Certificate Upgrade Advisor
Do you currently hold a certificate that can be upgraded?
Only a Clear Renewable Teaching, Service, Leadership or Trade and Industrial certificate at a level 4 (or higher)
can be upgraded by earning an advanced degree. If you hold a Non-Renewable, International Exchange, GaTAPP, Paraprofessional, Instructional Aid, Permit, Support Personnel License or Adjunct License,
you do not qualify for a certificate upgrade and the Advisor will not be able to assist you. Some degrees will not lead to a certificate upgrade! To see what degree programs qualify you for an upgrade
go to the new Educator Certificate Upgrades Rule 505-2-.41. You may upgrade your certificate level by completing a degree program that matches one of your existing fields of certification, or by completing a degree program that prepares you for certification in a new field.
If you choose to complete a new field upgrade please know you will be required to pass the appropriate GACE assessment(s).
If you need advice on an institution inside or outside of Georgia that is not listed, please email certupgrade@GAPSC.com.
Your email should include your PSC account number, the name of the institution, the name of the degree program, and a website address of a page that best describes the degree program.
What are Georgia certificate Levels?
GaPSC designates a numerical certificate level for selected degrees; the certificate level is one of several factors that determine an educator’s placement on the GaDOE state salary schedule. Select the following link for Georgia's degree equivalency list http://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/StepsToTeach/cert_lvls_degrees.aspx