Candidate Admission Requirements

All GaTAPP Candidates hold a Provisional certificate (or a Permit). The Provisional certificate is for those individuals who are hired to begin teaching in a Georgia school before completing an educator preparation program. Individuals holding this certificate and meeting entry requirements are allowed to teach up to three years while completing requirements for professional certification.

Qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
    If your highest degree is a bachelor’s degree and it was earned less than 10 years prior to the date of application, you must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5. GaTAPP Providers may set the bar for a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. All providers ensure that the average GPA of each enrolled cohort is 3.0 or higher.

  • Passing scores or qualifying exemption on the GACE Program Admission Assessment
    Passing scores on all three tests within the GACE Program Admission Assessment [Reading (200), Mathematics (201), and Writing (202)] are required for certification and entry for all GaTAPP programs. The assessment, although not required for admission, must be passed as part of completion requirements for Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) candidates. GACE PAA scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC by the testing vendor. The Program Admission Assessment may be exempted by submitting a qualifying score on the ACT, SAT, or GRE. Exemptions must be documented by an official transcript reflecting a copy of an official score report for an eligible exam.

  • Verification of Content Knowledge
    GaTAPP candidates verify content knowledge with a major or equivalent in the content of the teaching field or via a passing score at the Induction level or higher on the appropriate GACE content assessment. These scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC by the testing vendor.

  • A passing score on the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment
    This state-approved assessment of educator ethics is required of all candidates prior to acceptance into a GaTAPP program. This score is transmitted electronically to the GaPSC.

  • Employment
    GaTAPP programs are job-embedded allowing candidates to complete requirements while employed by a regionally accredited local unit of administration (school district or private school), a charter school approved by the Georgia State Charter School Commission, or a charter school approved by the Georgia Department of Education as a classroom teacher full-time or part-time for at least a half-day.