Teaching Degrees in Georgia

Anyone who plans to earn a teaching degree in Georgia and/or wishes to teach in the Georgia public school system needs to know some important information about:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Georgia teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Georgia.

Teaching Degrees in Georgia

The state of Georgia has 31 public colleges and universities, most of which offer teaching degrees. The National Center for Education Statistics states that 43.4 percent of Georgia teachers have their master’s degrees. This number is a bit lower than the national average of 44.5 percent. A master’s degree in education provides a Georgia teacher with a larger pool of knowledge from which to draw. It also ensures improved job security and a higher salary. For example, a teacher with a master’s degree who teaches in the Atlanta Public School system earns $4,000 to $6,000 more than a teacher with a bachelor’s degree with comparable experience.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Georgia

There are a variety of scholarships and grants to help with the cost of earning a teaching degree in Georgia. Some examples are:

Charles McDaniel Teacher Scholarship
Created in memory of a former state superintendent of schools, the Charles McDaniel Teacher Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for outstanding Georgia college juniors and seniors working toward a teaching degree at a Georgia public college.

GAE Grants and Scholarships
The Georgia Association of Educators offers eight different scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees at all levels.

Geiger Ellis Student Teaching Award
Awarded by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, this $1,000 scholarship goes to a student who will be student teaching in English/Language Arts, grades K–12, through a Georgia college or university.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Scholarships
This scholarship program provides tuition assistance and support for Georgia’s early care and education professionals pursuing post – secondary credentials or degrees in early childhood education or child development.

Georgia Southern University Scholarships
Georgia Southern University’s College of Education offers five scholarships are to graduate students.

Georgia State University Scholarships
Georgia State University offers several scholarships to education majors focusing on special education and early childhood education.

PAGE Marcia T. Clanton Future Educator Scholarship
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators awards this scholarship to a senior at Putnam County High School or a high school of the

PROMISE Teacher Scholarships
Created to attract more teachers to Georgia’s classrooms, the PROMISE Scholarship program awards hundreds of scholarships to undergraduate juniors and senior.

Georgia Teacher Certification

Teachers who wish to work in the Georgia public school systems must be state certified.
There are three minimum requirements for achieving certification in Georgia:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
  • Completion of an educator preparation program
  • Passing the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators, a knowledge and skills assessment
  • Fingerprinting through the Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are several types of teacher certifications in Georgia:

Clear renewable certificate is the current full, renewable teaching license in Georgia and is valid for five years. As of August 2014, a new teacher in Georgia will have an induction certificate that lasts for three years before being able to acquire a professional certificate.

Professional certificate will be the full, renewable teaching license (as of August 2014) that will be valid for five years once a teacher has met all of the requirements of a three-year induction period and certificate.

Non-renewable certificate is a provisional certificate that allows someone who does not hold a clear renewable certificate to begin teaching while he/she completes certification requirements within a three-year period. Beginning August 2014, non-renewable certificates will also become induction certificates.

In order to renew a Georgia teaching certification, all educators must meet certain requirements. These requirements are called Professional Learning Units (PLU’s) and are intended to promote professional development and the continuing education needed as part of the certification renewal process.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Georgia

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Georgia.

Georgia Association of Educators
A professional organization for teachers, administrators, and associated educational personnel within Georgia’s public schools. GAE is an affiliate of the National Education Association.

Georgia Department of Education
Provides a wealth of valuable information for students, parents and teachers.

Georgia Department of Labor
A good website for employment information in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
This website has comprehensive information about Georgia’s teaching certification requirements.

Professional Association of Georgia Educators
With more than 84,000 educators, administrators and school support personnel,PAGE is Georgia’s largest organization for professional educators.

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