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Out of State Educators

If your out-of-state certificate meets certain requirements, it is possible to get a Georgia certificate based on interstate reciprocity. In order to qualify, you must hold a valid or expired certificate in a field that is comparable to one of Georgia’s certificate fields. The certificate must also meet the following conditions:
  • Issued by another U.S. state, the District of Columbia, or other qualifying jurisdiction such as the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA); if you hold an educator certificate in a U.S. territory or another country, please visit the International Educators page.
  • Is a professional certificate based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program; if you hold only a temporary or provisional certificate, please visit the Prospective Educators page. If you do not know if your out-of-state certificate is considered “professional,” please click here {hyperlink to Acceptable Out-of-State Certificates} to view a table of some acceptable out-of-state certificates.
It is important to note that reciprocity does not mean that an out-of-state educator will automatically qualify for a Georgia certificate. Like most other states, Georgia imposes specific state requirements on all educators, including those already certified out-of-state. If you come to Georgia with a professional certificate from another state, you may have to fulfill some Special Georgia Requirements before receiving your Georgia certificate, or within a certain period of time after receiving your first certificate. Please feel free to peruse the Special Georgia Requirements in order to determine what additional requirements you might face. However, if you hold a professional out-of-state certificate and submit a complete application package for Georgia certification, the GaPSC will evaluate your documents and outline any outstanding requirements you may need to fulfill. You must be employed by a Georgia local unit of administration (LUA {hyperlink to Definitions page}) at the time that you apply for your first Georgia certificate in order to be eligible for full certification. However, if you meet all requirements except for employment, you will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility which may be converted to an educator certificate upon employment.
How to Apply
When you are ready to apply, please submit the following items to our office:
  • Application for Certification (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader);
  • Verification of Lawful Presence Documentation (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader):
    • This affidavit must be completed and notarized. Please choose only one option on the affidavit;
    • You must attach a copy of an acceptable identification document to this form. Please see the instructions provided with the form for a list of acceptable documents.
  • Experience Verification Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader):
    • Please use this form to verify your most recent year of educator experience, as well as any experience earned within the last 5 school years;
    • The form must be filled out completely, including indication of satisfactory performance evaluations, by a representative of the Human Resources/Personnel department of your current or former employing school system;
    • If you have less than one year of educator experience, you do not need to submit this form.
  • Copy of your professional out-of-state certificate, or a state website where your certification may be publicly verified;
  • Copy of the official score report(s) for any content/subject area assessments you were required to take for your out-of-state certificate:
    • Scores printed from an online educator account will not be accepted unless they are publicly verifiable. If you are unable to acquire official score reports, please ask the certification office in your state to write an official letter verifying the name and date of the certification assessments you passed.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended:
    • These may not be faxed. You may mail original official transcripts or have your college or university send them to mail@gapsc.com in a secure electronic format.
  • $20 processing fee:
    • You may pay this fee online through your MyPSC account or mail a cashier’s check or money order made payable to the State of Georgia.
Once your complete application package is received, the Certification Division staff will evaluate it. If you are eligible for a Georgia certificate, it will be issued electronically through your MyPSC account. If further information is needed or you have outstanding requirements, correspondence will be issued electronically through the same account. In either case, you will receive an email alerting you to the presence of a new document in your account. Complete applications are processed in the order they are received. After you submit your application package, you may monitor our progress through submitted applications on our home page.