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 a part of their degree programs.

The new cohort for the Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) will begin on August 8, 2021, with a REQUIRED LIVE Zoom meeting 7:00 PM-8:15 PM.

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).

Admission Requirements

Prior to admission, all applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a PSC-approved accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum GPA (GPA of 2.5-2.99 accepted only with special conditions)


  • 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.


  • Pass the GACE Educator Ethics 360 Assessment

  • Pass the GACE Content Assessment in the candidate’s teaching field

  • Pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment OR provide proof of exemption by having a minimum score through one of the following

    • SAT – minimum 1000 combined Verbal and Math for score reports dated prior to 7/1/19 SAT – minimum 1080 combined Evidence based Reading/Writing and Math for score reports dated on or after 7/1/19

    • ACT – minimum 43 combined English and Math

    • GRE – minimum 1030 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken prior to August 1, 2011 GRE – minimum 297 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken on or after August 1, 2011

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

Holly Mauney

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