FOR STUDENTS COMPLETING A CERTIFICATION-ONLY
PROGRAM (NO DEGREE).

In Summary, this is what you will be doing:

  1. Set up a MyPSC account with the PSC if you have not already done so.

  2. Fill out the Georgia Application for Certification.

  3. If you passed any of the Praxis tests - attach a copy of your Praxis I and/or Praxis II score report.
    If you passed any of the GACE tests - you do not need to attach a copy of your score report. The PSC already has these on file.
    If you EXEMPTED the Basic Skills test - attach a document copy showing the valid scores used to exempt the Basic Skills test, such as SAT, ACT or GRE scores. These do not need to be official documents.

  4. Attach official transcripts from every school that you attended before Piedmont. We will not process your application until all transcripts have been received. (Note: these transcripts may not be released from your Piedmont Admissions File. New ones must be obtained). However, if you are currently teaching with a non-renewable or provisional certificate you do not need to supply transcripts.

  5. Fax, mail or drop off your application and transcripts to the Certification Officer at Piedmont.
    (See the Home Page of this website for contact information).

  6. Contact your Piedmont advisor and ask them to submit a "Non-degree Program Completion Form" to the Certification Official.

ATTENTION: IF YOU DID NOT TAKE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES AT PIEDMONT, YOU MUST PROVIDE PIEDMONT'S CERTIFICATION OFFICIAL WITH DOCUMENTATION THAT YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE REQUIREMENTS. THIS COULD BE A STAFF DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE OR A TRANSCRIPT (UNOFFICIAL) FROM ANOTHER INSTITUTION.

EDUC 355 or 655: Education of Exceptional Children
EDUC 250 or 601 or 702: Integrating Technology into the Classroom


Step 1: Set up a MyPSC account via the PSC website:

A MyPSC account MUST be created by anyone who has taken the GACE. To view or print your certificate, or to read correspondence from the PSC, you must log in to you’re MyPSC account. The PSC will notify you via email when new correspondence has been posted, including when your certificate has been issued. Everyone will need to take a few minutes to create his or her account. If you have not yet taken a GACE test or had contact with the PSC you will need to set up your account after your certificate application has been submitted and the PSC has notified you via email.

You must have your PSC ID number to create and log in to your account. Your six-digit number is printed on correspondence from PSC as well as your GACE test results. If you do not know your six digit number then go to the PSC home page, click on the blue button “Check Certification Status”, and search for your name. Your number will show at the top of the page with your information


Step 2: Print forms:


Step 3. Complete the Application:

Item 1:
Use ALL CAPS in the top portion and BLACK INK throughout the form. Be neat! These forms are scanned and will be rejected if not complete or clearly written.

List your name as you want it to appear on your certificate. If you will have a name change in the immediate future, or now have a different name than when you took your certification tests, use your new name. The address you list will be the address that your teaching certificate is mailed to. Put down a stable address where you can get your mail, even if it is not where you live now.

Item 2:
If you are already teaching with a non-renewable certificate put down the name of your school district (not your school name). This would be the district that you have a contract with at the time of your graduation.

Item 3:
A. Bubble in the fourth item down: “Clear Renewable Certificate ” unless you already have a non-renewable certificate, and then bubble in 6th item “Convert Non-Renewable Certificate to Clear Renewable Status ”.

B. List your teaching field on the blank line. Include your concentration if you are getting Secondary or Middle Grades. (i.e. Secondary - English)

C. Leave the “Fee submitted” blank.

Page 2: Put your name and social security # at the top of page 2.

Academic Record:
List each college you have attended, even if you just took one course there. Beside the college name put the approximate dates you attended (i.e. Jan 2000—May 2001) and then the degree you received. Beside Piedmont College your degree will be “N/A”.


PSC needs official transcripts from all the schools you attended. If you already have a non-renewable certificate then PSC will have all your transcripts except Piedmont . Put a √ in the column if these are already “On File”. If you have never submitted transcripts to PSC then put a √ in the column for “Transcript Attached”. In this case you will need to provide an official copy of transcripts for all schools attended other than Piedmont. We will get and attach your official Piedmont transcript.

Academic Record Example
College, State
Dates Attended
Degree Earned
Check One
Tran On File
Tran Attached
Tran Being Sent
University of GA 8/1994-5/1995 B.A.
Piedmont College 8/2000-5/2004 N/A


Certification Record:
Fill in the Certification Record information if applicable. This is for certifications from other states.

Answer the next three questions: If you hold a non-renewable, which you should if you are reading this, check “Yes” and write “Non-Renewable” off to the side. The NBPTS stands for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Your answer to this will probably bo "No".

Assessment Record:
List on the first row your Praxis I or GACE Basic Skills tests. If you have alternative test scores, such as SAT's or ACT's, instead of Praxis I or GACE Basic Skills, write the word "EXEMPT" on the row for the test and in the box under "Date Passed". On the next row list your Praxis II or GACE II test field and the last date you passed both part of the content tests. Scores for both tests should already be on file with the PSC. Under "Copy Attached" write the words "On File".

Assessment Record Example
State / Jurisdiction
Content / Subject Assessment
Date Passed
Copy Attached
Copy Being Sent
Georgia GACE I Basic Skills Test Exempt
Georgia GACE II Early Childhood 11/18/2006
On File

Page 3: Put your name and social security # at the top of page 3.

 

Personal Affirmation:

What you indicate on this form must match any background check performed. You must be honest or PSC will NOT issue your certificate. Follow the instructions on the form carefully. Bubble in the appropriate answers. Don't forget to sign the form. The signature date cannot be more than 80 days prior to your graduation date.

Please call either the School of Education Dean or the Education Certification Officer at Piedmont if you have questions or concerns about your Personal Affirmation. We would be happy to discuss with you privately any concerns you have. If you check "Yes" for one of the questions then you can expect that your application will take much longer to be processed by PSC.

Sign and date the bottom of the form. Be sure you do not sign the form more than 80 days prior to the end of your final semester .


Step 4: Submit your Application:

  1. Attach any official transcripts required. We will not process your application until all necessary transcripts have been received. (Note: these transcripts may not be released from your Piedmont Admissions File. New ones must be obtained).

  2. Fax, mail or drop off your application and documents to the Certification Officer at Piedmont.
    (See the Home Page of this website for contact information). (Official transcripts cannot be faxed.)

  3. If you are currently teaching with a non-renewable then be sure to visit your school district HR office and ask them to submit the "Employer Assurance Form".

Please Note: If you are already teaching with a non-renewable certificate your employer may want to process your entire application themselves. In this case you will need to request your official Piedmont transcript yourself AND notify me that you require a Program Recommendation. I submit the Recommendation form electronically.