Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Georgia


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.gapsc.com/
State information on reciprocity http://www.gapsc.com/MoveToGeorgia/MoveToGeorgia.aspx
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Georgia is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement..
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Georgia requires all applicants to complete a course on the identification and education of children who have special educational needs. Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? Yes. If an out-of-state candidate took a comparable course during his or her teacher preparation program, he or she can submit the course information and have this requirement waived. Out-of-state candidates may qualify for an initial certificate and be eligible to teach prior to completing this requirement. Candidates meeting all of the requirements for a Professional Certificate with the exception of the special education requirement will be issued a Professional Certificate, but must complete the special education requirement as part of the professional learning requirements for renewing or converting their certificate. Source
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Candidates must take an approved content assessment unless they meet one of the following exemptions: 1) have worked full-time in their certificate filed for all of the last five years, 2) were already required to take a content assessment for their out-of-state certificate, 3) hold National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, or 4) are seeking certification in a subject that does not have an approved content assessment. Applicants who have not passed Professional level content assessments might be eligible for an initial three-year Induction Certificate if they pass Induction level content assessments. Subject to some exemptions, out-of-state candidates might also be required to take a Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment and/or a Content Pedagogy assessment (or comparable alternative). Professional certified out-of-state educators with at least one year of teaching experience during their career will not be required to fulfill the requirement for a content pedagogy assessment. GA ADC 505-2-.05
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Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Candidates with comparable professional certificates who have at least three years (within the past five years) of “acceptable” out-of-state teaching experience are eligible for a Professional Certificate. Educators with fewer than three years of acceptable experience may qualify for an initial Induction Certificate. Some assessment requirements are waived for out-of-state candidates with teaching experience. Candidates with five years full-time teaching experience are not required to take a content assessment, and candidates with at least one year of teaching experience are not required to take a content pedagogy assessment (EdTPA, or comparable assessment). GA ADC 505-2-.05
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? Yes. Candidates with comparable professional certificates who have at least three years (within the past five years) of “acceptable” out-of-state teaching experience are eligible for a Professional Certificate. Each acceptable year of out-of-state experience must have been rated “satisfactory” or equivalent on an annual evaluation documents 1) on an experience verification form, 2) on official performance evaluations, or 3) in a letter from an administrator who supervised the educator during the years reported. GA ADC 505-2-.05
GA ADC 505-2-.25
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. Georgia has two main licensure levels: Induction and Professional. Out-of-state applicants with comparable professional certificates based on completion of a state-approved educator preparation program are eligible for Georgia’s Professional Certificate if they meet certain requirements. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? No.

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