The new cohort for the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) will begin in August. GaTAPP is an alternative option for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institute, but who did not complete teacher education preparation requirements as part of their degree programs. 

Georgia Teacher Academy Preparation and Pedagogy

GaTAPP is a non-traditional educator preparation program leading to a clear renewable certificate for general and special education teachers or a technical specialist certificate for the Career, Technical and Agricultural teacher.   Candidates for a clear renewable certificate must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates for the technical specialist certificate may be eligible based on a combination of occupational experience, industry licensing and assessments, and formal study (a minimum of an associate’s degree).

Program Admissions
  • All Candidates must pass the Educator Ethics 360 (test 360)- Assessment prior to admission (this is a recent change in testing made by GaPSC). You will receive an email giving you access to the Ethics Assessment after you complete or update your MyPSC account and enter your reason for testing on the GaPSC website,
  • Candidates must pass the GACE Program Admission Test prior to acceptance or provide proof of exemption through one of the following:
    Having the required minimum SAT®, ACT®, or GRE® score. Actual scores, not exemption codes, are required.  Due to COVID19 cancellations of some testing dates, candidates may be admitted provisionally until testing resumes.  Candidates who wish to be considered for provisional admission should contact Holly Mauney,  Any candidate admitted provisionally must take and pass the Program Admissions Assessment by December 2020.
  • Minimum GPA – 3.0  (GPA of 2.5 – 2.99 accepted only with special conditions)
  • SAT® – 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math if exam taken July 1, 2019 or earlier.  SAT®  – 1080 combined verbal/critical reading and math if exam taken after July 1, 2019.
    • Only scores from the official SAT® (English version) can be considered.
    • For recentering SAT® scores prior to April, 1995, click here.
    • To obtain your SAT® scores by mail: Download the request form (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) and mail to: SAT Program, P.O. Box 8057, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. By phone: For an additional fee of $10, you can call 866-756-7346 to order archived reports.
  • ACT® – 43 on English and Math
    • For recentering ACT® scores prior to October 28, 1989, click here (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).
    • If you took the ACT® before September, 2006, request your scores in one of three ways for $17 – By phone: Call the ACT® help desk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm CT. For an extra $12, they can prioritize your search and get the scores to you faster. Online: Request your scores online if you know your test date. By mail: Write a letter with the following info: name, Social Security number, date of birth, test date, where you want scores sent, current address, phone number, check or money order for total cost payable to ACT Records. The request should be mailed to: ACT Records, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA. 52243-0451.
  • GRE® -The GRE® was revised in August, 2011, and the scoring format has changed. Following are the required converted scores to exempt the GACE Program Admission Requirement:
    • If tested with the old GRE® format (before August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
    • If tested with the new GRE® format (on or after August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
    • For more information on GRE® click here .
    • You can view your scores online free of charge. You will need to create or have a My GRE Account to use this service.


  • All Candidates must pass the GACE content exam in their teaching field prior to acceptance.
  • TAPP is a job-embedded clinical practice based on twenty-four (24) teaching competencies.
  • GaTAPP candidates must be employed by a regionally accredited local unit of administration (school district or private school), a charter school approved by theGeorgia State Charter School Commission, or a charter school approved by the Georgia Department of Education as a classroom teacher full-time or part-time for at least a half day.
  • Candidates must complete the program application and submit all relevant transcripts.
GATAPP Framework:
  • Individual program requirements are based on candidate performance assessment data.
  • Candidates are supervised and coached by a Candidate Support Team (school-based administrator, school-based mentor, RESA supervisor, content specialist – may be mentor).
  • TAPP is a job-embedded clinical practice based on twenty-four (24) teaching competencies.
  • Candidates must provide evidence of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required in the 24 teaching competencies in order to complete the program.
GaTAPP Timeframe:
  • Pioneer RESA only accepts candidates prior to or at the beginning of each school year.
  • At least one academic school year (two semesters which must include the beginning of a school year)
  • No more than three years from date of entry
GATAPP Designed for:
  • Wish to transition into teaching from another career path;
  • Did not complete a teacher education program;
  • Have never held a clear renewable teaching certificate; and
  • Have secured a teaching position with a Georgia accredited school system .

Holly Mauney

Director of Professional Learning
706-865-2141 ext. 229