Traditional Routes

1. COLLEGE / EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS:
A. EARN DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE
Enroll in a state-approved educator preparation program for the degree and certificate field you desire. Complete all program requirements, earn degree and obtain recommendation form from the college. Appropriate content assessment must be completed prior to receiving a certificate.
 
B. EARN CERTIFICATE ONLY (NO NEW DEGREE)
Must already have minimum of bachelor’s degree. Enroll in a state-approved educator preparation program for certificate only (commonly called a post-bac program). Complete all program requirements and obtain recommendation form from the college. Appropriate content assessment must be completed prior to receiving a certificate.
 
Links: Georgia Approved Educator Programs (Searchable by Program [cert field] or Provider [college])
Approved Program Rule 505-2-.16 (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).
If either of the above routes is best for you, your next step is to contact one of the colleges approved in the field you desired (selected from the approved educator programs link) to determine specific requirements.
 
2. INTERSTATE MOBILITY (RECIPROCITY):
Hold an out-of-state professional certificate or have completed a state-approved educator preparation program (with recommendation form) from another state. Specific Georgia requirements to be completed will be determined based on individual experience and credentials. Recent out-of-state experience may exempt some requirements.
LINKS: Reciprocity Rule 505-2-.15(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).
Special GA Requirements Rule 505-2-.20(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader). See para. (2) Out-of-State Experience Exemption.
NASDTEC Interstate Agreement
TeachGeorgia Job Vacancies/Job Fairs
If interstate reciprocity is the best route for you, your next step is to contact a local Georgia school system and obtain employment.