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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 the recommendation for state certification.
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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 the recommendation for state certification. The certification-only option is a course of study designed to meet minimum certification requirements and is not a degree program.
Candidates must 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 candidate seeking certification-only in Music must hold a minimum of a master's degree in music from an accredited institution. The music department chair evaluates a candidate's transcript and outlines a program of study necessary for the candidate to be recommended for certification in music (p-12) in the State of Georgia. When appropriate, staff development units, teaching internship, and/or other experiences will be accepted in lieu of the same or similar college courses completed at other institutions.
The applicant's transcript is reviewed by the advisor in the intended field of certification. A proposed program of study is designed to ensure depth in the content field, as well as meeting all requirements prescribed in the field of education, including an apprenticeship or internship.
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 theuniversity apply.
Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education 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 master’s degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA from an accredited college or university is required for Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary, Special Education and Music Education. A minimum of a bachelor degree with a 2.5 cumulative GPA from an accredited college or university is required for certification in Middle Grades Education.
- Graduate Admissions Application
- Official, final transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Two 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.
(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)
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