Certification





Certification

All Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers, school administrators, service personnel and paraprofessionals are required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, or assignment.

The GaPSC outlines the state certification system in rules and procedures for the Certification of Education Personnel. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and applications, please visit the GaPSC website or contact the GaPSC directly at:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Ave, SE
Suite 1702, West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-9032

Email: mail@gapsc.com

GaPSC’s website: www.gapsc.com

Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Certification Department provides support for applications, upgrades, renewals and conversions.

Certification Information
New certificated employees shall provide a valid in-field Georgia Educator's Certificate within thirty (30) days of employment. The contract of employment is contingent upon the employee securing and continuing to hold a valid in-field certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). Gwinnett County Board of Education (P.GBC)

Begin the certification process by establishing your MyPSC account. Your MyPSC allows you to:
  • Complete a GaPSC certification application
  • Register for GaPSC required assessments
  • Submit documentation for certification, upgrades, etc.
  • Receive important communication from the GaPSC about your certificate

Steps to Become a Georgia Teacher

If you have not completed an educator certification program but are considering a career as a teacher, follow these steps. You may be eligible for a provisional certificate that is valid for three years and allows you to be hired as a teacher while completing a program that leads to teacher certification. Upon establishing a MyPSC account:

Minimum basic certification documents required by the GaPSC are:

  • GaPSC Certification Application
  • Verification of Lawful Presence form
    • Must be notarized
    • Must include a legible copy of identification
  • Pass the Program Admission Assessment or provide proof of exemption from one of the following:
    • SAT combined Math and Verbal score of 1000
    • ACT combined Math and English score of 43
    • GRE combined Quantitative and Verbal score of 297 (after 8/1/2011) or 1030 (before 8/1/2011)
  • Pass the GACE content field assessment in the subject matter you want to teach
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the institution directly to the GaPSC or you may upload these to your GCPS application.
  • Complete the Educator Ethics Entry 350 assessment
  • GaPSC will communicate additional requirements for certification based on each individual educator. Communication will be sent to the educator through their MyPSC account.
  • Choose a route to certification through:

Educators with Out-of-State Certificates

Educators moving to Georgia that meet certain requirements can apply for reciprocity

Minimum basic certification documents required by the GaPSC are:

  • GaPSC Certification Application
  • Verification of Lawful Presence form
    • Must be notarized
    • Must include a legible copy of identification
  • Copy of your out of state certificate
  • Official out of state score reports for all content assessments
    • Score reports from an on-line educator account will not be accepted by the GaPSC
    • Experience verification may exempt you from this requirement if you have taught 5 consecutive years within the most recent five year period in the content field.
    • If you are unable to provide a content field score report or exempt by experience verification you must take the content field assessment
  • Experience verification must be submitted to the GaPSC to determine your certificate level unless you have less than one year of experience.
Certification Renewal for Current GCPS Employees
The state of Georgia mandates that professional teaching certificates be renewed every five years. The GCPS Certification Department will notify each certified employee in November of the year of expiration.


Paraprofessional Certification Information
All Georgia paraprofessionals must hold a valid Paraprofessional Educator certificate issued by the GaPSC.

Applicants for paraprofessional positions must hold at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent and satisfy all other federal hiring requirements appropriate to designated positions prior to being considered for employment in Gwinnett County Public Schools.

Paraprofessionals hired after January 8, 2002, shall meet one of the following requirements:

Completion of at least two years (60 semester/90 quarter hours) of study at an institution of higher education (regionally-accredited);
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Obtained an associate’s or higher degree;
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Have passed the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment.

If you have completed 60 semester/90 quarter hours of higher education, you must provide an official transcript to document that you have met this requirement. If you do not have the requisite hours, you will need to provide documentation that you have passed the state assessment. Information on registration deadlines and locations can be obtained at the GACE website or through your MyPSC account.


Teach Gwinnett Alternative Preparation Programs
The state of Georgia allows alternatives to the traditional undergraduate college route for training teachers. The GCPS Teach Gwinnett program is designed to develop quality teachers for Gwinnett County classrooms . The program offers college graduates who are not education majors the opportunity to be fully trained and certified while they begin their careers as full-time teachers. Full professional certification will be awarded by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission upon completion of the program. Please visit the Teach Gwinnett web page for additional information.