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Admission to Teacher Preparation and Non-Teacher Preparation Programs
Each teacher education program has a “2999” course (ACED 2999, ARED 2999, DEAF 2999, ECED 2999, ECSE 2999, FLED 2999, KSPE 2999, MGED 2999, SEED 2999, and SPEC 2999). The title of this course is “Entry to the Education Profession.” The “2999” course is required of all teacher education majors as well as certification students; the course is a prerequisite to the professional education course work in all teacher education programs. Students should enroll in the appropriate “2999” course the semester following the successful completion of 45 hours. Students should continue to enroll in the appropriate “2999” course each semester until an “S” grade is achieved. The following requirements must be met for students to earn a grade of "S" in "2999":
- be admitted to Teacher Education in the current major.
- hold a valid GaPSC Pre-service Certificate.
- have earned a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102; credit by exam assumes a grade of "C" or higher.
- maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.75.
- maintain professional liability insurance.
- meet all LiveText requirements.
Admission to Teacher Education and satisfactory completion of the appropriate "2999" course for the major are required to enroll in professional education courses. Transfer students who have been admitted to Teacher Education and hold a valid GaPSC Pre-service Certificate will be granted a one-semester waiver to take "2999" concurrently with professional education courses. Students are required to maintain an overall 2.75 GPA in order initially to enroll in professional education courses and continue to progress through the professional program.
Progression/Retention in Professional P-12 Education Programs
Education majors are required to earn minimum grades of “C” in all professional education courses, in all courses in Area F of the Core Curriculum, and in those courses required in the major. Students must also maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA, update criminal background checks as requested, and assure professional liability insurance is current. Student progress will be monitored through (a) GPA, (b) observations, (c) faculty’s and public school teachers’ documented feedback, and (d) demonstration of appropriate dispositions. The status of students enrolled in these courses is monitored by the COEHS Advising Center to ensure that all requirements for program retention have been maintained. Students who do not maintain these requirements will be prevented from continuing in professional education course work, may be placed on a Professional Improvement Plan, and may be dismissed from the program.
Certification-Only Programs and Requirements
Graduate Programs by Department
Frequently Asked Advising Questions
General Certification Information
Frequently Asked Certification Questions
Field Experience and Clinical Practice
Field Experience/Practicum Information
The clinical practice requirements are: (1) pass or exempt GACE Program Admission Assessment; (2) overall GPA of at least 2.75; (3) completion of all coursework; (4) a grade of “C” or higher in all Area F courses, all professional education courses, and all major courses; (5) completion of criminal background check; and (6) current liability insurance. Except for Special Education majors, students are not permitted to take any coursework concurrently with clinical practice except the student teaching seminar.
Initial Teacher Georgia Certification
The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires applicants seeking initial certification to demonstrate proficiency in their certification area by passing the content tests appropriate to their program of study. These certification tests are the GACE Content Assessments (for Communication Disorders majors, the Praxis II Assessment), and registration applications are available online at http://gace.ets.org (for Praxis II, the website is www.ets.org). The Georgia Professional Standards Commission also requires applicants seeking initial certification to pass the state approved performance-based effectiveness assessment (edTPA) and pass the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Exit.
A passing score must be obtained on all of these assessments before a candidate may be recommended to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for a certificate of eligibility or induction certificate. The GACE Program Admission Assessment (or exemption) and Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment - Entry are also required for certification, but it is met through the admission requirements for Teacher Education.
Graduate Graduation Requirements
Office of Professional Education Services
- 1500 N. Patterson St. Valdosta, Georgia 31698
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
- Phone: 229.333.5925