Overview of Georgia Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Certification

  • Complete an approved educator preparation program.
  • Be recommended by your college, university or program provider.
  • Be recommended for full professional certification.
  • Earn satisfactory scores on a state-approved certification assessment.

Important Information

As of September 2006, the state of Georgia requires candidates for educator certification in most fields to take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®) assessment. Visit the ETS GACE website for more information about the assessments, or visit the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) website for information about which assessments you must take for certification.

Who Must Take the Tests?

For most fields, you are required to take the GACE assessments for certification in Georgia if you live in the state of Georgia. See Out-of-State Applicants below if you currently hold or have held a professional teaching certificate in a state other than Georgia.

To register for a GACE assessment, you must create both a MyPSC Account on the GaPSC website and an ETS GACE testing account. See Registration Steps for more information.

Your scores are automatically sent to the GaPSC, and you may choose up to three additional score recipients during the registration process. See Sending Your GACE Scores for more information and a list of program provider codes.

Speech and Language Pathology

You are required to take the Praxis® Speech-Language Pathology test for certification in Georgia in the field of Speech and Language Pathology.

See Register for a Praxis Test for information about how to register.

If you are testing in Georgia, your scores will be sent automatically to the GaPSC. If you test outside of Georgia, select the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (state code 7694) as a score recipient when you register or when you order an additional score report. See Sending Your Praxis Scores for more information.

See Out-of-State Applicants below if you currently hold or have held a professional teaching certificate in a state other than Georgia.

Out-of-State Applicants

If you hold or have held a professional certificate in another state, and have passed the appropriate content knowledge test required by that state for your certification field, you are not required to take the GACE assessment(s) for licensure.

If you hold or have held a professional certificate in another state where a content knowledge test was not required, you may be eligible for a nonrenewable certificate before passing the required GACE assessment(s), if a request is made by a Georgia school system.

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