What Materials Should I Submit?

All certification transactions require a complete application. Applications may be completed and submitted through your MyPSC account , or paper applications may be found on the Download Forms page. If you submit documents without an application, the Certification Division will not take any action. However, if you submit an application without all of the required supporting documentation, you will receive a letter in your MyPSC account outlining the missing documentation.

All applicants are also required to submit Verification of Lawful Presence (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) forms and supporting documentation at least once. Please click here for more information about this requirement.

The supporting documentation you are required to submit with your application depends on the type of transaction you are requesting, and sometimes on your individual circumstances.

Please note that any transcripts, test scores, or experience verification previously submitted will remain on your file and do not need to be resubmitted with future applications.

Please click on the type of certification transaction you are requesting to find out what you need to submit. Any required forms may be found on the Download Forms page.

Click to see the content Initial Certification

All first-time applicants must submit the following documents with their application package:

  • Initial Certification Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID.
If you have just completed an educator preparation program, you must submit the following in addition to your official transcripts:
  • Approved Program Completion Form (must be submitted electronically if the program was completed at a Georgia institution);
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee (not required for Georgia program completers earning their first Georgia certificate).
If you are an out-of-state educator, you must submit the following in addition to your official transcripts:
  • A copy of your out-of-state educator certificate(s);
  • A copy of the official score reports for any content assessments you were required to take for your out-of-state certificate;
  • Experience Verification Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) reflecting any educator experience earned within the last 5 years. If you do not have any experience within the last 5 years, please verify the most recent 1 year of experience you have. If you have no educator experience, you are not required to submit this form;
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee.
If you are applying for certification in Healthcare Science or Career & Technical Specializations, you must submit the following in addition to your official transcripts:
  • Documentation of the required occupational experience;
  • A copy of any required industry licensure or certification;
  • Employer Assurance Form.


Click to see the content Renewal

If you are applying to renew a valid or expired Georgia certificate, please submit the following documentation:

  • Certification Update Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting any professional learning required for renewal;
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).


Click to see the content Certificate Upgrade

If you are applying to upgrade the level of a valid Georgia certificate, please submit the following documentation:

  • Certification Update Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • Official transcript reflecting your advanced degree;
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).
If you are applying for an upgrade to level 6 based on All But Dissertation (ABD) status in a doctoral program, please submit the following supporting documentation:
  • Certification Update Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • Official transcript reflecting all completed doctoral course work
  • Alternate Level Six Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) completed by the Dean of your graduate school;
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).


Click to see the content Add a Renewable Certificate Field to a Professional Certificate

If you are adding a teaching field to a Professional teaching certificate based on passing a GACE assessment, you do not need to submit an application or any documentation. The field will automatically be added to your certificate once the passing test score is transmitted electronically to the GaPSC. It may take between 4 and 6 weeks for this transmission to be completed. Please note that the field of Early Childhood Education and the joint field of Special Education General Curriculum/Early Childhood Education may not be added in this way.

If you are adding a certificate field based on completion of an approved certification or endorsement program, please submit the following supporting documentation:

  • Certification Update Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • Approved Program Completion Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader). This form must be submitted electronically if the program was completed at a Georgia institution;
  • Official transcript reflecting all course work completed for the approved program;
  • Employer Assurance Form or $20 fee;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).


Click to see the content Add a Non-Renewable Field to a Professional Certificate

Non-Renewable certificate fields must be requested by an employing Georgia local unit of administration (LUA). Your employer will inform you of any required supporting documentation. A $20 fee is required for this transaction.


Click to see the content Add a Supplemental Induction Field to an Induction Certificate

All Supplemental Induction fields must be requested by an employing Georgia local unit of administration (LUA). A $20 fee is required for this transaction.


Click to see the content Name Change

If you have changed your legal name, please submit the following documentation:

  • Certification Update Application (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) - completed in your current legal name, or an online application completed through your MyPSC account;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).


Click to see the content Convert to a Professional Certificate

If you are applying to convert an Induction or Non-Renewable certificate to Professional, please submit the documents that were outlined in the correspondence issued through your MyPSC account at the time that your certificate was issued. You may also be required to submit the Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID. (This documentation is not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.)


Click to see the content Convert to a Lead Professional Certificate

Most of the qualifications necessary for issuance of a Lead Professional certificate, such as required certificate fields and TKES performance evaluations, will already be on file with the GaPSC. However, you will need to submit the following documentation:


Click to see the content Request a Notarized Certificate Copy

Please submit the following documents, and make sure that your mailing address is listed correctly on your application to ensure swift delivery of your notarized certificate copy:

  • Certification Update Application (may also be completed through your MyPSC account);
  • $20 fee;
  • Verification of Lawful Presence affidavit and a copy of an acceptable ID (Not required if you have previously submitted it and are a U.S. citizen. Click here for more information.).


Click to see the content Delete a Certificate Field

Please submit the following supporting documentation for this transaction:


If you are unsure what to submit, you may:
  • Submit an Application detailing the transaction you are requesting and await a letter, issued through your MyPSC account, outlining the missing documentation;
  • Email mail@gapsc.com to inquire about the required materials for the transaction you wish to request;
  • Call 404-232-2500 on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.