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Certification Levels and Corresponding Degrees

This chart reflects the certification level designated by GaPSC for selected degrees and majors. While the degrees are accepted in the issuance of an educator's first Georgia certificate (GaPSC Rule 505-2-.02), note that MANY OF THESE DEGREES ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR A CERTIFICATE LEVEL UPGRADE (Rule 505-2-.41).

Note: A "Certificate of Advanced Study" (CAS) is not recognized as a degree equivalent.

Certification LevelDegreeDegree DescriptionMajors
1HS/GEDHigh School or GED - vocational fields onlyAny major
2A.A.Associate of ArtsAny major
2A.S.Associate of ScienceAny major
4B.ABachelor of ArtsAny major
4B.Ed.Bachelor of EducationEducation
4B.F.A.Bachelor of Fine ArtsAny major
4B.M.Bachelor of MusicAny major
4B.S.Bachelor of ScienceAny major
4Other BachelorBachelor degree – specific title not listedAny major
5M.P.A.Master of Public AdministrationPublic Administration
5M.P.HMaster of Public HealthPublic Health
5M.S.Master of ScienceAny major
5M.S.W.Master of Social WorkSocial Work
5M.A.Master of ArtsAny major
5M.A.T.Master of Arts in TeachingEducation
5M.B.A.Master of Business AdministrationBusiness Administration
5M.Ed.Master of EducationEducation
5Other MasterMaster degree – specific title not listedAny major
5O.D.Doctor of OptometryOptometry
5Pharm. D.Doctor of PharmacyPharmacy
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