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Career, Technical and Agricultural Education

Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) encompasses the following teaching fields:
  • Agriculture;
  • Business;
  • Career and Technical Specializations;
  • Computer Science;
  • Engineering and Technology;
  • Family & Consumer Sciences;
  • Healthcare Science;
  • Marketing;
Certification in most of these fields follows the standard requirements for teaching certification. However, the fields of Healthcare Science and Career & Technical Specializations have distinct requirements, which are described below.

Healthcare Science

Qualification for certificates in the field of Healthcare Science is based on a combination of occupational work experience, industry licensing and assessments, and formal study. Qualifications for a Provisional certificate in Healthcare Science include:
  • Associate’s degree or higher in a healthcare-related field;
  • A current healthcare professional license, registration, or certification that relates to the healthcare field;
  • Minimum of 2 years of occupational work experience in the healthcare field;
  • Complete the GACE Educator Ethics – Program Entry Assessment;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.

Career & Technical Specializations

Certification in Career & Technical Specializations, like Healthcare Science, is based on a combination of occupational work experience, industry licensing and assessments, and formal study. Within the field of Career & Technical Specializations, there are numerous areas of specialization, each with their own qualifications. You may find a list of these areas of specialization and their qualifications in Certificate Rule 505-2-.90 and in guidance available in the following document - Career & Technical Specializations: Industry Licensure and Testing Requirements (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).

At the request of an employing Georgia LUA, the initial Provisional certificate may be issued to individuals who have not met industry testing or licensure standards. During the 3-year validity of the Provisional certificate, the individual must complete all licensure requirements and complete a certification program to include the following Special Georgia Requirements, Program Admission Assessment, the Educator Ethics Program Exit assessment, and a Special Education course. If the certification program was not completed at the Associate’s degree level or higher, the individual may be issued another 3-year Provisional certificate at the request of the employing Georgia LUA. This allows the educator time to complete an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited institution.

Please see Rule 505-2-.08 for more detailed information about CTAE certification.