In addition to an appropriate degree and coursework, individuals wishing to obtain certification in Georgia must take the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE).
Each assessment has one to three separate tests, and you must pass all tests within an assessment. You may retake an individual test within an assessment if necessary. The combined test option for each assessment allows you to take all tests within an assessment in one test sitting and is less expensive than taking the tests individually.
As of September 1, 2006, Georgia stopped using the Praxis, a licensing exam used by many states. Only Praxis tests passed prior to September 1, 2006 in certification content fields are still valid.
GACE scores do not expire.
As of October 2013, the Educational Testing Services (ETS) began to administer the GACE instead of Pearson. Scores from tests offered by different test suppliers are not comparable. You must pass all parts of an assessment with the same testing supplier. Passing scores on tests within an assessment cannot be from two suppliers.
REQUIRED GACE ASSESSMENTS
You may exempt the GACE Program Admission if you meet the following criteria.
- SAT - 1000 on Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) and Math (for re-centered scores prior to April 1995, click here.) - Only official (English version) SAT score reports can be accepted. Official SAT score reports can be obtained for a fee from the SAT.
- ACT - 43 on English and Math combined (for re-centered scores prior to October 28, 1989, click here.) - Only official scores are accepted. Official ACT score reports can be obtained for a fee from the ACT.
- GRE - composite score of 1030 on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning (before August 1, 2011) or composite score of 297 on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning (after August 1, 2011) - Only official scores are accepted. Official GRE score reports can be obtained for a fee from the GRE.
- The degree exemption option for the GACE Program Admission was discontinued after July 1, 2015. A completed master's degree or higher no longer qualifies for an exemption.
- If you cannot exempt, you can retake the SAT or ACT for less money than taking the Program Admission assessment. The GRE is more expensive than the GACE Program Admission.
Click here for full details of exemption requirements.
Educator Ethics - Program Entry & Program Exit
The Educator Ethics Assessment measures your understanding and knowledge of compliance obligations of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators as well as your capacity and disposition to act ethically as a teaching professional. If you are entering a state-approved traditional or non-traditional educator preparation/certification program for an initial teaching field certificate, you must take and complete the the Georgia Educator Ethics- Program Entry (350) prior to admission into a certification/preparation program (traditional or alternate route). The assessment is not pass/fail and is not scored but is a certification requirement.
You must take the Georgia Educators Ethics - Program Exit (360) prior to or upon completing an educator preparation program (traditional or alternate) and must pass the assessment (scores are given) in order to receive an induction certificate.
You must pass the GACE in the content area that you wish to teach. The certification program you apply for must match the content area you will teach. For example, if you want to teach Biology, you must take the GACE Biology or GACE Science (broad-field) and pursue certification in teaching Biology or Science. Your degree can be in or closely related to the content area. For example, Literature, Media & Communication is related to teaching English; Mechanical Engineering is related to mathematics. Some content areas are exempt from the GACE, but most require it. You cannot exempt the content area GACE no matter how many and what degrees you have.
Early Childhood Education (PK - grade 5), Early Childhood Education Special Education, and Middle Level/Grades Education are content areas. Secondary education is not a content area.
REGISTRATION, SCORES, FEES & RESOURCES
To register for a GACE, you must first create a MyPSC account on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GPSC) website in addition to an ETS GACE testing account. By registering with the GPSC, your scores will be on record with the GPSC certification office automatically. The GACE is a computer-delivered assessment. Test centers are located throughout Georgia, across the country, and in various parts of the world.
Scores & Fees
- The passing standard for the Program Admission is 250 on a scale of 100-300.
- A passing score on a GACE content is marked on the score report as induction (220) or professional (250 or above). As of July 1, 2017, educators who do not achieve a professional level score on the content area GACE may get an induction certificate with an induction level score but will have to obtain a professional level score - or an exemption if available - before receiving a professional certificate.
See the list of fees.
ETS offers different test preparation resources such as testing strategies, study companions, interactive full length practice tests, tutorials, webinars, study plan assistance, online chats, etc. ETS has full-length interactive practice tests available at the ETS Store.
If purchasing a study guide online, make sure the publication date is after October 2014 to ensure the content reflects the current GACE and not the GACE prior to October 2013. The new GACEs were rolled out in stages between October 2013 and May 2014.