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Educator Preparation Division

Establishes and Enforces Georgia Educator Preparation Standards

The primary purpose of the Educator Preparation Division is to assure the citizens of Georgia that GaPSC-certified educators meet high standards and are well prepared for their roles in school systems and schools. Providing a quality education for all Georgia children requires partnerships among state agencies, program providers and professional, and community organizations. The Educator Preparation Division is at the center of forging a strong partnership involving the work of the GaPSC, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the University System of Georgia (USG), private and public colleges and universities, regional education service agencies (RESAs), local school systems, and other organizations preparing educators.

This division is comprised of six major programs: educator assessment, educator workforce recruitment and development, non-traditional preparation, program approval, teacher quality and equity (Title II, Part A), and Title II/HEOA.

Program Approval - Establishes and enforces standards and requirements for the preparation of teachers, school service personnel, school leaders, and approves education units and programs preparing individuals for Georgia educator certification.

Educator Assessment - Oversees the administration and record-keeping of Georgia's educator certification assessment program, which for most fields is the GACE® (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators).

Non-traditional Preparation - Establishes and enforces standards and requirements for Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) programs, that are designed to prepare individuals with degrees and content area expertise for the teaching profession.

Title II-A: ESEA/NCLB - Provides monitoring and technical assistance services to Georgia school systems to help districts meet the teacher quality and equity requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Title II/Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) – Manages state and federal reporting to meet the requirements of Title II/HEOA legislation.

Educator Workforce Recruitment and Development - Partners with other state agencies, regional education agencies, school systems, and corporations to recruit teachers and provide workforce development resources and strategies.

The Educator Preparation Division is committed to ensuring quality educator preparation programs that recruit, prepare, and retain qualified educators who meet the needs of all learners in Georgia classrooms.