Georgia Requirements for Teacher Assistants

   

Requirements for certification

Initial Certification Requirements (note: this certification is valid for 5 years)

  • Employed as a paraprofessional in a Georgia school system
  • Earn an associate’s degree; or have completed two years of college coursework (60 semester hours); or have passed a GACE paraprofessional assessment. If eligibility is established through assessment, the applicant must also hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Employing school system applies for certificate

Renewal Certification Requirements

  • Employed as a paraprofessional in a Georgia school system
  • Earn 6 semester hours or 10 quarter hours of college course work, or 10 Professional Learning Units (PLUs), or 10 credit of Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Employing school system applies for certificate

State Assessment Testing Information
GACE -The Georgia Assessments for the Certification Educators- Paraprofessional preparation materials