DeKalb County School District

Professional Learning

Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Effective January 2015

The DeKalb County Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) is a state approved, *two year non-traditional route to teacher certification designed to meet the critical teaching needs of DeKalb County. *Academy may take up to three years.

Content Areas for Certification
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Special Education (Interrelated)
  • Secondary English
  • Special Education Adapted
  • Secondary Science (Broad Field)
  • Secondary History
  • Business Education
  • Marketing Education
  • World Languages
  • Technology Education
  • Middle Grades ELA
  • Middle Grades Math
  • Middle Grades Science
  • Middle Grades Social Science
Additional Requirements
  • In addition to passing GACE 081/082 , potential candidates seeking interrelated certification must also pass GACE 087 AND/OR 088 prior to applying

  • In addition to passing GACE 083/084 , potential candidates seeking special education adapted certification must also pass GACE 087/ 088 prior to applying
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Critical Areas
The District is always seeking educators interested in being certified in the areas listed below:
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • World Languages

The academy prepares teacher candidates with degrees and content area expertise in developing the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and competencies needed to be successful in DeKalb County Schools' diverse classrooms. Interested candidates must commit to teaching at DeKalb County Schools three years after receiving a standard renewable certificate.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to seeking active employment, potential candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • a bachelors degree or higher from a GaPSC accredited institution
  • minimum 2.70 undergraduate GPA
  • GACE Program Admissions Assessment (PAA) or accepted exemptions
    SAT score of 1000
    ACT score of 43
    GRE score of 1030
  • GACE Content Assessment(s)
  • GACE Code of Ethics Entry
  • completed DCSD TAPP online academy application (Applications are accepted during February- March each year)
  • academy interview
  • potential teacher candidates are required to have an offer of employment in DeKalb County before being accepted in academy
  • Teacher candidates will be enrolled upon job offer and initial payment of $700.00; subsequent payments will be made through payroll deduction
How to apply to DeKalb County School District TAPP
Estimated Cost

Academy Tuition: $2,800 ($700.00 per transition point)

Additional Cost of Candidates
  • TAPP Application Fee: $25
  • GACE PAA: $103-$128
  • GACE Content: $123-193
  • GaPSC Code of Ethics (Entry and exit test): $60
  • Technology Fee: $99

edTPA: (Pedagogy Assessment resubmission if needed): ($300)

Total Estimated Cost of Certification: $3,605.00
(Including cost for edTPA)