College of Education
Ms. Angela D. Mills-Fleming
Title II Coordinator
University Hall #242-C
College of Education Student Services
Individuals wishing to teach full-time in a public school need to hold a teaching certificate appropriate for the classes they intend to teach. Armstrong offers three paths to teacher certification:
- Bachelor of Science in Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Post-baccalaureate, non-degree certificate in certain fields
Most states have specific requirements, such as student teaching (called a clinical internship), that must be completed for a teaching certificate. In Georgia, the requirements are established by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).
In addition to offering high-quality teacher-preparation programs leading to a teaching certificate, the College of Education provides a certification officer to help students navigate the steps to certification. This includes assisting students with their application to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
To Become Certified
To gain certification, the Professional Standards Commission requires students to take the following actions:
- Successfully complete an appropriate program of study with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 and a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0
- Satisfy or be exempt from the GACE Program Admissions Assessment (formerly known as Basic Skills Assessment)
- Pass Online GaPSC Ethics Assessment (Effective January 1, 2015)
- Pass the GACE Content Assessment examinations (if applicable)
- Submit a completed application, including transcripts and other supplemental documents
Some of the state’s certification requirements may have been satisfied prior to admission into the College of Education – so you may not have to repeat those actions.
Disclosure: The application asks candidates to explain and document any criminal history – so accurately disclose any incidents so you don’t unnecessarily jeopardize your eligibility for a teaching certificate. In other words, a legal transgression may be forgiven; however, failing to disclose a transgression may be more injurious to your application.
Seminar about Certification Procedures
A mandatory meeting occurs at the end of Intership II at Armstrong to learn about Certificate of Eligibility. You MUST complete the application process within two months of your graduation to guarantee certificate of eligibility in a timely manner.
A student who does not apply for his/her certificate within five years of program completion may be required to take additional course work in order to meet the certification requirements at that time.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure his/her teaching certificate remains current.
Advanced Teacher Certification
Students completing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) program do not require paperwork from the certification officer. Students should request a degree-posted transcript from the Registrar's Office and submit this transcript, along with a Georgia Professional Standards Commission Application for Certification, through their employing school system or directly to the GaPSC for upgrading of their certificate field.
Students completing a program or classes that result in the endorsement as an add-on field must submit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Application for certification and a transcript reflecting the qualifying classes to the certification officer for processing.
Reciprocity with Other States
Students wishing to teach outside of Georgia are recommended to obtain their certificate of eligibility in Georgia, and then apply through any other state's certification board. For reciprocity check with respective state board.
Please check the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website regarding payment information and any exemptions that may apply.