Augusta University is pleased to offer several high-rated degree programs for certification.
Teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel must be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (Ga PSC) to be employed in elementary, middle and secondary public schools. Private schools may also require certification for employment. The GaPSC validates certification through successful certification program completion through a university degree program and the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE) test.
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Augusta University offers the following programs that lead to initial certification:
Under the new Tiered Certification structure, employment is now required for initial certification.
A Certificate of Eligibility will be received by applicants who have met all certification requirements except for employment as an educator. The GaPSC will also furnish candidates with a Requirements Letter, verifying all outstanding certification requirements. This certificate will be valid for five years but may be converted as soon as the holder is hired and submits a new application to the GaPSC.
The GACE content area exam must be completed at either the Induction or Professional level (click here for GACE information).
As of January 1, 2015, successful completion of the Educator Ethics Assessment will be a requirement of initial certification.
As of September 1, 2015, successful completion of the content pedagogy assessment (edTPA) will be required for initial certification.
US citizens will only need to provide a Lawful Presence Verification once. Any applicant not a US citizen must submit this form with each certificate application.
Important Facts to Know
STEP ONECreate a MyPSC account You must have a "MyPSC" account before you can register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment or the GACE Content Assessment. Pay particular attention to the section 'Information About Your Name'. Once you have reviewed the account requirements, access https://mypsc.gapsc.org/ and click the Register link.
STEP TWOCreate a My GACE account You will register to test through your ETS GACE testing account. Your test scores will also be made available to you on this account. When creating your account, you will need to provide your GA CERT ID and your name exactly as they appear on your established MyPSC account.
STEP THREEGet Permission to take GACE
Undergraduate education students will be given permission to register for the GACE Content Assessment the term prior to student teaching. There is no expiration date for the GACE Content Assessment permission.
MAT program may require both GACE Programs Admissions Assessment and GACE Content Area Completion prior to admissions. No permissions are required before candidates are accepted. Once enrolled in the MAT program, permissions will be needed.
GACE Program Admission Assessment: Permission is Not required for the GACE Program Admission Assessment.
STEP FOUR Register for GACE online. If you get stuck, detailed registration steps are available at http://gace.ets.org/register/steps.
Contact ETS with any concerns: