coursework associated with an educator preparation program and are eligible for, but did not attempt, student teaching. The Clinical Practice path is also available for GaPSC Permit holders eligible for the second renewal in content areas that the state issues Clear Renewable Teaching certification.

Please review Certification Rule 505-2-.28(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) for more information.

CORE ACADEMIC:
The Core Academic path is designed for teacher candidates employed by a regionally accredited local school system or regionally accredited private school as a full-time or part-time (for at least a half day) classroom teacher in the area of Secondary (6-12) [Mathematics, Science, English, and the Social Science areas of History, Political Science, Geography, and Economics], Middle Grades (4-8) [Mathematics, Science, Reading, Language Arts, and Social Science] and the (P-12) fields of Foreign Language, Reading, Visual Arts, Band, Chorus, and Music who have demonstrated content knowledge in their teaching fields and can demonstrate the appropriate depth of pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for successful teaching. Please review Certification Rule 505-2-.27 for more information.

ADAC:
The Advanced Degree Alternative Certificate (ADAC) Program path is three years in length and the ADAC Certificate is issued in three one-year validity periods. At the beginning of the first one-year validity period, the ADAC Program provider must develop a three-year individual professional development plan that is based on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (ITASC) standards and completion of all requirements for the Clear Renewable certificate, to include the GACE Program Admission Assessment, the appropriate GACE content assessment(s), the GACE Professional Pedagogy Assessment, and all Special Georgia Requirements.

Please Review Certification Rule 505-2.40(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) for more information.

Adjunct License:
The Adjunct License is a type of certification document for the individual with (a) specific knowledge, skills, and experience in an engineering, medical, dental, pharmaceutical, veterinarian, legal, accounting, arts profession, or any other professional position approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC); or (b) instructional experience in a branch of the U.S. military (except for JROTC), or a GaPSC-accepted accredited college or university; and (c) who is eligible to provide instruction in the core academic subjects in grades 6-12 only.

Please review Certification Rule 505-2-.04(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) for more information.

For more information on GaTAPP please visit the website at:
http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/GaTAPP/GaTAPP.aspx. If you are eligible and one of these options is best for you, your next step is to contact a school system participating in GaTAPP and obtain employment.