GaTAPP – Program Overview
There are multiple certification paths for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, who did not complete teacher education degree programs, and who want to transition to the teaching profession. The goal of these program paths is to equip transition teachers with the necessary skills for initial success in their classrooms.
The mission of GaTAPP is to prepare adults who have the academic content knowledge but lack the pedagogy training that occurs during the sophomore, junior and senior years of college. Since GaTAPP candidates enter the classroom immediately, their training must be concentrated and job embedded so that they are learning on the job with assistance of specialized training, coaches, mentors and administrative professionals.
The First District RESA GaTAPP Program is a combined face-to-face, on-line, and individualized program. Teacher candidates are required to take a variety of course work and attendance at all trainings and seminars is required. All assignments must be submitted and reviewed.
GaTAPP is a 1.5 – 3 year performance-based alternative route to certification. Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in required competencies prior to program completion.