Action Steps

  • Register for a MyPSC account at mypsc.gapsc.org/Register.

  • Obtain official transcript(s) from your regionally accredited college or university.

  • Pass the GACE® Program Admissions Assessment or provide a qualifying exemption.

  • Pass GACE® Content Assessment (all parts) if required for admission.

  • Pass GACE® Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment.

  • Assess your disposition to teach.

    All GaTAPP participants must demonstrate professional dispositions. Ask yourself the following questions:
    • Do you have an appreciation for the diversity of all students, all staff, and the community, and a willingness to 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 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 help all students learn?
    • 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 engaging families in the school program?
    • Are you supportive of and cooperative with colleagues and volunteers, and willing to make substantial contributions to school and district projects?
    • Are you willing to actively seek professional development to enhance your content and pedagogical skills and to actively assist other educators?
    • Will you proactively serve all students, challenge negative attitudes, and take a leadership role in high quality decision-making?
    • Will you commit to understanding and actively participating in the school’s School Improvement process?
    • Will you commit to understanding and practicing the Georgia Code of Ethics?
    • Will you commit to reflecting on your teaching practices, analyzing student achievement data, and adjusting your performance based on data?
    • 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 GaTAPP program.
  • Secure a job offer as a teacher with a Local School System.

    • Determine the teaching field, the grade level, and the school systems that interest you
    • Access the website of the school system(s) where you are interested in employment to determine the process for employment
    • Locate that system’s GaTAPP Provider(s)
  • Work with your employing school and/or school system administrator to contact an approved program provider for program participation information.

    • Often the employing school system will work with you and the program provider to ensure that you are in a program; ultimately, it is up to you to be sure that your certification needs are met.*
  • Obtain a Georgia Criminal History Report.
    Often the employing school system will take care of this step. Check with the employing system or GaTAPP Provider for direction.


* The Georgia Professional Standards Commission develops the standards for educator preparation programs and approves program providers. GaPSC does not select GaTAPP Candidates nor intervene in the operation of the programs as long as the program provider is meeting Georgia Standards for the Approval of Educator Preparation Providers and Educator Preparation Programs. Selection of GaTAPP Candidates is determined by program providers.