All Richmond County School System classroom teachers, school administrators, service personnel and paraprofessionals are required by the State of Georgia and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, or assignment (Georgia law, O.C.G.A. 20-2-200). The GAPSC establishes regulations and procedures for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia, to ensure they meet specified preparation standards and requirements.
It is the responsibility of all certified employees to ensure that your certification is accurate and up to date.
GACE Testing Information
Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators® (GACE®). The GACE is Georgia’s state-approved educator certification assessment program (see "Speech and Language Pathology" exception in GaPSC rule). The purpose of the GACE is to help the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia's public schools. These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the GaPSC and Educational Testing Service (ETS). The purpose of the GACE is to assess the knowledge and skills of prospective Georgia public school educators. You'll find registration and testing information on this site: http://gace.ets.org/
Out of State Certificate Holders
Out-of-State Professional (not Provisional) certificates are usually transferrable to Georgia through reciprocity. If you did not pass a content assessment, or your state did not require a content assessment, you may be required to pass Georgia's assessment for the specific teaching field(s). Georgia uses GACE testing (information and registration may be found at www.gace.nesinc.com). Out-of-state educators seeking to exempt both the GACE content exam and the Exceptional Child requirements using experience are now required to verify full-time, satisfactory experience in their certificate field for all of the previous 5 school years. However, out-of-state educators who have met or exempted the content assessment requirement but have not yet met the Exceptional Child requirement are able to obtain their first Georgia certificate. They will have to complete the Exceptional Child requirement before renewing or converting their initial certificate.