To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, all students must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.
Georgia accepts direct applications for teaching certificates from those who graduate from out-of-state, approved teacher preparation programs like those offered by WGU. You can upload the majority of the required application documents online through your MyPSC portal. Only transcripts and program completion verification must come directly from the university (see below for more details; see also How to Submit Application Materials). Additional information about the application process can be found at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website.
Follow the steps below to submit your application for Georgia certification.
Step 1: Take the GACE Educator Ethics—Program Exit Assessment (360) and verify it's been recorded in your MyPSC account. Please be aware it can take up to 10 business days for the Exit Assessment to reflect in your MyPSC account. A non-refundable test fee of $30 is required at the time of registration. You have five attempts to pass each end-of-module test. If passing status is not achieved by the fifth attempt, your access to the Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment will be revoked. To regain access, you will need to pay another test fee. (Note: These scores will be transmitted to the GaPSC approximately two weeks after the testing date.)
Step 3: Contact the WGU Teachers College Licensure Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that a Certification Analyst verify your program completion online. Once the WGU Certification Analyst has completed this online verification, you will receive an email confirmation.
Step 4: Request official transcripts from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will automatically be mailed to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional WGU transcripts, or if you would like to have official transcripts submitted electronically and directly to the GaPSC, see WGU Transcript Request. You should not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. If you elect to mail your transcripts to the GaPSC, be sure to leave them in the sealed envelopes.
Step 5: Georgia charges a $20 application fee that is payable online through your MyPSC portal. More information on the application fee is available on the GaPSC website.
Step 6: If you are currently employed in a Georgia school system, then you are exempt from the application fee. However, you will need to verify your current employment by submitting the Employer Assurance Form to the appropriate personnel administrator at the employing school/district, who will return the form to you for you to upload via MyPSC or to include in your application packet.
If you elect to mail any documentation directly to the GaPSC in lieu of uploading it, you must send original, signed application documents to the address below. Again, your official transcripts and verification of program completion must come directly from the university.
Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 1702
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-9032