Permit

Permits are renewable certificates designed for individuals who qualify to teach in specific fields based on a combination of work experience, education, and assessment(s). The following individuals may qualify for a permit:
  • Individuals fluent in a foreign language;
  • Performing artists in the fields of art, dance, drama, or music;
  • JROTC personnel;
  • Retired teachers;
  • Leaders from business, government, military, or other professions.
Permit applicants must be employed by a Georgia LUA. The LUA must work with the applicant to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) detailing professional development that will be completed during the permit validity. Permits are valid for 3 years. Please see the sections below for the requirements for permits in different fields.
Foreign Language Fields
The qualifications for an initial permit in a foreign language field include:
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • English proficiency;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA;
  • Passing score on the appropriate content assessment:
    • In fields for which both a GACE assessment and an ACTFL assessment are available, either is acceptable for issuance of a permit.
Requirements to renew the initial permit include:
Performing Artists: Art, Dance, Drama & Music
The qualifications for an initial permit in a performance art field include:
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Minimum of 3 years of occupational experience in the field requested;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.
Requirements to renew the initial permit include:
Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC)
The qualifications for an initial permit in JROTC include:
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Honorable retirement from a branch of the U.S. military;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.
Requirements to renew the initial permit include:
  • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or exemption;
  • Successful completion of all required JROTC instructor training for full branch certification;
  • Fulfillment of IDP requirements;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.
Retired Teachers
The qualifications for an initial permit for a retired teacher include:
  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Minimum of 3 years of successful teaching experience;
  • Have previously held a professional teaching certificate in any state in the field requested;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.
Requirements to renew the initial permit include:
  • Passing score on the appropriate GACE GACE content assessment or exemption;
  • Fulfillment of IDP requirements;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA.
Educational Leadership: Superintendent
The permit in Educational Leadership is issued to individuals from outside the traditional educational route who are selected to serve in the leadership role of Superintendent. Qualifications for the initial permit in this field include:
  • A master’s degree or higher;
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA;
  • Minimum of 3 years of business, management, leadership and/or instructional experiences acceptable to the employing LUA.
Requirements to renew the initial permit include: For more information about permits, please see Certification Rule 505-2-.10 (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).