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Advanced/Lead Professional

The fourth tier includes two different certificates designed for classroom teachers: Advanced Professional and Lead Professional. The Advanced Professional certificate is for teachers who demonstrate expert classroom practice and the Lead Professional certificate is for teachers who are leaders of their peers. It is important to note that the Lead Professional certificate is completely distinct from the Educational Leadership certificate. Lead Professional certificate holders are classroom teachers who fulfill leadership roles such as mentoring Induction teachers, whereas Educational Leadership certificate holders serve in administrative positions such as Principal or Superintendent.
Advanced Professional
Advanced Professional certificates will not be issued until more data about TKES evaluations is available.

Requirements for the Advanced Professional certificate include:
  • At least 5 years of acceptable educator experience, at least 3 of which must have been earned on a Georgia certificate within the last 5 years. Educator experience in Georgia public school systems is transmitted electronically to the GaPSC. All other educator experience should be documented on the Experience Verification Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader);
  • One of the following:
    • Advanced degree in a teaching field;
    • Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction or Instructional Technology;
    • NBPTS certification.
  • A minimum number of Exemplary TKES annual performance ratings and no unsatisfactory evaluations within 5 years:
    • The number of Exemplary ratings will be determined after more data is available. Until then, Advanced Professional certificates will not be issued.
  • Employment within a Georgia local unit of administration (LUA). Employment should be verified on the Employer Assurance Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) , which may be submitted electronically by your employer.
Lead Professional
Requirements for the Lead Professional certificate include:
  • At least 5 years of acceptable educator experience, at least 3 of which must have been earned on a Georgia certificate within the last 5 years. Educator experience in Georgia public school systems is transmitted electronically to the GaPSC. All other educator experience should be documented on the Experience Verification Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader);
  • One of the following:
    • Teacher Leadership certification;
    • Advanced degree in a teaching field and a Teacher Leader, Coaching, or Teacher Support & Coaching endorsement;
    • Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction or Instructional Technology and a Teacher Leader, Coaching, or Teacher Support & Coaching endorsement;
    • NBPTS certification and a Teacher Leader, Coaching, or Teacher Support & Coaching endorsement.
  • A minimum number of Exemplary TKES annual performance ratings and no unsatisfactory evaluations within 5 years:
    • The number of Exemplary ratings will be determined after more data is available. Until then, Lead Professional certificates will be issued to those who meet all other requirements after 7/1/15.
  • Passing score on the GACE Teacher Leadership assessment;
  • Employment within a Georgia local unit of administration (LUA ). Employment should be verified on the Employer Assurance Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader), which may be submitted electronically by your employer.
Validity
Advanced and Lead Professional certificates are valid for 5 years. For renewal requirements, please click here.
How to Apply
Once you meet the qualifications for an Advanced or Lead Professional certificate, please submit the following documents in addition to any documentation of specific requirements indicated above.
  • Application for Certification (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader);
  • Verification of Lawful Presence Documentation (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader):
    • This affidavit must be completed and notarized. Please choose only one option on the affidavit;
    • You must attach a copy of an acceptable identification document to this form. Please see the instructions provided with the form for a list of acceptable documents;
    • If you are a U.S. citizen and you have previously submitted this documentation to the GaPSC, you do not need to submit it again. If you are not a U.S. citizen and you have submitted this documentation to the GaPSC within 180 days, you do not need to submit it again at this time.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended:
    • These may not be faxed or uploaded. You may mail original official transcripts or have your college or university send them to mail@gapsc.com in a secure electronic format.
  • Employer Assurance Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader)
    • This may be submitted electronically by your employer.