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7f. Professional Ethical Standards and Requirements for Certification and Employment

Ethics

The Division of Education’s admission materials regarding admittance to the Division of Education programs state that prior to admission, candidates must pass a criminal background check.  A teacher candidate is not admitted if they are not cleared.  The prospective candidate must take a prerequisite course, EDU200 Introduction to Education, in which they learn about the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Code of Ethics and must sign a form indicating that they have read it and will adhere to it. Transfer candidates must also take this class or meet the course requirement through an equivalent transfer credit.

Throughout their education program, the teacher candidate reviews the Georgia PSC Code of Ethics in their field experience and clinical courses. During EDU300, the teacher candidate investigates dimensions of teacher professionalism, defines teacher professionalism, and considers artifacts that would be pertinent to include in the Professionalism section of their electronic portfolio (E-Folio). Teacher candidate professional dispositions are reviewed in every teacher education course and assessed with the Core Professional Dispositions Student Assessment at the end of each semester. Professional Development Plans are written for a teacher candidate when improvement is necessary.

Certification

Information regarding the requirements for recommendation of certification from the Division of Education is introduced in EDU200 Introduction to Education and in the new student orientation that is conducted at the beginning of each semester.  The student teacher receives the application for Georgia teacher certification during their Student Teaching Seminar, as well as information regarding the certification process in Georgia, seeking certification in other states, and employment opportunities.  The Student Teaching Handbook outlines requirements for recommendation of certification from the Division of Education.  Requirements for certification recommendation are found in the chart titled Requirements for Recommendation for Certification.

The Program Completer Form - Information for teacher certification states that all requirements have been completed, and must be signed by the candidate’s advisor prior to recommendation of certification. When this form is signed, the teacher candidate receives clearance for recommendation for certification by the teacher candidate’s advisor and an authorized recommendation for certification from the Division of Education, Chair.

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