Para-to-Teacher Track

Are you a qualified paraprofessional in one of our partner school districts listed below?

Do you want to become a certified teacher? 

Partner School Districts:

Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Berrien, Ben Hill, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Lanier, Pierce, Ware, Wayne 

The Parapro-to-Teacher track leads to a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary and Special Education (ELE/SPED). With this degree, graduates are able to complete the GACE test in Elementary Education and Special Education (P-5) to gain initial certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commissions. 

Are you ready to get started?

Admissions Requirements (Qualification Requirements)

  • Accepted to South Georgia State College <--- Click link to apply
  • Proof of successful completion of Georgia Education Ethics Assessment
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50
  • Completion of 60 semester credit hours that are applicable to program degree plan of study, including the completion of all courses in Area A1 (ENGL 1101, ENGL 1102), A2 (Math) and Area F (EDUC 2110, EDUC2120, EDUC 2130), with grades of C or better upon entering the program.
  • Complete the ELE/SPED Program application

Not qualified yet? Start here! 

-Begin your path to completing the education pathway that leads to entry into the ELE/SPED program

-Accepted to South Georgia State College <--- Click link to apply

-Pathway Checklist (The pathway must be completed prior to admissions to the program)

Program Information

-Course work: a combination of online classes and face-to-face classes on Douglas and Waycross campuses (flexible to meet the needs of a full-time working parapro)

-Ideally candidates should be employeed in a Kindergarten-5th grade classroom (General Education/SPED inclusion)

-Candidates must complete field experience hours in the required grade bands (Prek-K, 1-3, 4-5, K-5 SPED)- Employment hours outside of the grade levels listed do NOT count toward program requirements

-Candidates must submit a signed agreement with the school and district prior to final acceptance