GaTAPP Program Entry Requirements and Application Process

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Program Entry Requirements

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university (2.5 or higher GPA in all coursework). Must provide transcripts with the application for evaluation – copies of official transcripts accepted by GaTAPP – you will have to provide official transcripts when you set up your GaPSC account.



  • Candidate must not hold or have previously held any type of teaching certificate in the state of Georgia or any other state and must not have completed a teacher education program


  •  Must pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment (GACE Registration Guide) OR must qualify and provide proof for an exemptionNOTE:  The official scores must be on file at the GaPSC to be accepted in the TAPP program.  The information below regarding ways to meet the Georgia Program Admission assessment requirement was copied from and can be found on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission’s website (
    • Currently,  there are several ways to meet the Georgia Program Admission assessment requirement: Having the required minimum SAT®, ACT®, or GRE® score. Actual scores, not exemption codes, are required. SAT®
    • For SAT® Score Reports dated prior to 7/1/19
      • SAT® – 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math
      • Only scores from the official SAT® (English version) can be considered.
      • For recentering SAT® scores prior to April, 1995,
    • For Score Reports dated on or after 7/1/19
      • SAT® -1080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing AND Math
    • Only scores from the official SAT® (English version) can be considered.
    • To obtain your SAT® scores by mail: Download the request form (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) and mail to: SAT Program, P.O. Box 8057, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. By phone: For an additional fee of $10, you can call 866-756-7346 to order archived reports.
    • ACT® – 43 on English and Math
      • For recentering ACT® scores prior to October 28, 1989, click here (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader).
      • If you took the ACT® before September, 2006, request your scores in one of three ways for $17 – By phone: Call the ACT® help desk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm CT. For an extra $12, they can prioritize your search and get the scores to you faster. Online: Request your scores online if you know your test date. By mail: Write a letter with the following info: name, Social Security number, date of birth, test date, where you want scores sent, current address, phone number, check or money order for total cost payable to ACT Records. The request should be mailed to: ACT Records, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA. 52243-0451.
    • GRE® -The GRE® was revised in August, 2011, and the scoring format has changed. Following are the required converted scores to exempt the GACE Program Admission Requirement:
      • If tested with the old GRE® format (before August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
      • If tested with the new GRE® format (on or after August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission.
      • For more information on GRE® click here .
      • You can view your scores online free of charge. You will need to create or have My GRE Account to use this service.Tests from two test administrations can be combined to meet the exemption requirement (Ex: Verbal from one SAT test administration combined with Math from another SAT test administration. Different tests cannot be combined to meet the exemption. (Ex: A score from a GRE test cannot be combined with a score from a SAT test.)Having passed all three parts of the Praxis I or posted a composite score of 526 on the three tests when all three tests are taken by March 5, 2007. If you need historical information regarding the formerly used Praxis I, please click here.Passing the three parts of the GACE Program Admission assessment.Candidates enrolled in an educator preparation program prior to July 1, 2015, and who hold a master’s degree or above from a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution prior to admission may exempt the Program Admission Assessment. GaPSC-accepted accredited institutions are those that are accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education at or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at Please note that the master’s degree must be held prior to admission into the program.
      • To obtain records:


  • Candidate must have a degree major or classes that align with the area of certification OR must pass the GACE Content Assessment in the desired area BEFORE being admitted into the programNOTE: Candidate will have to pass the GACE Content Assessment BEFORE exiting the program. The NEGA RESA Representative will evaluate the candidate’s transcript and notify them as to what their requirement will be. Review the site noted to see what subjects/grade levels your degree aligns with.



  • Secure a job offer as a teacher with a local school system for at least half-a-day. The schools in our districts are familiar with our program. Feel free to have them contact our office should they have any questions or concerns. Northeast Georgia RESA GaTAPP Districts: Barrow, Clarke, Commerce City, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson City, Madison, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Social Circle, and Walton.


  • Complete the Application Packet  


We accept applications year-round and time of entry into the program can vary depending on hire date.  Acceptance into the program depends on the candidate’s ability to meet all of the entry requirements  – we can work with candidates, on an individual basis, to start the program from that point forward.




Application Packet 2018-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Subject Areas Related to Your Degree(s)

GACE Testing Website

Steps to secure a job offer for a GaTAPP candidate with a Local School System



Contact Information:
Northeast RESA GaTAPP Program
375 Winter Street
Winterville, GA 30683
Susie Walker, Director of GaTAPP                                              

Dana Holcomb, Administrative Assistant