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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 pass the 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 for the teacher candidate 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.Visit  for more information.

  • Early Childhood Education: Test Codes 001 and 002 (both are required)
  • Middle Grades Education: (One test is required for your primary area of concentration)
  •       Middle Grades Language Arts Test Code 011,
  •       Middle Grades Mathematics Test Code 013,
  •       Middle Grades Science Test Code 014,
  •       Middle Grades Social Studies Test Code 015
  • Secondary English Test Codes 020 and 021 (both are required)
  • Secondary Mathematics Test Codes 022 and 023 (both are required)

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 Field Experiences and Assessment, 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 Applicationand return it to the Coordinator of Field Experiences and Assessment.  The Coordinator of Field Experiences and Assessment 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.


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