Alternative Routes to obtaining a Georgia certificate while you work as an
Designed for "career switchers" who already hold degrees and have
various life experiences, as well as former educators with expired or invalid
certificates who wish to return to the classroom. These routes are not limited
to, but are of particular importance when completed in high need, shortage
fields such as math, science, foreign language and special education. Initial
eligibility requirements lead to a Non-Renewable Certificate and remaining
requirements are completed while the individual is serving as an educator in a
Georgia public school. Upon completion of this route, the Clear Renewable
Certificate is issued.
Traditional Routes to obtaining a Georgia certificate by completing a
state-approved educator preparation program, usually at a college or
This process could include earning a college degree along with the state
certificate, or you might complete the requirements just for a certificate
after you have already finished your degree. In addition, educators who move to
Georgia with an out-of-state certificate must meet Georgia's certification
requirements through reciprocity procedures. For the most part, the traditional
initial programs are completed prior to employment in a public school and lead
directly to Georgia's Clear Renewable Certificate.
Permit Route to obtaining a Georgia permit to teach in special restricted
Permits allow performing artists, retired teachers and native foreign
language speakers to teach in Georgia classrooms and selected
business/professional leaders to serve in Superintendent positions based on
their rich expertise.
Each route is designed to combine high standards with
flexibility to bring quality teachers into the classroom. While each route has
a unique set of eligibility requirements and different ways to achieve
certification, the standards and requirements for the Clear Renewable
Certificate are the same regardless of the route chosen.
International Exchange Teacher Route to obtaining a Georgia certificate
based on your teacher certification in another country.
International exchange certificates may be awarded to teachers certified in
their native country who are not U.S. citizens but who wish to come to Georgia
and teach for up to three years.