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GaTAPP - Before you begin...

General Understandings:

North Georgia RESA is NOT able to guarantee anyone a position in schools. The North Georgia RESA program supports area school systems having a way to certify teachers that they hire through an alternative certification. North Georgia RESA is NOT an employment agency, so the program will not and cannot help an individual with employment. We recommend that a person seeking employment stay current with the postings on https://www.teachgeorgia.org/ or on the individual school district websites.

The process for selecting potential Candidates for North Georgia RESA GaTAPP is specifically designed for the NORTH GEORGIA RESA AREA ONLY. Applicants will not find the specific requirements listed on any other website including the PSC site. Most GaTAPP programs have specific requirements unique to their program.

  1. Do you have a classroom teaching job with a public school district where you are the teacher of record for at least 50% of the day?
    1. If no, stop here. Without a position being offered that will employ a candidate at least 50% of the day, you are not eligible for alternative certification. Additionally, you must be the teacher of record. 
    2. If yes, please continue.

  2. Are you seeking certification in elementary education, middle grades and secondary academic contents, special education, CTAE fields, world languages, or music? 
    1. If no, your certification could still be an area our program could support.  Please contact us.
    2. If yes, you are on the right track.  Please continue.

  3. Do you have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (no rounding up) or higher from a PSC-Approved accredited college or university?
    1. If no, stop here. Without at least a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher you are not eligible for participation in the GaTAPP program.
    2. If yes, please continue.

  4. Have you completed a teacher education program including successfully completing student teaching or held a Clear Renewable teaching certificate in Georgia or any other state?
    1. If yes, stop here. You are not eligible for participation in the GaTAPP program.
    2. If no, please continue.

  5. (A) Do you have a passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (PAA) or do you meet the exemption requirements? (B) Have you passed the GACE Content Assessment that matches the certification field in which you have been hired? (C) Would you benefit from a self-pay GACE test preparation resource? 

    (A) The GACE Program Admission Assessment (Tests 200, 201 & 202) can be exempted ONLY if you have met one of the following below:

    -SAT – minimum 1080 combined Verbal and Math (***After 7/1/2019, the combined score will be 1080)
    -ACT – minimum 43 combined English and Math
    -GRE – minimum 1030 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken prior to August 1, 2011
    -GRE – minimum 297 combined Verbal and Quantitative if taken on or after August 1, 2011
    -Passed Praxis I prior to September 1, 2006

    1. If no, stop here. Without passing scores or an allowed exemption of the GACE Program Admission Assessment you are not eligible for enrollment currently in the GaTAPP program. In order to register for and take GACE assessments you must FIRST create/update a myPSC account at https://mypsc.gapsc.org/home.aspxYou should choose:
      1. Enrolled in a Georgia Educator Preparation Program.
      2. Then you can register for the GACE Program Admission Assessment (Tests 200, 201 & 202) at gace.ets.org.
    2. If yes, please continue.

    (B) The GACE Content Assessment MUST be passed prior to GaTAPP enrollment and MUST match the field of certification in which you are hired by the employing school district.  For example, elementary teachers would take the Elementary Education GACE content Assessment (both parts) and so forth.  For information on GACE Content Assessments, please visit www.gace.ets.org.

    (C) If you would like to information on a self-pay GACE test preparation resource, please visit 240Tutoring.  For information on a 50% discount for this resource, please contact Dr. David Thacker (david.thacker@ngresa.org) or Brandy McClure (brandy.mcclure@ngresa.org) at NGRESA.

  6. Have you taken and passed the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment (Test 360)? 

    ** Candidates entering state-approved teacher preparation programs must take and complete Georgia Educator Ethics assessment (Test 360) prior to program admission.  This test may be accessed at www.gace.ets.org. Cost is set by ETS. After creating/updating your MyPSC account on the GaPSC website - select 7 as your reason for testing.

    ** You will then be eligible to take Georgia Educator Ethics assessment (Test #360). When taking GACE assessments for program admission, you must add your program provider as a score recipient when you register or they will not receive notice that you have completed the assessment – We are North Georgia RESA GaTAPP.

    ** Although a minimum score is not required for the Ethics assessment, candidates must complete all training modules and end-of-module tests to receive credit toward program admission.

    1. If yes, please continue.
    2. If no, then you will need to register and take the ethics assessment before continuing with the application process.

  7. Do you have the dispositions to teach?
    All non-traditional path participants shall be required, by path completion, to demonstrate the following dispositions:
  • Do you have an appreciation of the diversity of the students, the staff, and the community and capitalize on the richness of that diversity;
  • Are your interactions with adults and children friendly, warm, caring, polite, respectful, and developmentally and culturally appropriate;
  • Do you value a culture of learning where students are committed to the value of the subject, accept the teacher’s high expectations, and take pride in quality work and conduct;
  • Do you respond appropriately, respectfully, and successfully to student behavior;
  • Do you intend to provide directions, procedures, and oral and written language that are communicated clearly and accurately;
  • Do you believe in demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness by adjusting lessons, responding to students, and being persistent in your effort to teach all students;
  • Do you value maintaining, accurate, complete records of student assignments and learning and of non-instructional activities
  • Do you recognize the value of frequently and successfully providing instructional information and student progress information to parents and engaging families in the school program;
  • Are you supportive of and cooperative with colleagues and volunteers and are willing to make substantial contributions to school and district projects;
  • Would you be willing to actively seek professional development to enhance content and pedagogical skills and actively assist other educators;
  • Would you proactively serve all students, challenge negative attitudes, and take a leadership role in high quality decision-making; and
  • Would you be committed to understanding and actively participating in the school’s School Improvement process;
  • Would you commit to understanding and practicing the Georgia Code of Ethics;
  • Would you be committed to reflect on your teaching practices, analyze student achievement data, and adjust your performance based on results?

             1. If you do not believe you have these dispositions (qualities), stop here. The teacher-candidate’s dispositions to teach students at the grade level and in the field of interest is critical;

             2. If you believe that you do possess these dispositions, please continue to Step 2.

STEP 2 - I am eligible and interested in the North Georgia RESA GaTAPP. Now What?

You will need to complete the application process with North Georgia RESA.

Consolidated Dates

Click HERE for the consolidated RESA System Calendar. This Calendar includes important dates for NGRESA and member systems. It includes holidays, breaks, planning days, and other dates.

System dates were accurate at the time of creation but are subject to change. Please consult each system's official calendar for the most up to date information.


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