Best fit for:
individuals whose prior advanced degree (master’s or above) is not in education. It is also offered to candidates with an undergraduate degree in education that did not lead to certification.
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The Elementary Education department chair approves certification-only courses, based on a transcript analysis, to meet minimum state certification requirements. Certification-only is not a degree program. All other procedures and requirements of the college and the College of Education apply.
Candidates must apply for and be admitted to Teacher Education at the beginning of the program. To complete Elementary Education certification requirements, candidates must pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) content examinations and complete the Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
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 a regionally 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 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.
(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)
FAQs for Elementary Education
You should already hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution in any field other than elementary education OR an undergraduate degree in education.
Graduate and specialist degrees cost $580/credit hour (so a 3 credit hour course costs about $1740).
The length of time required to complete the Certification Only option at Piedmont varies. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at Piedmont, unless otherwise approved by the Chair of the department.
Certification Only students complete two internship experiences. The Internship I requires 120 hours in a host teacher’s classroom. Internship II requires 600 hours in a host teacher’s classroom. Internships are completed in three different bands: PreK-K, 1-3rd, 4-5th, usually in the same school.
Courses are offered at the Demorest and Athens campuses.
While students can take courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, it is strongly recommended they take grade level courses.
Classes are offered face to face, hybrid, and online.
This is not a fully online program.
Definitely! Check out the Credit by Experience page to review ways to earn credit for work you’ve already done!
At various points throughout the program of study, you may be required to complete assessments like these and others:
GACE PAA (Program Admission Assessment); Professional Behaviors and Dispositions Assessment (PBDA) Self Assessment I; Pre-Service Certificate (unless certified in another field of education); Verification of Lawful Presence (VLP),; Pass two GACE ECE content tests; PBDA Self Assessment II; College Supervisor Assessment II; Georgia Ethics Exam 360.
What will my certification be in?
The Certification Only program results in a P-5 Certification for the state of Georgia. Teaching options will include preschools, elementary school (public and private), or teaching assistant. It also qualifies you to pursue add on certifications, administrator certifications, counseling, coaching, and other graduate level degree work in or outside of education.
Typically 2 weeks after graduation IF paperwork is successfully submitted and complete.