Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a teacher?


Current Teacher Requirements: 
Must have a bachelor-level or higher degree, hold a valid professional teaching certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) in the assigned teaching field, and must have met the content knowledge requirement (either through the appropriate content assessment or coursework).

Out-of-state professional certificates are transferrable to Georgia through reciprocity. However, if you did not pass a content assessment, or your state did not require a content assessment, you may be required to pass Georgia’s assessment for the specific teaching field(s). Georgia currently uses GACE testing. It’s possible to exempt the assessment by submitting proof of recent out-of-state teaching experience (five years successful teaching within the most current five-year period) as part of the Georgia teacher application, which may be found at the following website: http://www.gapsc.com/Certification/FormsandApplications.aspx.

What if I don't have a degree in Education, is there an alternative program?


In lieu of professional certification, applicants interested in seeking teaching positions may qualify for a three-year Induction 4 certificate. 

 

The Induction 4 certificate is a non-professional non-renewable certificate for those that hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, have met certain test requirements, and are planning to enroll into an educator preparation program - either Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation & Pedagogy (GaTAPP) or a state-approved college program that leads to teacher certification (i.e. M.A.T.).


The following must be met prior to employment:                                         

 

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA (or higher Degree) from an accredited institution recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC).  GaPSC accepts institutions listed on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) site:  http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp.  

 

 

  • Must have passed the GACE Content Assessment in the subject area/field to be certified.  A complete list of GACE assessments may be found at http://gace.ets.org/about/assessmentsInduction Level scores (at least 220) are acceptable; however, beginning July 1, 2017, assessments must be passed at the Professional Level (at least 250). 

 

  •  Must complete the GACE Educator Ethics Program Entry Exam (Test #350).

 

  •  Must be offered a full-time teaching position from an employing Georgia school system.

 

 

The GaTAPP program is a two to three-year program that requires various coursework, seminars, and assessments (FY16 first-year fees were $4500.00, but payable through Payroll Deduction).  Not all certification areas are provided through GaTAPP.  For further information, please contact our system’s provider, Middle GA RESA, at (478) 988-7170 or visit www.mgresa.org.  RESA has a Screening Application process candidates should complete which will provide valuable information regarding subject area eligibility.  The Screening Application is available on their website.

In lieu of GaTAPP, the candidate may wish to enroll into a state-approved college program (tuition and fees applicable and paid by the candidate directly to the college/university).  A list of Georgia approved programs may be found at http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/ApprovedPrograms/EducationApprovedPrograms.aspx


What are the requirements to be a Paraprofessional?


All Paraprofessional Applicants must do the following to be considered for a position with Houston County Schools.

1. Complete an on line application
2. Have Three Professional References recorded in your application
3. Meet the following requirements depending on the type of job you are looking for:

Must be Highly Qualified (see Certification Requirements below)

AND

Certification Requirements for Georgia Paraprofessionals

Hold at least an Associate's Degree (in any subject); or

Have completed two years of college coursework (60 semester hours); or

Have passed a PSC-approved paraprofessional assessment** (GACE). If eligibility is established through assessment, the applicant must also hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

To register for the computer based Parapfessional Assessment test, please contact Central Georgia Technical College, located at 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA. at (478) 218-3390.

Transcripts of college course work or verification of passing score on the paraprofessional assessment must be on file with the Human Resources Department.

**For information on the PSC-approved Paraprofessional Assessment (GACE Paraprofessional Assessment) please go to http://www.gace.ets.org

What is the process to becoming a substitute teacher?


Substitute Teacher Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for employment in the Houston County School System.

 1. You must hold one of the following certificates:

* Teaching Certificate (current, out-of-state, or expired)

OR

* Substitute Teaching Certificate from any county or RESA in Georgia.

To register for the next substitute teaching certificate class, log onto http://www.mgresa.org /cost of $35.00

2. You must possess one of the following educational requirements:

* Associate's Degree, or high, (in any subject) from an accredited college.

OR

* Completed two years of college coursework (60 Semester Hours)

OR

* Passed a PSC-Approved Paraprofessional Assessment (Gace, ETS or Georgia Assessment)

For information on the PSC-approved Paraprofessional Assessment (GACE Paraprofessional Assessment) please go to http://gace.ets.org/

You may also register for the computer based paraprofessional Assessment located at Central Georgia Techincal College, 80 Cohen Walker Drive, Warner Robins, GA. Please call to register for the next test date (478) 218-3390.

3. You must complete an on-line application with Houston County Schools selecting Substitute Teaching under the preference tab.

 If you have questions, please contact Pam Chapman at Pam.Chapman@hcbe.net.

What are the requirements for the Support Positions for Houston County Schools?


All Classified Support Applicants must do the following to be considered for a position at HCBE:


1. Complete an on line application
2. Have Three Professional References recorded in your application
3. Meet the following requirements depending on the type of job you are looking for:

Clerical Staff
Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Basic keyboarding; and telephone experience desirable; one year related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some position may require basic bookkeeping experience.

Bus Driver
Education and/or Experience: High school diploma or general education degree (GED). One to two years of driving a school bus is a preferred. Experience driving a vehicle requiring commercial drivers license (CDL) also preferred.

Certificate or License Required: Valid Georgia Commercial Drivers License, Class B with a PS endorsement is required. Must be at least 18 years of age.

General Maintenance Workers
Education and/or Experience: A one year certificate from an accredited technical school; or six months related work experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certificate or License Required: Valid Georgia driver's license.

(Specific Jobs may require additional education or training, i.e. HVAC Journeyman, Electrician Journeyman, Plumbing Journeyman, etc.)


School Nutrition - Food Assistant
Education and/or Experience: High School diploma or GED preferred. Food service experience a plus.
Certificate or License Required: Completion of ONE required within the first year of employment. Health Department clearance required.