Initial Teacher Certification

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

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

  • BS Ed: Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education
  • Secondary Education: Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Math, Physics, Political Science
  • P12: Music, Foreign Language (French and Spanish)
  • MAT: All of the programs listed above, except Political Science
  • For the MEd in Counselor Education in School Counseling and the MEd and EdS in Educational Leadership, please visit

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.

GaPSC Certification Application
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:

Undergraduate Candidates

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Place: University Hall 250

MAT Candidates

Date: December 5, 2019
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Place: University Hall 250

Important Facts to Know:

  • Both meetings are for current term completion students seeking initial certification.
  • 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:
    Or to the AU Certification Office on the Augusta University Summerville Campus, UH Suite 345, Room 343A, for delivery with the certification application. Transcript delivery with the application will expedite the certification process. 
  • If you have not already done so, please log on to your MyPSC website and create your claim your enrollment at Augusta University. Certification documents cannot be posted to the GaPSC until enrollment is claimed.