Graduation and Certification
To successfully complete one of the teacher education certification programs (Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades, Middle Grade Post Baccalaureate, Secondary English, Secondary Mathematics, Secondary English Post Baccalaureate, or Secondary Mathematics Post Baccalaureate) the teacher candidate must complete the following:
- Passing scores on appropriate GACE Content State Licensure Examination prior to graduation. The GACE certification exam must be taken and passing scores documented prior to or during the teacher candidate’s student teaching semester in order to be considered a Program Completer.
- Passing the GACE content assessment in the candidate’s primary area of certification is required to graduate from the program.
Intent to Graduate Application
Program exit begins when the teacher candidate applies for graduation and certification.
In consultation with the candidate’s faculty advisor, the candidate completes and submits the Intent to Graduate Application. After the candidate applies for graduation, the Registrar’s Office conducts a graduation Degree Audit Report and certifies that the candidate has completed all requirements of the approved teacher education program, including passing the appropriate GACE Content State Licensure Examination, and is considered ready for graduation.
The Registrar issues a list of all program completers to the Coordinator of Placement and Internships, who uses the list to complete the paperwork required for recommending a teacher candidate for the appropriate Georgia certification.
Recommendation for Certification
The final step in the program exit process requires the teacher candidate to complete the Georgia PSC Certification Application and return it to the Coordinator of Placement and Internships. The Coordinator of Placement and Internships completes the Georgia PSC Approved Program Recommendation Form, selecting the appropriate certification decision. The unit’s Certification Officer reviews each Georgia PSC Approved Program Recommendation Form and accompanying certification application and signs certifying the applicants recommended certification status.