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Steps To Teaching @ GCPS

Earned a Bachelor’s degree with 2.5 GPA and interested in Teaching? 

Here are 2 options and basic steps for eligibility:


  1. Pass (or exempt*) the GACE Program Admission (Basic Skills) Test
    For information on GACE tests, testing materials, registration dates, go to
    *Exempt the PAA Requirements with one of the following:
    • SAT 1000 (Math + Verbal) or
    • ACT 43 (Math + Verbal) or
    • GRE 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative) if taken before August 1, 2011
    • GRE 297 (Verbal+Quantitative) if taken after August 1, 2011
  2. Pass a GACE Content Assessment Test in a teaching field* This is the subject field that you wish to teach.
    • *If already certified, elementary education may not be added as a certification field.  Candidates interested in adding elementary education as a certification to an existing certificate would need to enroll in a Master’s level teaching program that includes student teaching.
    • *Those interested in teaching Special Education who hold a bachelor’s degree (2.5 GPA) in any subject field may be eligible to be hired after completing Steps 1 & 2. If hired, a GACE Sp. Ed. content test would need to be passed prior to hire or asap.
  3. Pass the GACE Ethics 350 Entrance Test

Upon completion of above steps, where applicable, complete your online application at  and upload GACE results (or exemption documentation) and official college transcript (under the Supplemental Materials Category of the online application), add 2 current supervisory email addresses and send out the reference survey forms within your online application.  References from friends/co-workers are not acceptable.

If a job offer and recommendation by a principal is made, you may opt to enter the Teach Gwinnett program, RESA TAPP Program or apply to a Master’s of Education program at a college or university while working as a teacher in GCPS to attain certification.



  • Enroll in a Teacher Preparation Program at a regionally accredited college or university that includes student teaching and certification.
    (Check with GCPS Human Resources to make sure the college you select has a signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GCPS if you wish to complete student teaching in the district)

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