Teacher Candidate Testing
Listed below are the requirements for testing. Please note: “GACE” is an acronym for the “Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators.”
GACE Program Admission Assessment (formerly known as GACE Basic Skills Assessment)
Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment are required for entry into any educator preparation program at Valdosta State University. Candidates may present proof of exemption in lieu of taking and passing the Program Admission Assessment. Information regarding exemption methods is provided at this link: http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/Assessment/BasicSkillsInfo.aspx.
For candidates completing the M.Ed. in Communication Disorders that leads to certification in the field of Speech and Language Pathology, Praxis II is the required content assessment. A passing score of 600 is required to be eligible for certification through Valdosta State University. All candidates must attempt the Praxis II content assessment prior to the end of their off-campus clinical experiences (i.e., Applied Practicum in the Public School or Externship in Communication Disorders). Information about the Praxis II can be located at: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register.
GACE Content Assessment
For candidates in educator preparation programs other than Communication Disorders, the GACE Content Assessment is the required content assessment. Passing scores on the aligned GACE Content Assessment (all tests required for the program completed) are required to be eligible for certification through Valdosta State University. All candidates must attempt the aligned GACE Content Assessment (all tests required for the program in which each candidate is enrolled) prior to the end of their clinical practice experience (i.e., student teaching or internship).
The passing score for all GACE content tests at the induction level is 220; a score of 250 or higher denotes passing at the professional level. Candidates will be eligible for certification recommendation upon passing at either level (induction or professional).
Detailed information about the GACE Content Assessments and Tests can be found at http://gace.ets.org/about/assessments.