Online Georgia Teacher Certification
The rules for Georgia teaching certifications are set by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), which is responsible for certifying and classifying professional employees in public schools. Teaching programs in Georgia that lead to a degree in education are the first step in achieving a Georgia teaching certification.
The PSC also recognizes post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs that lead to certification of applicants with bachelor's degrees in other fields. Applicants must then pass the appropriate Basic Skills Assessments and the appropriate Content Assessments for the subject field to be taught. Applicants must satisfy the Standards of Conduct. Applicants who are employed in the Georgia Public School system must be fingerprinted and pass an FBI background check. Details of all these requirements may be found at the GAPSC website.
Georgia Teaching Certifications: Getting Started in a New Career
Online Georgia teacher certification programs are an excellent alternative for those students who have work or family obligations that preclude attendance in traditional campus-based Georgia teaching programs. Make sure that any online teaching programs that you enroll in are approved by the Georgia PSC. Students in need of financial assistance can apply to Georgia's unique HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) scholarship and grant programs, the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, the Charles McDaniel Teacher Scholarship, or the HERO scholarship program for members and families of the Georgia National Guard.
Georgia teachers earned an average of $52,879 during the 2008-2009 school year, according to statistics compiled by the National Education Association (NEA). This was an increase of 2 percent over the 2007-2008 school year for the reported 118,979 teachers employed in the Georgia public school system.