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Teacher Certification

Have you:

  • Met all of the University of North Georgia's institutional requirements?
  • Met all of the Teacher Education Department graduation requirements?
  • Completed our teacher preparation program, in a specific teaching field?

If so, then you are eligible to apply for a Georgia teaching certificate!

Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am completing a program leading to initial certification.  How do I apply for the 'Certificate of Eligibility'?
A. Please see *** NEW Tiered Certification Information ***.  At the end of Internship, candidates will be provided instructions on how to apply for the certification upon program completion.  Ms. Chris Parker, Certification Official for Teacher Education, can be reached at 706.864.1852.  Office visits by appointment only.  Note: Candidates wishing to begin an Education Program should refer to the Admissions website.

Q. I am completing an advanced degree in my field of certification.  How do I apply for an upgrade?
A. If you are completing an advanced degree and NOT adding a new field, you merely need to download a Certification Update Application from the Professional Standards Commission (GA-PSC), and send them a transcript after your degree is posted. If you are employed, have your district complete the Employer Assurance Form to waive the $20 fee the GA-PSC charges.

Q. I am adding an endorsement to my valid teacher certificate.  I took the courses for Professional Learning Unit credits (PLU).  How do I add the endorsement to my certificate?
A. Step 1. Read instructions before beginning and be sure to use dark or black ink when completing the application.

Step 2. Complete the entire GA-PSC Certificate Update Application available on the PSC website - www.gapsc.com under 'Popular Links' and then 'Download Forms'.

Step 3. Attach to your application your final Professional Learning Unit (PLU) transcript which you will receive from the University of North Georgia.

Step 4. Complete, if you have not already done so, the Verification of Lawful Presence Forms.  These forms are on the GA-PSC website along with the Certification Application.  Attach the forms to your application packet.  Note: This form must be notarized.  Be sure to attach a copy of the secure and verificable document mentioned in the instructions for the VLP form.

Step 5: Submit the packet to your district office or directly to the GA-PSC at the address at the top of the first page of the application.  Applicants submitting documents directly to the GA-PSC may do so online at mypsc.gapsc.org.  You may also submit a copy of the PLU transcript to the PSC from your 'mypsc account'.

Step 6: Call Chris Parker, Certification Official at the University of North Georgia, at 706.864.1852 to have her complete the Approved Program Completion Form.  Ms. Parker will also answer questions on how to complete the certification application.

If you are employed, have your district complete the Employer Assurance Form to waive the $20 fee the GA-PSC charges.

Q. I am adding an endorsement to my valid teacher certificate.  I took the courses for college credits.  How do I add the endorsement to my certificate?

A. Step 1: Read instructions before beginning and be sure to use dark or black ink when completing the application.

Step 2. Complete the entire GA-PSC Certificate Update Application available on the GA-PSC website - www.gapsc.com under 'Popular Links' and then 'Download Forms'.

Step 3: Complete the online request form on the UNG website (UNG Registrar website) to have an official transcript sent to you (for attaching to your application) or directly to the GA-PSC.

Step 4: Complete, if you have not already done so, the Verification of Lawful Presence Forms.  These forms are on the GA-PSC website along with the Certification Application.  Attach the forms to your application packet.  Note: This form must be notarized.  Be sure to attach a copy of the secure and verificable document mentioned in the instructions for the VLP form.

Step 5: Submit the packet to your district office or directly to the GA-PSC at the address at the top of the first page of the application.  Applicants submitting documents directly to the GA-PSC may do so online at mypsc.gapsc.org.  NOTE: You may NOT submit an official college transcript from your 'mypsc account'.

Step 6: Call Chris Parker, Certification Official at the University of North Georgia, at 706.864.1852 to have her complete the Approved Program Completion Form.  Ms. Parker will also answer questions on how to complete the certification application.

If you are employed, have your district complete the Employer Assurance Form to waive the $20 fee the GA-PSC charges.

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