Establishes and Enforces Georgia Educator Preparation Standards
The primary purpose of the Educator Preparation Division is to assure the citizens of Georgia that GaPSC-certified educators meet high standards and are well prepared for their roles in school systems and schools. Providing a quality education for all Georgia children requires partnerships among state agencies, program providers and professional, and community organizations. The Educator Preparation Division is at the center of forging a strong partnership involving the work of the GaPSC, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), the University System of Georgia (USG), private and public colleges and universities, regional education service agencies (RESAs), local school systems, and other organizations preparing educators.
The work of the division is organized in two major areas: Non-Traditional Preparation and Program Approval.
Program Approval - Establishes and enforces standards and requirements for the preparation of teachers, school service personnel, school leaders, and approves education units and programs preparing individuals for Georgia educator certification.
Non-traditional Preparation - Establishes and enforces standards and requirements for Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) programs, that are designed to prepare individuals with degrees and content area expertise for the teaching profession.
The Educator Preparation Division is committed to ensuring quality educator preparation programs that recruit, prepare, and retain qualified educators who meet the needs of all learners in Georgia classrooms.