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:

  • PSC Application for Certification
  • Verification of Lawful Presence Form (must be notarized)
  • Copy of state or federally issued photo ID
  • Experience Verification forms from all previous school systems (of applicable)
  • Satisfactory Performance Evaluations - previous 5 years (if applicable/transferring from out of state)
  • Official Transcripts of 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 at https://www.gapsc.com/ethics/home.aspx

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.


Certification Information for Paraprofessionals

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


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.

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