Certificate Upgrade Advisor
Do you currently hold a certificate that can be upgraded?
The following types of certificates can be upgraded:
- Renewable, professional certificates: Includes Standard Professional, Performance-Based Professional, Advanced Professional, & Lead Professional. Permits
may not be upgraded;
- Induction Pathway 1, 2, or 3 certificates: Induction Pathway 4 certificates may not be upgraded.
If you hold
other type of certificate or 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!
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
assessment(s). The college/university at which you complete your advanced degree
must also meet certain institutional accreditation requirements. To read more about certificate upgrade requirements, please visit this webpage
or read the Certificate Upgrade
Any degree that appears in the Upgrade Advisor has already been reviewed by the GaPSC. An in-field degree that is marked yes is approved to lead to
an upgrade in your certificate field. One that is marked no will not lead to an upgrade in the certificate field that you have selected. New field degrees are not listed as yes or no; any new field degrees that appear in the advisor are approved to lead to an upgrade as long as you also pass the appropriate content assessment. Please note that if a degree is approved for an upgrade in any certificate field except for Educational Leadership, the resulting upgrade will apply to all of your fields. For more information about pay increases resulting from Educational Leadership degrees, please read the guidance document found here.
Although we are currently expanding our Upgrade Advisor to include as many degree programs as possible, this database is not exhaustive. If you are considering
a degree program that is not listed under the related certification field in the Advisor, please complete this form and email it to
certupgrade@GAPSC.com. We will then add the program’s approval status to the Advisor for the related certificate field(s).
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