Out-of-State Institutions

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) authorized changes to rules impacting the preparation of educational leaders in 2006. Programs preparing educational leaders for clear renewable certification are now offered at the Educational Specialist level and they must be performance-based with over one-half of the program spent practicing authentic leadership tasks, in real school settings, in close partnership with the employing school district or agency. Along with these changes came the need to more closely monitor programs. For this reason, GaPSC requires Georgia-certified educators seeking certification in the field of Educational Leadership to complete only those programs that are approved by the GaPSC. Due to a rule change in 2009, institutions not administratively based in the state of Georgia that meet specific requirements are eligible to seek GaPSC approval for their Educational Leadership programs.

Document Title Format
Directions to Include Out of State Programs in the Georgia Certificate Upgrade Advisor Word Doc
Intent to Seek Approval Form for Out-of-State Institutions PDF Doc

Pre-Service

REQUESTING PRE-SERVICE CERTIFICATION ON BEHALF OF CANDIDATES

Individuals who are enrolled in teacher education programs offered by out-of-state institutions and who are completing field experiences and/or clinical practice/student teaching/residency in a Georgia P-12 school must obtain the Pre-Service Certificate prior to entering the school for the placement. Out-of-state providers should Contact Certification for assistance. Useful resources are listed below for downloading.

505-2-.03 PRE-SERVICE TEACHING CERTIFICATE

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In-Field and New Field Upgrades

In-Field vs New Field

The process of earning a higher academic degree and raising the certificate level is called upgrading. The rule was created to ensure that educators earn advanced degrees which are both relevant and rigorous and, therefore, more likely to positively impact student achievement as well as school and school district improvement.

Rule 505-2-.41 applies to Georgia educators holding a valid Clear Renewable, Performance-Based, or Life Certificate at Level-4, -5 or -6, as long as they hold one of the following certificate types: Teaching (T), Service (S), Leadership (L or PL) or Technical Specialist (TS at level 4 or higher). The rule does not impact the first, or initial, assignment of a Georgia educator certificate; see Rule 505-2-.02 for information on the initial assignment of a certificate.

There are two options, or types, of advanced degree programs eligible to result in a certificate level upgrade: In-Field programs and New Field programs.

In-Field Programs

Educators can earn a certificate level upgrade by successfully completing an advanced degree program in a Georgia PSC certification field held. First, it means that an advanced degree used to upgrade a certificate must be in a field in which GaPSC issues a certificate. Institutions must be certain that names of programs match a GaPSC certification field and that transcripts reflect both the major and the concentration. Second, an In-Field advanced degree program used to upgrade a certificate must be in a GaPSC field of certification already held by the educator. The field of certification must be listed on the educator’s certificate before the educator begins the advanced degree program intended for an In-Field upgrade. In-Field advanced degree programs should be designed to advance and enhance existing knowledge and skills in the field.

New Field Programs

In order to earn a certificate level upgrade with a New Field program, educators must successfully complete an advanced degree program which has been approved for initial certification in a GaPSC field of certification not held by the educator—a new field of certification. In addition, they must pass the state-approved content assessment for the new field, and apply for and successfully add the new field to the GaPSC certificate. The name of the program must match a GaPSC certification field. Because the New Field programs lead to certification, the Out-of-State provider must be state-approved by the equivalent state agency. The programs must be aligned with the appropriate Georgia approved content assessment. Since educators must apply for and successfully add the new field to their certificate, officials in the education department or dean’s office will be expected to complete and submit to the GaPSC Certification Division the GaPSC Approved Program Recommendation Form.

INFIELD UPGRADES

Out-of-state institutions must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • In lieu of GaPSC approval, the institution must be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), or the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

  • The institution must hold a Carnegie Classification of Research University-Very High Research Activity (RU/VH) or Research University-High Research Activity (RU/H) at the time the individual is admitted to the program.

For more information about Rule 505-2-.33 please see the GaPSC webpage, Certification Upgrades and click on Rule 505.2.-.33 Educator Certificate Upgrades. Useful resources are listed below for downloading:

For Information on Georgia’s Tiered Certification Structure, please go to:


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NEW FIELD UPGRADES

New Field programs lead to certification; they must be approved by the GaPSC or be state-approved by the equivalent state agency if offered by an out-of-state institution.

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Educational Leadership

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) authorized changes to rules impacting the preparation of educational leaders in 2006. Along with these changes came the need to more closely monitor programs. For this reason, GaPSC requires Georgia-certified educators seeking certification in the field of Educational Leadership to complete only those programs that are approved by the GaPSC.

Out of State for-profit organizations that are not regionally accredited institutions of higher education are not eligible to seek GaPSC approval as an EPP.

Tier I and Tier II

Tier I

Tier I candidates must complete 250 hours of clinical experiences in addition to any performances required in coursework. EPPs are responsible for coordinating these clinical experiences with candidates, their employers, and their mentors. The partnership agreement should indicate that all relevant parties agree to support the candidate and provide opportunities for these experiences to occur. For candidates who are not employed in a leadership position, the partnership agreement is even more critical and an EPP supervisor or instructor/advisor is expected to work collaboratively with the candidate and her/his employer to ensure clinical experiences will occur. For instance, for candidates who are teachers the partnership agreement should include assurances for release time during school hours, as well as opportunities to observe leadership activities in other schools to meet grade level observation requirements. For candidates who are employed in other settings, the partnership agreement should specify that the employer will allow the candidate to miss work during school hours so that the 250 hours of clinical practice can be completed.

Tier II

In Tier II programs, most candidates should be in a leadership position. For those who are not, the EPP is responsible for ensuring the partnership agreement with the employer clearly specifies the candidate will be released from other responsibilities for two full days per week or the equivalent to allow the candidate sufficient time to participate in and successfully complete the 750 hours of clinical work required.

Requirements

Out-of-State institutions that plan to seek GaPSC approval for Tier I and Tier II programs must submit an Out-of-State Intent to Seek Approval Form to the GaPSC. Before a review can be scheduled, the institution must show evidence of meeting the following pre-requisite requirements:

  • The institution must be accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) or the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) after 2013, and
  • The Educational Leadership program(s) must be Nationally Recognized by Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

The Out-of-State Intent to Seek Approval Form includes several assurances, which require careful consideration by institutional leaders and program coordinators, as well as signatures by the chief executive of the institution and dean of the college/school/department of education. Upon receipt of the signed Intent to Seek Approval Form, PRS-II will be made available to the institution for submission of additional information, a timeline will be established, and an approval review will be scheduled.

Provided the pre-requisite requirements have been made, the approval process can take up to a year and Georgia educators must not be admitted prior to approval. Advanced planning, dedicated resources, and a clear understanding of the process are essential for success. The on-site review occurs in Georgia. The approval process follows CAEP format. The purpose of this requirement is to interview school district partners for Tier I and Tier II program. The approval process follows the CAEP format and Georgia’s Service/Leader Standards and CAEP Advanced Standards used.


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