Which Schools Offer Teaching Certification Programs in Georgia?

Find schools in Georgia offering teacher certification programs. Learn about state requirements and get career and salary info for teachers living in Georgia. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

A number of bachelor's and master's degree programs are available to students in Georgia interested in becoming certified as a teacher. Generally speaking, a bachelor's degree in education takes four years to complete and a master's degree in the field requires one to two years of full-time study. All education programs in Georgia are offered by four-year, public schools. Admission requirements may include a criminal background check, liability insurance, a minimum GPA, and/or a basic skills test. Master's degree programs require that students hold a baccalaureate degree in a subject area related to teaching.


Teacher Certification Bachelor's Degree Programs in Georgia

Armstrong Atlantic State University

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Early childhood education, special education, middle grades education, and health & physical education
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time
  • Tuition: $2,256 per semester, in-state; $8,208 per semester, out-of-state (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics, English composition, issues in education, socio-cultural diversity in education, learning methods, and technology for teachers, all with a 'C' or better.
  • Admission Requirements: 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA), passing score on GACE Basic Skills exam or exemption from GACE Basic Skills based on SAT or ACT scores, initial disposition assessments, criminal background check or employment verification form, professional tort liability insurance
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 7,500 students (about 6,800 undergraduate)
  • Address: University Hall 269 or 201, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419
  • Phone: (912) 344-2564 or (912) 344-2562

The Departments of Early Childhood and Exceptional Student Education and Adolescent and Adult Education in Armstrong Atlantic's College of Education offer several programs that lead to teacher certification. You'll study the theory of education and take courses specific to the students you want to teach. You'll gain many hours of experience during supervised student teaching in real classrooms. While not offered through the College of Education, the Bachelor of Science in Art Education or Bachelor of Music Education degree programs will prepare you for teacher certification those areas. If you earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Biology or Bachelor of Arts in History, you may qualify for certification with additional education courses. You can also seek post-baccalaureate certification with a Bachelor of Arts in English or Spanish.

Gordon College

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Program Length: 4 years full-time
  • Tuition: $1,423 per semester, in-state; $5,257 per semester, out-of-state (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education with GPA of at least 2.75
  • Admission Requirements: Passing score on PRAXIS I or GACE (Basic Skills Assessment) or ACT, SAT, or GRE exemption, letters of recommendation, criminal background check
  • School Type: 4-year, primarily associate's, public; approximately 4,700 students (all undergraduate)
  • Address: Russell Hall 104E, 419 College Drive, Barnesville, GA 30204
  • Phone: (678) 359-5468

Completing Gordon College's bachelor's degree program in early childhood education qualifies you to teach special and general education students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Courses include reading, math, science, art, and teaching methods. Gordon also offers Bachelor of Science degrees in biology or mathematics and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English or history to students who want to teach these subjects at the secondary school level. You'll major in the subject area and take additional courses in education. All teacher certification candidates must complete at least 900 hours of field experience including student teaching and clinical experiences in a variety of situations.

University of Georgia

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Specializations: Special education, early childhood education, middle school education, social studies education, English education, English for speakers of other languages & world language education, mathematics education, science education
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $3,823 per semester, in-state; $12,928 per semester, out-of-state (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Depends on specialty
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 35,000 students (about 26,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: G-3 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602
  • Phone: (706) 542-6446

You can qualify for teacher certification through more than a dozen degree programs offered by the University of Georgia's College of Education. Admission requirements vary, depending on what specialty you pursue, and most degrees leading to certification are labeled as 'high demand', which means admission requirements are tougher than in some other fields. For instance, early childhood education students must show extensive volunteer work in public schools prior to applying. Most courses are offered on campus, but you can earn a degree in special education through online classes. In all programs, you must complete field experiences working with students in schools.


Teacher Certification Master's Degree Programs in Georgia

Armstrong Atlantic State University

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specializations: Early childhood education, special education, middle grades education
  • Program Length: 33 credit hours (roughly 1 year full time)
  • Tuition: $2,332 per semester, in-state; $8,671 per semester, out-of-state (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited school
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 7,500 students (about 6,800 undergraduate)
  • Address: University Hall 269 or 201, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419
  • Phone: (912) 344-2564 or (912) 344-2562

The Master of Arts in Teaching program is for students who already hold bachelor's or master's degrees in other fields but want to make a career change to teaching. Teachers certified in other areas may also pursue this degree to earn additional certifications. You'll study subject appropriate to the field and spend your final semester in a supervised internship at a real school. Most courses are on campus, but a few are offered online.

University of Georgia

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specializations: Special education, early childhood education, middle school education, social studies education, English education, English for speakers of other languages and world language education, mathematics education, science education
  • Program Length: Roughly 2 years full time (varies by specialty)
  • Tuition: $4,239 per semester, in-state; $11,575 per semester, out-of-state (2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, other requirements vary by specialty
  • Admission Requirements: GRE score of at least 850, with a minimum score of 400 on each of the verbal and quantitative subtests or a Miller Analogies Test score of at least 402.
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 35,000 students (about 26,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: G-3 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602
  • Phone: (706) 542-6446

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree program allows individuals with degrees in subjects other than education to qualify for teacher certification in Georgia. Your undergraduate degree can be in any subject for prekindergarten through middle grades certification, but if you want certification in a field such as social studies, the College of Education prefers that your degree be in that field or a related area. You can complete most programs at your own pace by taking classes on a full- or part-time basis.

University of West Georgia

  • Program Name: Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Specializations: Biology, broad field science, business education, chemistry, earth science, economics, English, history, mathematics, physics, political science
  • Program Length: 33 credit hours (about 1 year full time)
  • Tuition: $3,097 per semester, in-state; $9,610 per semester, out-of-state (includes all fees, 2012-2013)
  • Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree in one of the specialization fields listed above or an approved field
  • Admission Requirements: Pass or exempt the GACE Basic Skills exam and the GACE content exam, undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7
  • School Type: 4-year, public; approximately 12,000 students (10,000 undergraduate)
  • Address: 1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, GA 30118
  • Phone: (678) 839-6530

The University of West Georgia offers a Master of Arts in Teaching to career changers who already hold bachelor's degrees in approved fields. Classes are taught both online and at the Douglasville and Carrollton campuses. You'll take courses in educational theory and teaching methods, as well as completing a student teaching internship. If you already have a degree and would like to teach, but don't desire to earn a master's, the University of West Georgia offers initial certification programs in early childhood education, middle grades education, secondary education, art education, music education, business education, and foreign language education.


Georgia Teacher Certification Requirements

Before reading about the schools that offer teacher certification programs, you'll need to find out Georgia's requirements. The Georgia Professional Standards Commission certifies all public school teachers working in Georgia. You must complete an accredited teacher certification program, such as a qualifying bachelor's or master's degree program, and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) evaluation before you can receive certification. The GACE exams consist of a basic skills assessment, which measures basic knowledge in reading, writing, and math, and a content assessment exam, which evaluates your knowledge in a particular area, such as mathematics and science in special education, American Sign Language, or the middle grades. After completing these requirements, you'll receive your Georgia teaching certificate, which is valid for five years.

Job Outlook and Salary for Teachers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expected employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and special education teachers to grow by 17% nationwide from 2010-2020, while it predicted employment of high school teachers would increase by 7%. However, according to the BLS, Georgia teachers might see better job opportunities, since population growth in the southern U.S. could lead to increased school enrollments and a need for more teachers.

In May 2011, the BLS reported that kindergarten teachers in Georgia made an annual mean wage of about $51,000, while elementary, middle, and high school teachers made an annual mean wage of about $54,000. The BLS said special education teachers in Georgia preschool, kindergarten, and elementary schools made an annual mean wage of approximately $53,000.

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