The Certification Office is located in UH 345, the College of Education Dean's Suite. Hours of operation are from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Augusta University offers the following programs that lead to initial certification:

  • B.S.Ed.: Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Special Education
  • Secondary Education: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, Physics/Mathematics
  • P12: Music, Foreign Language (French and Spanish), Health & Physical Education
  • MAT: All of the programs listed above
  • M.Ed.: Counselor Education in School Counseling
  • M.Ed. and Ed.S.: Educational Leadership

Tiered Certification Rules

  • Under the new Tiered Certification structure, employment is now required for initial certification.
  • A Certificate of Eligibility will be received by applicants who have met all certification requirements except for employment as an educator. The GaPSC will also furnish candidates with a Requirements Letter, verifying all outstanding certification requirements. This certificate will be valid for five years but may be converted as soon as the holder is hired and submits a new application to the GaPSC.
  • The GACE content area exam must be completed at either the Induction or Professional level (click here for GACE information).
  • As of January 1, 2015, successful completion of the Educator Ethics Assessment will be a requirement of initial certification.
  • As of September 1, 2015, successful completion of the content pedagogy assessment (edTPA) will be required for initial certification.

Click here for the Tiered Certification Quick Reference Guide. This graphic illustrates the execution of all policy revisions required by Tiered Certification along with their implementation date.
Click here for the revised GaPSC Certification Application.
Click here for the GaPSC Verification of Lawful Presence form. US citizens will only need to provide a Lawful Presence Verification once. Any applicant not a US citizen must submit this form with each certificate application.

GACE and GAPSC site search:

Initial Certification Students (Undergrads and MAT)

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: JSAC Coffee House (2nd floor)

Graduate Students and MAT Program Students

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Place: JSAC Coffee House (2nd floor)

Important Facts to Know:

  • Both meetings are for current term completion students.
  • All candidates will receive the forms to be completed by email prior to the workshops.
  • The Augusta University transcript must be requested by the candidate. Request that the official transcript be held until graduation so your completion is reflected.
  • Transcripts needed for county Board of Education Offices must be requested by the student. Requests made prior to graduation are free of charge and should indicate that they are to be processed after grading.
  • Initial certification requires official copies of transcripts from all schools attended. Transcripts can be sent electronically directly to the GaPSC at:
    Mail official transcripts that must be delivered in hard copy form to:
          Augusta University
         College of Education
         Fran Sunderland UH343A
         2500 Walton Way
         Augusta, GA 30904
  • If you have not already done so, please log on to the PSC website and create your "My PSC" account.