Please note the following checkpoints for becoming a GaTAPP Teacher-Candidate:
- Become familiar with the GaTAPP program requirements and local operations;
- Check GaTAPP Program Providers;
- Access www.TeachGeorgia.org official state source to find educator employment opportunities in Georgia public schools;
- Access the website of the school system(s) that you are interested in and/or the provider for that system to determine if there is a GPA
- Some providers and/or school systems require a 2.5 GPA (To access the website for school systems access the GaPSC website www.gapsc.com
and click on the Education links (OR click here);
- Assess your disposition to teach. All non-traditional path participants shall be required, by path completion, to demonstrate professional
dispositions. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have an appreciation of the diversity of the students, the staff, and the community and capitalize on the richness of that diversity?
- Are your interactions with adults and children friendly, warm, caring, polite, respectful, and developmentally and culturally appropriate?
- Do you value a culture of learning where students are committed to the value of the subject, accept the teacher’s high expectations, and
take pride in quality work and conduct?
- Do you respond appropriately, respectfully, and successfully to student behavior?
- Do you intend to communicate directions and/or procedures using clear and accurate oral and/or written language?
- Do you believe in demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness by adjusting lessons, responding to students, and being persistent in your
effort to teach all students?
- Do you value maintaining accurate, complete records of student assignments and learning and of non-instructional activities;
- Do you recognize the value of frequently and successfully providing instructional information and student progress information to parents
and engage families in the school program?
- Are you supportive of and cooperative with colleagues and volunteers and are willing to make substantial contributions to school and district
- Would you be willing to actively seek professional development to enhance content and pedagogical skills and actively assist other educators;
- Would you proactively serve all students, challenge negative attitudes, and take a leadership role in high quality decision-making?
- Would you be committed to understanding and actively participating in the school’s School Improvement process?
- Would you commit to understanding and practicing the Georgia Code of Ethics?
- Would be committed to reflect on your teaching practices, analyze student achievement data, and make adjustments to your performance based
- Do you have a coachable spirit?
- If you believe you have a lot to learn and are eager and accepting
of constructive feedback, you have a greater opportunity for success in the profession and in the GaTAPP program.
- If you do not believe you have these dispositions (qualities), stop here. The Candidate’s disposition to teach students at the grade level
and in the field of interest is critical.