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Individuals who do not wish to work toward another degree may opt to complete course work and experiential requirements to qualify for recommendation for state certification in middle grades education.
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Individuals who do not wish to work toward another degree may opt to complete course work and experiential requirements to qualify for recommendation for state certification in middle grades education. The certification-only option is a course of study designed to meet minimum certification requirements and is not a degree program.
A candidate seeking Middle Grades Certification-only (4-8) must hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a PSC-accepted accredited institution.
The applicant's transcript is reviewed by the faculty advisor who will assist in developing a course of study. The course of study is designed to ensure depth in the field of concentration, as well as meeting all requirements prescribed by the College of Education, including student teaching.
The proposed course of study is reviewed by the department chair and, if approved, serves as the advisement sheet for that candidate. All other procedures and requirements of the College of Education and the college apply.
Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education, complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content exams in their chosen content field. Completion of this course of study does not lead to a degree in education.
A minimum of a bachelor degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited college or university is required for certification in Middle Grades Education.
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Official, final transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Three Professional References
- Personal Affirmation Form
- If you are a returning BA or MA Educational Studies graduate from Piedmont University, you may return within five years as a certification only student. A prerequisite for admission as a certification-only student is successful completion of the appropriate GACE content tests.
- GACE PAA passing score
(If you currently hold a professional teacher certification and want to add another certification, you may apply for the Certification Only program with only a BA degree)