Georgia- State Information

MEA President: Carl Rieke
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Peter Lemonds
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 4/2/2021


Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Brian Kemp (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Richard C. Jasperse (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Michael A. Cheokas (R)

CHAIR: Sen. Peter Kuhl Martin IV (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. John K. Wilkinson (R)

Partisan Split House: R       Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 404-656-5015
Senate Secretary Contact 404-656-5040
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule


ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Ken Banter
Senior Program Manager
Title I, Part A
Phone: 404-463-3467​
Title IV Director

Dawna Hatcher
Program Manager
Cell: 404-293-1490​

Jill Curtis
Education Program Specialist/Area Specialist
Phone: 678-591-4865​

Matthew Smith
Education Research Analyst/Area Specialist
Phone: 678-857-4652

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds July 31

State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

GA Music P-12 Induction (5-year)
Performance-Based Professional Certification (5-year)
Standard Professional Certification (5-year)
Advanced or Lead Professional (5-year)
Georgia Assessments for Certification (GACE): Basic Skills Georgia Assessments for Certification (GACE): Music Content Assessment None No longer requiring edTPA Yes Identifying and Educating Exceptional Children, Georgia Educator Ethics Assessment $20 application
No fingerprinting required unless applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in another state
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Georgia’s Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools

Title IV Success Stories

The funds below were allocated during the 2017-2018 school year.

GA: The Georgia Department of Education will designate $250,000 from their Title IV, Part A set aside to fund 10 competitive $25,000 grants to schools in rural parts of the state where little arts education is taking place. The money can be used towards part or full-time positions if the school did not have the position in the past, equipment and instruments, fine arts specific staff development, or Advanced Placement certification in one of the five fine arts courses currently certified by the College Board.