How to Renew a Teaching Certificate in Georgia

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In Georgia, teacher education does not just stop when a teacher graduates from a university and gets his first job in the school system. He may receive his first teaching certificate, but it is not a life-long document. It must be renewed every five years to show that teachers are continuing to educate themselves and are fit to remain in front of the classroom. As long as you have kept up with Georgia's required training hours, renewing your teaching certificate just comes down to handing over the right information.

For Teachers Currently Teaching

  • Remind the principal at your school that she is the one who will need to renew your teaching certificate for you.

  • Provide your school with your transcripts. To have your teaching certificate renewed in Georgia, you need to have taken six extra semester hours at an approved university or 10 staff developmental units.

  • Make sure the school you are working with has performed a background check on you. It will need to include the results, so if it has not been done, you may need to initiate it yourself.

  • Check back with the principal to make sure she has submitted you certificate renewal.

For Teachers Currently Not Employed in Georgia

  • Fill out the Georgia teaching certificate renewal application.

  • Include your transcripts. Just as if you were currently teaching in a Georgia school already, you will need to have taken at least six semester hours at a university or 10 staff developmental units.

  • Include $20, as of 2010, through a cashier's check or a money order, and make it out to the State of Georgia. Put your Social Security number on the check.

  • Send everything to the address listed at the top of the application.

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