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. Note: It is the students’ responsibility to confirm that their academic plans meet current certificate requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

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 candidates MyPSC account or through the candidates Board of Education. The Certification Officer will 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 for certification 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