The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) requires all students in initial licensure programs in Georgia to obtain a Pre-Service Certificate, even if they already have a background clearance. The required background clearance for initial licensure candidates is built into the process of obtaining a GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate. Initial program students will not be allowed to participate in preclinical experiences (PCE) or demonstration teaching (DT) in Georgia without the Pre-Service Certificate.
In the rare circumstance that a WGU student has a current IN4T teaching certificate, the student is exempt from obtaining a Pre-Service Certificate. However, if the IN4T certificate expires before field experiences, a Pre-Service Certificate will be required.
BACKGROUND CHECK INSTRUCTIONS FOR INITIAL LICENSURE STUDENTS
Step 1: Take the online Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment—Program Entry 350.
Step 2: Claim enrollment with WGU.
Step 3: Complete the GaPSC Pre-Service Certificate Application.
Step 4: Submit your Pre-Service Certificate application to WGU Background Clearance Specialists.
Step 5: Send an electronic copy of your Pre-Service Certificate to WGU Background Clearance Specialists when it is issued.
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Article Number: 19518, 1286