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Overview

DeKalb County Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) is a state approved, *two year non-traditional route to teacher certification designed to meet the critical teaching needs of DeKalb County. *Academy may take up to three years.

The academy prepares teacher candidates with degrees and content area expertise in developing the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and competencies needed to be successful in DeKalb County Schools’ diverse classrooms. Interested candidates must commit to teaching at DeKalb County Schools for three years after receiving a professional standard certificate.

Content Areas for Certification

  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Special Education (Interrelated)
  • Secondary English
  • Special Education Adapted
  • Secondary Science (Broad Field)
  • Secondary History
  • Business Education
  • Marketing Education
  • World Languages
  • Technology Education
  • Middle Grades ELA
  • Middle Grades Math
  • Middle Grades Science
  • Middle Grades Social Science

Requirements

  • In addition to passing GACE 081/082, potential candidates seeking interrelated certification must also pass GACE 087 AND/OR 088 prior to applying. Passing scores are required to be at the professional level, 250 or higher
  • In addition to passing GACE 083/084, potential candidates seeking special education adapted certification must also pass GACE 087/ 088 prior to applying. Passing scores are required to be at the professional level, 250 or higher
In addition to seeking active employment, potential candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • a bachelors degree or higher from a GaPSC accredited institution
  • minimum 2.70 undergraduate GPA
  • GACE Program Admissions Assessment (PAA) or accepted exemption
    SAT score of 1000
    ACT score of 43
    GRE score of 1030
  • GACE Content Assessment(s) at professional level, 250 or higher
  • GACE Code of Ethics Entry
  • submit application on Taskstream. $25.00 application fee
  • academy interview
Accepted teacher candidates will be enrolled upon job offer and initial payment of $700.00; subsequent payments will be made through payroll deduction.

Critical Areas

The District is always seeking educators interested in being certified in the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • World Languages

The academy prepares teacher candidates with degrees and content area expertise in developing the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and competencies needed to be successful in DeKalb County Schools’ diverse classrooms. Interested candidates must commit to teaching at DeKalb County Schools three years after receiving a standard renewable certificate.

Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP)

Estimated Costs

Academy Tuition: $2,800 ($700.00 per transition point)

  • TAPP Application Fee: $25
  • GACE PAA: $103-$128
  • GACE Content: $123-193
  • GaPSC Code of Ethics (Entry and exit test): $60
  • Technology Fee: $99

Total Estimated Cost of Certification: $3,605.00 (Including cost for first edTPA)

edTPA: (Pedagogy Assessment resubmission if needed): ( $100.00 per task)

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