Georgia Teacher Certification
Routes to Certification
Traditional Routes - Obtaining a Georgia
certificate by completing a state-approved educator
preparation program, usually at a college or
This process could include earning a college
degree along with the state certificate, or
you might complete the requirements just for
a certificate after you have already finished
your degree. In addition, educators who move
to Georgia with an out-of-state certificate
must meet Georgia's certification requirements
through reciprocity procedures. For the most
part, the traditional initial programs are completed
prior to employment in a public school and lead
directly to Georgia's Clear Renewable Certificate.
Alternative Routes - Obtaining a Georgia
certificate while you work as an educator.
Designed for "career switchers" who
already hold degrees and have various life experiences,
as well as former educators with expired or
invalid certificates who wish to return to the
classroom. These routes are not limited to,
but are of particular importance when completed
in high need, shortage fields such as math,
science, foreign language and special education.
Initial eligibility requirements lead to a Non-Renewable
Certificate and remaining requirements are completed
while the individual is serving as an educator
in a Georgia public school. Upon completion
of this route, theClear Renewable Certificate
International Exchange Teacher Route
- Obtaining a Georgia certificate based on your
teacher certification in another country.
International exchange certificates may be awarded
to teachers certified in their native country
who are not U.S. citizens but who wish to come
to Georgia and teach for up to three years.
Permit Route - Obtaining a Georgia permit
to teach in special restricted circumstances.
Permits allow performing artists, retired teachers
and native foreign language speakers to teach
in Georgia classrooms and selected business/professional
leaders to serve in Superintendent positions
based on their rich expertise.
Each route is designed to combine high standards
with flexibility to bring quality teachers into
the classroom. While each route has a unique
set of eligibility requirements and different
ways to achieve certification, the standards
and requirements for the Clear Renewable Certificate
are the same regardless of the route chosen.