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 Program Admission Assessment (or qualified for exemption with a passing score on the SAT, GRE, or ACT). It is also possible to exempt the GACE Program Admission Assessment if you passed the Praxis I test prior to September 1, 2006. Exemption scores are as follows:
- SAT exemption: Combine 1000
- GRE exemption: minimum 1030 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken prior to August 1, 2011
- GRE exemption: minimum 297 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken on or after August 1, 2011
- ACT exemption: Combined 43 English and Math
- Passed the appropriate content GACE, and 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. GACE content scores are accepted at induction level for admission; however, all candidates must score at the provisional level on GACE content prior to completing the program.
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 on undergraduate degree
*Please note: Exceptions may be made upon completion of a waiver, and candidates with a 2.2-2.49 GPA could be placed on a waiting list. However, no exceptions can be made for early childhood education nor special education.
- 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 ($4,500 first year; $2,500 additional years if needed) and other related costs associated with certification. Tuition and fees are non-refundable. 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.
- An additional fee of $500 for Special Education candidates per year to cover additional training costs
- If the candidate did not complete/pass any of the online courses during the first year, an additional $500 per online course fee will be added.
*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 or retakes prior to program completion); 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 above EXCEPT the following:
- Earned an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in the teaching field for which seeking certification
- 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. If a GACE content exam is available in the teaching field, the GACE content must be taken and passed. GACE content scores are accepted at induction level for admission; however, all candidates must score at the professional level on GACE content prior to completing the program.
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:
- Planning of instructional courses such as Essentials of Effective Teaching, online courses, seminars, and so forth
- Individual assessment of teacher-candidates' content background
- Development of individualized induction plan (IIP) for each teacher-candidate, including scheduling of any required Georgia Special Requirement classes
- 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)
- Completion of required the Professional Services Commission candidate information form.
- Assistance with appropriate path certification applications.
Minimum of One Year of Mentoring/Coaching Internship/Induction to include:
- Intense mentoring and coaching by the CST
- Seminars and/or other professional learning opportunities during the internship.
- 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
- Collection of evidence for electronic achievement portfolio
- Assessment by teacher-candidate's support team, using Danielson's Framework for Teaching
- Recommendation for certification, continuation in the program for a second year, or termination from the program. NOTE: Candidates should allow at least 18 months to complete this program.
- Ensuring all certificate requirements are complete prior to the end of the program, including, but not limited to: edTPA, GACE Content Assessment, GACE360 (ethics exit), and so forth.