If your out-of-state certificate meets certain requirements, it is possible to get a Georgia certificate based on interstate reciprocity. In order to
qualify, you must hold a valid or expired certificate in a field that is comparable to one of Georgia’s certificate fields. The certificate must also
meet the following conditions:
- Issued by another U.S. state, the District of Columbia, or other qualifying jurisdiction such as the Department of Defense Education Activity
(DoDEA); if you hold an educator certificate in a U.S. territory or another country, please visit the International Educators page.
- Is a professional certificate based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program; if you hold only a temporary or provisional
certificate, please visit the Prospective Educators page. If you do
not know if your out-of-state certificate is considered “professional,” please click here to view
a table of some acceptable out-of-state certificates.
It is important to note that reciprocity does not mean that an out-of-state educator will automatically qualify for a Georgia certificate. Like most other
states, Georgia imposes specific state requirements on all educators, including those already certified out-of-state. If you come to Georgia with a professional
certificate from another state, you may have to fulfill some Special Georgia
before receiving your Georgia certificate, or within a certain period of time after receiving your first certificate. Please feel
free to peruse the Special Georgia Requirements
in order to determine
what additional requirements you might face. However, if you hold a professional out-of-state certificate and submit a complete application package for
Georgia certification, the GaPSC will evaluate your documents and outline any outstanding requirements you may need to fulfill. You must be employed by
a Georgia local unit of administration (LUA
) at the time that you apply for your first Georgia certificate in order to
be eligible for full certification. However, if you meet all requirements except for employment, you will be issued a Certificate of Eligibility which
may be converted to an educator certificate upon employment.
How to Apply
When you are ready to apply, please submit the following items to our office:
- Initial Certification Application – May also be completed and submitted online through your MyPSC account ;
(.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader);
- Verification of Lawful Presence Documentation
- Experience Verification
Form (.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader):
- Please use this form to verify your most recent year of educator experience, as well as any experience earned within the last 5 school
- The form must be filled out completely, including indication of satisfactory performance evaluations, by a representative of the Human
Resources/Personnel department of your current or former employing school system;
- If you have less than one year of educator experience, you do not need to submit this form.
- Copy of your professional out-of-state certificate, or a state website where your certification may be publicly verified;
- Copy of the official score report(s) for any content/subject area assessments you were required to take for your out-of-state certificate:
- Scores printed from an online educator account will not be accepted unless they are publicly verifiable. If you are unable to acquire
official score reports, please ask the certification office in your state to write an official letter verifying the name and date of the certification
assessments you passed.
- If you are submitting Praxis scores used for certification in another state, please do not have the scores submitted electronically to the GaPSC. Please order a hard copy of the score report, then submit a copy of that score report to the GaPSC.
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended:
- These may not be uploaded through your MyPSC account. You may mail original official transcripts or have your college or university send them to firstname.lastname@example.org in a secure electronic format.
- $20 processing fee:
- You may pay this fee online through your MyPSC account.
Most documents may be uploaded through your MyPSC account. For more information about submitting application documents, please visit this page
Once your complete application package is received, the Certification Division staff will evaluate it. If you are eligible for a Georgia certificate,
it will be issued electronically through your MyPSC account. If further information is needed or you have outstanding requirements, correspondence will
be issued electronically through the same account. In either case, you will receive an email alerting you to the presence of a new document in your account.
Complete applications are processed in the order they are received. After you submit your application package, you may check the status by following the instructions found on the Application Status