Certification

The programs offered by the College of Education at the graduate level are designed to prepare teachers and other school personnel for certification in the State of Georgia. The College of Education, in accordance with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, provides courses for individuals who wish to reinstate expired certificates, add fields, and update certificates. For individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree, initial teaching certification may be obtained through the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program or similar non-degree graduate programs of study, except for the fields of Early Childhood Education (grades P-5), Health and Physical Education (grades P-12), or Music Education (grades P-12) which must be completed at the undergraduate level.

All College of Education candidates completing programs that qualify and plan to seek initial certification in Georgia must file an application for an induction certificate. This will include opening a MyPSC account with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and claiming Georgia Southern University as the program provider. The applications for initial certification along with the verification of legal presence (forms are available at www.gapsc.com) will be filed through the College of Education Certification Officer, Ms. Christina Thompson, 912-478-0698 or cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu. The Certification Officer will also verify program completion to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

College of Education candidates, who are employed as educators in the State of Georgia, will complete the application process through their local units of administration (LUA). Program completion will be verified to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission through the College of Education Certification Officer, Ms. Christina Thompson, 912-478-0698 or cjthomp@georgiasouthern.edu