All professional educators in DeKalb County School District are required to adhere to certification rules and guidelines set forth by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) section 20-2-200, all teachers, service personnel, administrators, and paraprofessionals must hold a certificate issued by the Georgia PSC.

Georgia PSC Rule 505-2-01(9) stipulates that it is the responsibility of the individual educator to meet all requirements and to maintain a valid certificate. Professional educators should not allow their educator’s certificates to lapse. Failure to maintain a valid and highly qualified certificate at all times, in accordance with Georgia law, may be considered grounds for termination or nonrenewal of contract.

The Georgia PSC handles all matters pertaining to the issuance of teaching certificates in the state of Georgia. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and applications, please contact the Georgia PSC directly.

Certificated staff must hold a valid Georgia certificate in the field to which assigned. Any teacher who does not teach in the field for which they were properly certified and trained will not be considered “highly qualified.”

Professional Learning provides certification assistance through alternative routes to teacher certification.

Initial Certification

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a GaPSC approved college or university 
  • Pass the GACE Content Area Assessment in the content area of interest
  • Pass the GACE Ethics Assessment (educators entering a state-approved educator preparation program for an initial teaching certificate)
  • Complete a GaPSC state-approved educator preparation program
  • Out of State – professional certificate, test score report, transcripts and experience verification required
  • Have an offer of employment from a Georgia Public School District

For More Information:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)

Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE)

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

Assessment types are required for all professional certificates in the State of Georgia:

Content Assessment
Tests a variety of content knowledge areas. Each middle grades assessment is a single test that consists of selected-response questions and constructed-response assignments. All other content assessments are composed of two tests. Each test consists of selected-response questions and one or more constructed-response assignments.

GACE Ethics Assessment
The modules focus on professionalism in education in teachers’ and educational leaders’ relationships with their students, their schools, their colleagues, and their communities – as well as on ethical understanding to guide decision making, and the specific regulations and expectations that educators face in Georgia.

For more information about the GACE Assessment, visit https://gace.ets.org/.

  1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  2. Pass the GACE Content Assessment in the content area of interest
  3. Pass the GACE Ethics Assessment
  4. Complete a state-approved educator certification program
Sign in to your MYPSC Account to complete the PAQs. Your program provider should electronically submit your transcripts to the GaPSC.
If you hold a professional certificate and content test scores to match the certificate, you may be eligible for reciprocity
Please email the Verification Team at verifications@dekalbschoolsga.org
60 semester hours of college coursework or 90 quarter hours of college coursework (Grade C or better) or high school diploma and the GACE Parapro Test.
Hold a bachelors degree or higher. Long-Term Substitutes must be certified.

For general certification questions, please call the PSC at 404-232-2500 or visit www.gapsc.com.

For GACE Testing, please call 1-855-225-7178 or visit www.gace.ets.org.