Certification for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

All Catoosa County School System teachers, administrators, service personnel and paraprofessionals are required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, or assignment. The GAPSC establishes regulations and procedures to evaluate the credentials of prospective teachers, as well as other professional employees in the schools, to ensure they meet preparation standards and requirements.

State certification provides a standardized base-level of professional knowledge and skill for educators in public schools. Georgia has many individualized requirements and some common standards that are required for certification. The GAPSC outlines the state certification system in rules and procedures for the Certification of Education Personnel. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and application procedures, please visit the GAPSC website at www.gapsc.com.

The CCPS Human Resources Office provides customer support with the processing of certification documents for new and current employees. All certification renewals and conversions of certificates should be processed through CCPS Human Resources.

Certification Information for Certified Employees

Certified employees new to CCPS are required to file a certification application package upon hiring. The following items are required:

  • PSC Application for Certification
  • Official Transcripts of all colleges/universities where coursework was completed
  • GACE Assessment Scores or Praxis II Content Assessment scores
  • Out-of-state Professional Certificates and content assessment required for out-of-state professional certificate.

It is critical that you complete your certification requirements as soon as possible. Once all required documents are received the Human Resources Office will apply for your certificate. Your certificate and/or letter of requirements will be available through your MyPSC account through the Georgia PSC website and an electronic copy will be sent to Catoosa County School System.

Certification Information for Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals new to CCPS are required to file a certification application package upon hiring. The following items are required:

  • PSC Paraprofessional Application
  • Transcripts for Associate's degree or 60 semester hours of college OR passing of Paraprofessional GACE assessment (Go to website to register for assessment http://www.ngresapl.org/)

Certificate Renewal for CCPS Employees

The state of Georgia mandates that professional education certificates be renewed every five years with either 10 Professional Learning Units (PLU's) or ten quarter (six semester) hours of college credit or a combination of the two. These credits must be accrued during the validity period of the certificate to be renewed. For example, if your certificate is valid July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2010, credit must have been earned between those dates to count towards certification renewal. Currently the GaPSC has the rule that any Professional certificates or Paraprofessional Licenses expiring between 2011 and 2017 will not be required to have renewal credit (coursework) to renew these certificates.

A GaPSC rule change regarding renewal of certificates expiring 2018 and later was recently initiated. If the rule is adopted, renewal requirements for these certificates will be outlined in further detail when they are received.

The Human Resources Department will notify each certificated employee of the pending expiration of their certificate and requirement for renewal.

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