The Human Resources Department processes all certification documents for new hires and current faculty as well as renewals and conversions of certifications.
Georgia Professional Standards Commisson (PSC)
Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE)
Georgia PSC Information:
For “New Employees” with Lumpkin County in a teaching/administrative position, please submit the following with your employment application:
· PSC Application
· ALL Official Transcripts
· NTE/GACE Test Scores
· Out-of-State Professional Certificates
. Verification of Lawful Presence Documentation (may not be required if previously submitted).
Certified employees of the Lumpkin County School District are required to hold a valid Georgia teaching certificate issued by the Professional Standards Commission (PSC). The Lumpkin County School System does not employ teachers who are not fully certified and in-field prior to employment.
Complete all 3 pages of the PSC application in black ink with specific attention given to educational background.
The PSC will not process your application without an official transcript.
Once you are an employee of the Lumpkin County School District (including new hires), the $20 fee will be exempted for you on initial certification transactions. However, any future conditional certificate fees must be paid by the LCSS employee by money order or cashier’s check made payable to The State of Georgia or the fee may be submitted online at the www.gapsc.com website.
Page 3 of the PSC application is the Personal Affirmation section. Failure to complete ALL of this block will result in your application being returned unprocessed.
The GACE (Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators) replaced the Praxis II exams on September 1, 2006. Information about the GACE tests can be found at http://www.gace.nesinc.com.
Your certificate or letter of requirement(s) will be sent electronically from the PSC and a copy forwarded to the Lumpkin County School District for your personnel file. All certified educators (teachers, paraprofessionals and support) must have a MyPSC account. Website: www.gapsc.com to create your account.
It is critical that you complete your certification requirements at the earliest opportunity.
Renewal for current Lumpkin County School District Employees
The State of Georgia mandates that professional teaching certificates be renewed every five years with either 10 professional development units (PLUs) or six-semester hours of college credit or a combination of the two. These credits must be accrued during the validity period of the certificate to be renewed. For example, if your certificate is valid July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2016, credits must have been earned between those dates to count toward certificate renewal.
Applications for renewal of certifications will be accepted in January of the year of expiration.
Paraprofessional Certification Information
All Georgia Paraprofessionals must hold a valid state license issued by the Professional Standards Commission.
Certification Requirements for Georgia Paraprofessionals:
- Employed as a paraprofessional in a Georgia School System
- Hold at least an associate's degree; or
- have completed two years of college coursework (60 semester hours); or
- have passed the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment.
GACE Pararprofessional Assessment - Please contact Pioneer Regional Education Agency (RESA) :
Telephone number: 706-865-2141