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Parapro to Teacher Education Program

Paraprofessional to Certified Teacher Program

We are so excited that you are interested in earning your teaching credentials at Gordon State College’s School of Education. Below, you will find all of the information concerning our Paraprofessional to Certified Teacher Program. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact the School of Education at 678-359-5468, or you are welcome to email Dr. Joseph R. Jones, the Dean of the School of Education,

Facts about the Program:

  • the program is primarily online
  • a new cohort will begin in the fall of 2020
  • a student can complete the program in two years
  • a student is able to remain employed with his or her school district (The student’s district must agree to allow the student to remain employed in the district during his or her clinical experience).
  • successful completion of the program will result in the earning of a bachelor's degree in education as well as Georgia teacher certification in elementary education/special education.

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA
  • An Associate’s Degree (or equivalent)
  • A passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (Reading, Math, and Writing). The GACE may be exempted with an combined SAT Math and Verbal of 1080 (if taken after July 01 2019) or a 1000 (if taken prior to July 01, 2019)
  • A student must have taken MATH 2008 (Numbers and Operations ECE), ISCI 2001 (Life/Earth Science), and ISCE 2002 (Physical Science) prior to beginning the program. These courses will be offered during the spring and summer of 2020 for students to enroll.
  • Students must have taken three foundations of education courses (EDUC 2110, EDUC 2120, and EDUC 2130). These courses will be offered in the spring and summer of 2020 for students to enroll.
  • You must apply to Gordon State College before applying to the Teacher Education Program. Online applications to Gordon State College can be completed by visiting and clicking the “apply now” button in the top right corner.

***Please feel free to email a copy of your transcripts to for evaluation.***

The program is covered by financial aid, and the Financial Aid Office can be contacted at 678-359-5990. A number of school districts offer financial assistance, please contact your local HR representative.