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Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree or above and wish to obtain a Georgia teaching certificate. This one-year program includes both face to face instruction, as well as online course work.


Applications for the Summer 2021 Cohort now available.
Deadline March 31, 2021

Campus Availability

Cumming Campus

Admissions Info

To Submit an Application:
  1. Applications for the Summer 2021 Cohort are now available. Deadline March 31, 2021
  2. All applicants must meet or have completed each of the following requirements:
    1. Pass or exempt the GACE Program Admissions Exam.
      • The following test scores allow exemption:
      • SAT - 1000 or higher (Verbal and Math scores combined)
      • ACT - 43 or higher (English and Math scores combined)
      • GRE - 301 or higher (revised scoring as of Jan 2011) OR 1030 or higher (old scoring) ***Verbal and Quantitative scores combined *
    2. GACE Content Area Exam(s) must also be passed at the Professional level before class begins. Visit the GACE website.
    3. Georgia Educator Ethics Exam
    4. Georgia Pre-Service Application
    5. A copy of your Driver's License or Passport for the Lawful Presence Verification.
    6. Possess a final college grade average of 2.75 or higher.
    7. Official transcripts from each college/university you have attended (can be sent directly to the COE Graduate Office).
  3. Include all documentation that is required (Post Bac Application, Pre-Service Application, Ethics Entrance Exam Confirmation, Official Score reports of all GACE exams, and Verification of Lawful Presence forms) and the $50.00 application fee (checks made to: Pioneer Resa).
  4. Send completed application packet to:
    Post-Baccalaureate Program
    Attn: Reginia Samples
    UNG College of Education
    82 College Circle
    Dahlonega, Georgia 30597

Important Program Notes

  • The Post-Baccalaureate Program is a Professional Learning Unit (PLU) program that will lead to Initial Teacher Certification. PLU credit(s) cannot be applied or transferred into a Graduate degree. 
  • Additionally, a $50.00 non-refundable application fee is required.
  • Program admission is contingent on the receipt of your Pre-Service Certificate from the GAPSC which includes a background check.
  • Cohort begins each June and is held on the Cumming Campus
  • Student Professional Liability Insurance must be purchased before beginning Internship. The projected cost is $7.00 to $20.00
  • Student must purchase textbooks for each class
  • Tentative Program Schedule: Summer: 3 Evening Classes Mon/Tues/Wed. Fall: 2 Evening Classes Mon/Wed and full-time practicum placement from early August thru the end of October. Spring: Internship class Mon evening once per month and full-time internship placement from Nov thru mid-May. All classes are hybrid which means you will typically be in class one week and online the next, however this is at the discretion of the professor.

Choosing a Content Area

Initial teacher certification is offered through the Post-Baccalaureate program in P-12, middle grades (dual cert in two MG content areas: Math, LART, Social Science, or Science) and secondary education areas, excluding special education and early childhood education. 

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires that initial certification in a teaching field must match the degree obtained. Transcripts will need to be reviewed to determine area of initial certification before admission to the program.


UNG Cumming Cohort - June 2021

Program Contact

For information regarding admission to the program, please contact:

Reginia Samples - COE Graduate Office Administrator by phone 706-867-2044 or email  

For information regarding the Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program, please contact or visit: the Graduate Bulletin website for MAT Information 

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