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Georgia Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification


Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

Alternative Routes

Obtaining a Georgia certificate while you work as an educator.

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.

International Exchange Teacher Route

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.

Permit Route

Obtaining a Georgia permit to teach in special restricted circumstances.

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.

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