GaTAPP

Candidate Instructions and Information


Program Entrance Requirements for Clear Renewable Teaching Certificates


Prior to admission in GaTAPP, a candidate must meet ALL of the following:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Passed the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or qualified for exemption with a passing score on the SAT, GRE, or ACT). It is also possible to exempt the GACE Basic Skills Assessment if you passed the Praxis I test prior to September 1, 2006. Exemption scores are as follows:
  •   •  SAT exemption: Combine 1000
      •  GRE exemption: Combined 1030 Verbal and Quantitative
      •  ACT exemption: Combined 43 English and Math
  • Passed the appropriate content GACE, or have a bachelor's degree or higher with a major, or equivalent, in the teaching field for which the individual is seeking Clear Renewable certification. Important note for SpEd Candidates: The content GACE for SpEd candidates in grades K - 8 is either: 087: Special Education: Reading, English Language Arts, and Social Studies or 088: Special Education: Mathematics and Science. Candidates must pass the content area test for which they will be teaching. Candidates may take both tests to be Highly Qualified in all areas. Special Education General Curriculum (081 & 082) is not a content assessment.
    SpEd Candidates must also pass either Special Education General Curriculum (081 & 082) or Special Education Adaptive Curriculum (083 & 084) to complete GaTAPP. These assessments may be completed at any time during the GaTAPP program.
  • Passed the GACE Ethics 350 exam. (Sign up through mypsc.gapsc.org)
  • Maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college work, required for some pathways
  • Not completed student teaching in undergraduate or graduate work
  • Not held a Clear Renewable Teaching or Technical Specialist certificate
  • Provided official transcripts (not issued to students) from all colleges or universities
  • Secured a job offer as a teacher with a local school system
  • Obtained a Georgia Criminal History Report & Fingerprinting with your local school system
  • Completed application and submit with Candidate Recommendation Form to TCSG at Wiregrass’s GaTAPP Office
  • Assumed financial responsibility for all tuition ($4,000 first year; $2,500 additional years if needed) and other related costs associated with certification. The annual fees cover tuition for all courses at Wiregrass, all seminars, course and program related materials, books, LiveText registration, and the Supervisor who will visit the candidates and conduct meetings as well as observations. An additional fee of $500 is required if the Candidate’s school campus is more than 30 miles away from a Wiregrass campus. An additional fee of $1,000 is required if the Candidate’s school campus is more than 60 miles away from a Wiregrass campus.
  • *Please note: The program costs at Wiregrass do not cover any state mandated expenses such as application fees for certification ($20); GACE Program Admission ($128 – $234 prior to program entry); GACE content exams ($193 – $246 prior to program entry); Ethics 350 ($30 prior to program entry); Ethics 360 ($30 upon program completion), and edTPA submission fees ($300 complete during program). These are required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and are paid directly to third party entities. These costs are external to Wiregrass and are subject to change.

Program Entrance Requirements for Technical Specialist Teaching Certificates


Prior to admission in GaTAPP, a candidate must meet ALL of the following:

  • Earned an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the teaching field for which seeking certification
  • Passed the GACE Basic Skills Assessment (or qualified for exemption with a passing score on the SAT, GRE, or ACT). It is also possible to exempt the GACE Basic Skills Assessment if you passed the Praxis I test prior to September 1, 2006. Exemption scores are as follows:
  •   • SAT exemption: Combine 1000
      • GRE exemption: Combined 1030 Verbal and Quantitative
      • ACT exemption: Combined 43 English and Math
  • Have a passing score on the appropriate professional or industrial assessment as noted in Certification Rule 505-2-.96 Trade & Industrial Ed. or Rule 505-2-.70 Healthcare Science Technology Ed. for fields in which certification is being sought
  • Passed the GACE Ethics 350 exam. (Sign up through mypsc.gapsc.org)
  • Not held a Clear Renewable Teaching or Technical Specialist certificate
  • Provided official transcripts from all colleges or universities
  • Secured a job offer as a teacher with a local school system
  • Obtained a Georgia Criminal History Report & Fingerprinting with your local school system
  • Completed application and submit with Candidate Recommendation Form to TCSG at Wiregrass Professional Learning Office
  • Assumed financial responsibility for all tuition ($4,000 first year; $2,500 additional years if needed) and other related costs associated with certification.

Admission requirements are also found in the Professional Standards Rule - 505-3-.05-Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP).

Orientation and Individual Counseling to include:

  1. Instruction on the Essentials of Effective Teaching or equivalent
  2. Individual assessment of teacher-candidates' content background
  3. Development of individualized induction plan (IIP) for each teacher-candidate, including scheduling of any required Georgia Special Requirement classes
  4. Assignment by a 3-4-person support team, including a TCSG GaTAPP supervisor, a school-based mentor, a school-based administrator, and a content specialist (if not the mentor)
  5. Completion of required the Professional Services Commission candidate information form.
  6. Assistance with appropriate path certification applications.

Minimum of One Year of Mentoring/Coaching Internship/Induction to include:

  1. Intense mentoring and coaching by the CST
  2. Seminars and/or other professional learning opportunities during the internship. Seminars and instruction are based on Charlotte Danielson's Enhancing Student Achievement: A Framework for Teaching, and teacher-candidates' identified problems and interests
  3. Completion of course work required to meet Georgia Special Requirements including the identification and education of children and youth with special needs. The teaching of reading (and writing, middle grades, only) and the integration of technology in the classroom are met through content standards requirements
  4. Taking the appropriate GACE Content Assessment by the end of the first semester of teaching if not already completed. If teacher-candidate passes, no further action is necessary. If teacher-candidate fails, test results may be used to modify individualized plan of study
  5. Collection of evidence for electronic achievement portfolio
  6. Assessment by teacher-candidate's support team, using Danielson's Framework for Teaching
  7. Recommendation for certification, continuation in the program for a second year, or termination from the program.

How to Apply

 

Contact Us

April McDuffie
GaTAPP Coordinator
(229) 468-2103, Ext. 4103
april.mcduffie@wiregrass.edu
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Liane Holbrook
GaTAPP Support Services Coordinator
(229) 333-2100, Ext. 3081
liane.holbrook@wiregrass.edu

Click here to download a copy of the GaTAPP brochure.