Once submitted, your application will be reviewed and cleared by Human Resources to ensure that all required documentation and information is listed on the application. Human Resources then sends the application to the hiring principal/supervisor for further consideration.
The hiring principal/supervisor then contacts the list of cleared applicants they want to interview.
Before being hired, all paraprofessionals must have a certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). In order to obtain this certificate, you must have ONE of the following:
1) Hold an Associate Degree or higher in any subject from GaPSC-accepted accredited institution.
2) Have completed 2 years (60 semester hours) of college coursework above the remedial level at a GaPSC-accepted accredited institution with a grade of "C" or better.
3) Hold a minimum of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and have passed the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment. You can schedule this online at Columbus State University Paraprofessional Assessment section.
Complete the GACE Ethics Exam (Test Code 360). This is a series of online modules. Completion is also transmitted electronically to the GaPSC.
Obtain a passing score on the appropriate GACE content assessment according to what you plan to teach. These scores are transmitted electronically to the GaPSC.
There are two options for an educator preparation program leading to teacher certification. Both options allow you to be hired as a teacher while you complete the program. You will be paid as a provisional teacher and receive full benefits during this time. Below are the options.
Educator Preparation Program Options:
Option 1: GaTAPP (Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy) is a certification-only program. The program takes 2 to 3 years to complete. At the completion of the program, you will be eligible for professional certification and salary at the bachelor's level. This program is ideal for those wanting to add certification only or who already hold a master's degree or above in a field outside of education. Please visit theWest GA RESA GaTAPP website for more information.
Option 2: MAT (Masters in the Art of Teaching) is an educator preparation program that leads to teacher certification in addition to a master's degree. Programs typically take two years to complete. At the completion of the program, you will be eligible for professional certification and salary at the master's level. This program is ideal for those wanting to add certification through an advanced degree. You can check Approved Programs Leading to Certification here.
2. Log in to your GaPSC account, request an upgrade, and complete the personal affirmation questions.
3. The Certification Specialist will then receive an automatic request from the GaPSC to complete your employer assurance. Once your certificate has been upgraded, please email email@example.com. Your new certificate will then be given to the Finance Department for review and processing. Salaries are based on the effective date issued by the GaPSC.
Certification renewals consist of renewing your clearance and field certificates. If your certificate is up for renewal, you must make adequate progress in your professional learning plans/goals. These plans/goals will be reviewed and signed off on by your administrator in May of each year. The request for your renewal will be submitted by the Certification Specialist.
A criminal background check must be also conducted. This process is completed every five years.
Click the 'Personal Actions' tab on the top blue ribbon bar
Click the 'Demographics' link in the drop down menu
Enter your new last name
Attach a copy of your social security card and driver's license with your new name. Name changes cannot be completed without this information. You can also bring these documents to Angie Murphy in the Finance Department if you prefer.
If you have opted in to receive electronic communications, a copy of your paycheck will be emailed to you at the end of each month when it posts to ESS. If you need access to prior paychecks, follow the instructions below:
Employees of the Board who have been employed by the Board for at least 12 months and who have worked at least 1250 hours during the 12 month period immediately preceding the commencement of the leave are eligible to take unpaid leave under the FMLA.
The District will require that any accrued paid leave (sick, personal, vacation, or any other paid leave) be substituted for (run concurrently with) all or a part of the otherwise unpaid FMLA leave under the terms and conditions of the District’s normal leave policies. Because leave pursuant to an employee’s disability benefit plan or workers’ compensation absence is not unpaid, the provision for required substitution of accrued paid leave is not applicable in such cases.
An employee of the Board of Education shall be eligible for paid parental leave for qualifying life events upon satisfying the following criteria:
a. The employee is classified as full-time by the District and is eligible to participate in the TRS (Teacher Retirement System of Georgia) or the PSERS (Public School Employees Retirement System);and
b. The employee has six continuous months of employment with the Board, regardless of whether he or she is eligible for paid or unpaid leave under federal law. An employee paid on an hourly basis must have worked a minimum of 700 hours over the six-month period immediately preceding the requested paid parental leave date.
Sick leave days will be earned at the rate of one and one-fourth (1 ¼) days per month employed to a maximum of 12 ½ days per year for ten (10) month employees, 13 3/4 days for eleven (11) month employees and fifteen (15) days for twelve (12) month employees.