Certification Information

 

All Worth County School District teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and service personnel are required to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, and/or assignment they are in.  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) establishes regulations and procedures to evaluate the credentials of prospective teachers, as well as other professional employees in the schools, to ensure they meet preparation standards and requirements.

The WCSD Human Resources Department provides customer support with the processing of certification documents for new and current employees. All certification renewals and conversions of certificates are also handled by Human Resources.

Certificate Renewal for Current Worth County School District Employees

Employees will receive email notification when applications for renewal will be accepted. Detailed information will be provided.

Paraprofessional Certification Information

All Georgia paraprofessionals must hold a valid state license issued by the Professional Standards Commission.  Paraprofessional applications will be issued to new hires by the HR Department when appropriate.

Applicants for paraprofessional must:

  1. Hold an associate degree or higher; OR
  2. Have at least 54 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of acceptable college credit; OR
  3. Have passed GACE Paraprofessional Assessment 

For information regarding Georgia certification, visit the website of the GaPSC (www.gapsc.com).  They can be contacted through email at mail@gapsc.com.  They can be reached by phone Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1-800-869-7775.

Certificate Upgrades

If you are considering returning to school to pursue an advanced degree, please utilize the GaPSC's Upgrade Advisor tool to determine which field(s) you are eligible to receive a certificate upgrade in.  Earning a degree in an area that will add a new certificate field will require a passing score on the appropriate GACE assessment.  Click here for more information concerning GaPSC certificate upgrade requirements. 

With the exception of the Educational Leadership field, educators will receive a salary increase if the GaPSC upgrades your certificate level.  Please keep in mind that all GaPSC requirements must be met.  Educators earning a certificate upgrade in the area of Educational Leadership must be employed in a leadership position to receive a salary increase.  Leadership positions have been defined by the State Board of Education.

Approved Program Providers

Do you need to know if the college/university you are considering is a GaPSC approved program?  Click here to find out.