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SAFE

Office of Student Advising and Field Experiences

Instructions

for

Certification Application Submission

 

The Office of COEHP Student Advising and Field Experiences (SAFE) processes all necessary paperwork for candidates who are applying for initial certification or adding additional fields to existing certification in Georgia, as well as processing applications for candidates who are applying for out-of-state educator positions. NOTE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit a complete application with all supporting documentation. Please check each item before submitting it to be certain your application is complete. If illegible or significantly incomplete, your application will be returned without review.

Applicants must meet all requirements before their applications are submitted to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Please direct any questions or concerns to LaJuene Black, Certification Assistant, at black_lajuene@columbusstate.edu.

Visit the following link at the Georgia Professional Standards Commission website to download the Certification Application and Verification of Lawful Presence Forms: http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsAndApplications.aspx

 

Initial Certification (applying for your first certificate)

Page 1- In all CAPS print your legal name in the appropriate spaces indicated; list your social security number or GaPSC Certification ID, date of birth, and email address.

Section 2 – Answer about your employment status.

Section 3 – Check "Completion of an educator certification program."  For Certificate Fields Requested, list your major.

Page 2 – Academic Record – list all colleges/universities you have attended.  If the PSC already has transcripts on file, check "transcript on file."  For your CSU transcript, check "transcript attached." Once all grades have been finalized, the SAFE Office will request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office and attach it to your certification packet.Page 3 – Respond truthfully to each item 1-9, sign and date the form.Submission instructions are listed below.

 

Adding Additional Field to Existing Clear Renewable Certificate

Page 1- In all CAPS print your legal name in the appropriate spaces indicated; list your social security number or GaPSC Certification ID, date of birth, and email address.

Section 2 – Answer about your employment status.

Section 3 – Check "Add a new renewable certificate field."  For Certificate Fields Requested, list your major.

Page 2 – Academic Record – list all colleges/universities you have attended.  If the PSC already has transcripts on file, check "transcript on file."  For your CSU transcript, check "transcript attached." Once all grades have been finalized, the SAFE Office will request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office and attach it to your certification packet.

Section 2 Certification Record: List and submit copies of ALL valid or expired professional educator certificated issued by another state.

Section 3 Assessment Record – List any "GACE Content Assessment" and record the date you passed the assessment.  You MUST attach a copy of your content assessment, regardless of whether the PSC has the documentation on file.

Page 3 – Respond to each item 1-9, sign and date the form.Submission instructions are listed below.

 

Convert Non-Renewable Certificate to Clear Renewable Certificate

Page 1- In all CAPS print your legal name in the appropriate spaces indicated; list your social security number or GaPSC Certification ID, date of birth, and email address.

Section 2 – Answer about your employment status.

Section 3 – Check "Convert a Non-Renewable certificate to Renewable."  For Certificate Fields Requested, list your major.

Page 2 – Academic Record – list all colleges/universities you have attended.  If the PSC already has transcripts on file, check "transcript on file."  For your CSU transcript, check "transcript attached." Once all grades have been finalized, the SAFE Office will request an official transcript from the Registrar's Office and attach it to your certification packet.

Section 2 Certification Record: List and submit copies of ALL valid or expired professional educator certificated issued by another state.

Section 3 Assessment Record – List any "GACE Content Assessment" and record the date you passed the assessment.  You MUST attach a copy of your content assessment, regardless of whether the PSC has the documentation on file.

Page 3 – Respond to each item 1-9, sign and date the form.Submission instructions are listed below.

 

Upgrading a Current Clear Renewable Certificate

To upgrade an existing Georgia certificate, an Approved Program Recommendation Form is not required. If you are      employed by a Georgia public school system, please provide your school system's central office with the completed application and an official transcript. Your central office will process the application and forward it to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. Please do not send it to the Office of COEHP Student Advising and Field Experiences (SAFE), as this will only delay receipt of your updated certificate.

Submission of forms:

You should send the entire packet of forms to the Certification Official in the SAFE Office (see address below) after you have completed all sections of the application.  The SAFE Office will submit the Program Recommendation Form, Certification Application, and official transcripts to PSC after grades are official and verification of program completion. Processing certification applications usually take between 4 to 6 weeks from start to finish. Once the applications are processed at the PSC, you will be notified via email that your certificate is ready.

 

LaJuene Black                                                                         Columbus State University

Certification Assistant                                                              College of Education and Health Professions

Black_lajuene@columbusstate.edu                                        Student Advising and Field Experiences (SAFE)

(706) 565-1431                                                                        4225 University Avenue

(706) 565-1438 Fax                                                                 Columbus, GA 31907-5645