For information about certification requirements in your area of study, contact your preparation program (college/university.)  If you are not associated with a program, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s website ( can help you determine which assessments are necessary for certification in your desired field.

Implemented in 2006 and revised in 2014, the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators™ (GACE) is the state-approved program for the assessment of prospective Georgia public school educators. This multi-test certification system includes the Program Admission (PA), Content, Educator Ethics and Professional Pedagogy assessments.

The purpose of these computer-delivered assessments is to help ensure that educator candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform independently in Georgia's public schools.

A description of and details about each of the tests are listed below.

Program Admission: This assessment measures the general knowledge of an educator candidate in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing.  

Candidates attempting to gain certification who did not exempt testing or achieve a passing score on all parts of the prior test (GACEBasic), supplied by Pearson Education, and Candidates seeking admission to a state-approved educator preparation program must pass or exempt the PA assessment.

Content: GACE Content Assessments test a candidate’s knowledge in their field of study.  This test consists of one or two tests made up of selected-response questions or a combination of selected-response and constructed-response questions.  The GACE content assessment has 2 passing levels: Induction and Professional. However, any Induction level score earned before July 1, 2017, will be considered equivalent to a Standard Professional level passing score.

Educator Ethics: Both of the $30 seven-module Educator Ethics Assessment will ensure that certification applicants are familiar with the Georgia Code of Educator Ethics.  If you begin a Georgia educator preparation program for an initial teaching field in 2015 or later, or if you are in a state-approved non-traditional educator preparation program(GaTAPP, etc.,) you will be required to complete the Educator Ethics – Program Entry Assessment for admission to the program and to pass the Educator Ethics – Program Exit Assessment to obtain certification.

Program Entry (350) The Program Entry Assessment is taken to enter a Georgia educator preparation program.  This test does not have a passing score; completion of the 7-module assessment is all that is required.  Candidates have two attempts to complete each end-of-module test.  If the test is not completed by the second attempt, a candidate may move on to the next module, however their status will be reported to their designated score recipients.

Program Exit (360) The Program Exit Assessment is a requirement to hold either an Induction Certificate or a Certificate of Eligibility.  This 7-module test must be passed, not simply completed.  Candidates have five attempts to complete each end-of-module test.  If the test is not completed by the fifth attempt, the candidate’s access to the Georgia Educator Ethics assessment will be revoked.  Access can be regained by payment of another test fee.

This assessment offers a “learn by doing” approach around “real life” scenarios, including actions, dispositions, and values to reinforce ethical standards or “code.”   The modules are not timed and can be taken over a period of time, allowing test-takers to pick up where they left off each time they log off.

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Professional Pedagogy (edTPA):  On or after September 1, 2015, teacher candidates in an approved educator preparation program will be required to complete edTPA during their student teaching placement. The edTPA allows candidates to demonstrate their grasp of the skills needed to begin independent instruction of students.  Candidates must create a portfolio that will be uploaded to the edTPA platform, for external scoring. The five focus areas on the edTPA are  

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