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 initial teacher certification:
About Initial Certification
- Bachelor of Science in Education
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Post-baccalaureate, non-degree certificate in certain fields of secondary education
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 CertifiedTo 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 Basic Skills Assessment
- Pass the GACE Content Assessment examinations (if applicable)
- Submit a completed application, including transcripts and other supplemental documents
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 ProceduresPrior to the end of each semester, we hold a final seminar in conjunction with the Office of Field Experiences, Clinical Practice, and Partnerships to discuss the required paperwork and procedures to be followed to ensure students receive their teaching certificates in a timely manner.
After all necessary certification paperwork is completed by the student, the certification officer will forward the package to the Professional Standards Commission. Students who do not meet all certification requirements must notify the certification officer when the final requirement is completed.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure his/her teaching certificate remains current.
A student who does not apply for his or 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.