Certification for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

All Catoosa County School System teachers, administrators, service personnel, and paraprofessionals are required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, or assignment. The GAPSC establishes regulations and procedures to evaluate the credentials of prospective teachers, as well as other professional employees in the schools, to ensure they meet preparation standards and requirements.

State certification provides a standardized base-level of professional knowledge and skill for educators in public schools. Georgia has many individualized requirements and some common standards that are required for certification. The GAPSC outlines the state certification system in rules and procedures for the Certification of Education Personnel. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and application procedures, please visit the GAPSC website at www.gapsc.com.

The CCPS Human Resources Office will assist in the process of initial certification, renewals, and upgrades but it is the individual's responsibility to meet state requirements for certification.  All certification renewals and conversions of certificates should be processed through CCPS Human Resources.  

Certification Information for Certified Employees

Certified employees new to CCPS are required to file a certification application package upon hiring. The following items are required:

  • Register for a MyPSC account here using your personal email address.

  • GaPSC Application for Certification (this application is used for initial certification & updates to your certification)

  • Verification of Lawful Presence Form (must be notarized)

  • Copy of state or federally issued photo ID

  • CCPS Experience Verification Form from all previous school systems (of applicable)

  • GaPSC Experience Verification Form (if you are reciprocating to Georgia, this experience verification form will need to take the place of the CCPS form)

  • Satisfactory Performance Evaluations - previous 5 years (if applicable/transferring from out of state)

  • Official Transcripts from all colleges/universities where coursework was completed.

  • GACE Assessment Scores or Praxis II Content Assessment scores

  • Out-of-state Professional Certificates and content assessment required for out-of-state professional certificate.

  • Review the GaPSC Code of Ethics for Educators here.

  • Complete Educator Ethics GACE (test code 360) if less than 3 years of successful teaching experience.

It is critical that you complete your certification requirements as soon as possible. Once all required documents are received the Human Resources Office will apply for your certificate. Your certificate and/or letter of requirements will be available through your MyPSC account through the Georgia PSC website and an electronic copy will be sent to Catoosa County School System.  It is important to note that Georgia law requires that teachers in Georgia Public Schools have a certificate issued by the Professional Standards Commission.  State funds are provided to local systems based on the teaching certificate on file.  In view of legal and financial requirements, a teacher must have a valid teaching certificate no later than 60 calendar days following the effective date of employment.  In the event a teaching certificate is not verified within 60 calendar days, an appointment must be scheduled with the Director of Human Resources. 

Certification Information for Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals new to CCPS are required to file a certification application package upon hiring. The following items are required:

  • Register for a MyPSC account here using your personal email address.

  • GaPSC Application for Certification

  • Verification of Lawful Presence Form (must be notarized)

  • Copy of state or federally issued photo ID

  • Official transcripts reflecting 2 years or 60 semester hours of college coursework above the remedial level at a GaPSC accepted accredited institution with a grade "C" or better.

  • OR

  • Hold an associate's degree or higher in any subject from a GaPSC accepted accredited institution.

  • OR

  • Pass the Paraprofessional GACE assessment and hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Register for the Parapro GACE by clicking here

  • Review the GaPSC Code of Ethics for Educators here.

Georgia law requires that paraprofessionals in Georgia Public Schools have a certificate issued by the Professional Standards Commission.  In view of legal and financial requirements, a paraprofessional must have a valid certificate no later than 60 calendar days following the effective date of employment.  In the event a certificate is not verified within 60 calendar days, an appointment must be scheduled with the Director of Human Resources.

Certificate Renewal for CCPS Employees

The state of Georgia mandates that professional education certificates be renewed every five years. Certified employees must complete and individualized Professional Learning Plan or Professional Learning Goal coordinated with supervisor and CCPS.  

The Human Resources Department will notify each certificated employee of the pending expiration of their certificate and requirement for renewal.

For other questions regarding certification, please email Jenifer Adkins at [email protected]

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