Please note: 

  • Metro RESA is NOT able to guarantee applicants who have completed the eligibility requirements a position in schools. The Metro RESA program supports area school systems by screening potential teacher candidates who want to pursue Alternative Certification.
  •  The process for selecting potential Candidates for Metro RESA GaTAPP is specifically designed for the METRO RESA AREA ONLY. Applicants will not find the specific requirements listed on any other website including the PSC site. Most GaTAPP programs have specific requirements unique to their program. 

Steps for Eligibility 

Due to the sheer volume of inquiries, Metro RESA is able to assist only those interested parties who have completed the steps listed below:



1. Compile all College Transcripts:

  • Official transcript(s) from an accredited colleges, or university required (CTAE fields will include degree/certificate information from an accredited institution; a Bachelor's degree may not be required for your field)
  • Must submit official transcript(s) from ALL colleges or universities attended
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (2.5 if employed as a teacher) is required; however, if you have a lower GPA AND are employed as a teacher, please reach out to with questions prior to applying.
  • Transcript must list degree awarded and the date the degree was conferred
  • Must hold a related degree to subject teaching


2. Provide Passing GACE Program Admissions (Basic Skills) in all three content areas: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing, 

  • Candidates must pass the GACE Program Admission Tests prior to acceptance or provide proof of exemption through one of the following: 
    Having the required minimum SAT®, ACT®, or GRE® score. Actual scores, not exemption codes, are required.  
  • SAT® - 1000 on Verbal/Critical Reading, and Math  
    • Only scores from the official SAT® (English version) can be considered. 
    • For recentering SAT® scores prior to April, 1995, click here
    • To obtain your SAT® scores by mail: Download the request form (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader) and mail to: SAT Program, P.O. Box 8057, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. By phone: For an additional fee of $10, you can call 866-756-7346 to order archived reports.  
  • ACT® - 43 on English and Math  
    • For recentering ACT® scores prior to October 28, 1989, click here (_.pdf) (requires Adobe Reader). 
    • If you took the ACT® before September, 2006, request your scores in one of three ways for $17 - By phone: Call the ACT® help desk between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm CT. For an extra $12, they can prioritize your search and get the scores to you faster. Online: Request your scores online if you know your test date. By mail: Write a letter with the following info: name, Social Security number, date of birth, test date, where you want scores sent, current address, phone number, check or money order for total cost payable to ACT Records. The request should be mailed to: ACT Records, PO Box 451, Iowa City, IA. 52243-0451. 
  • GRE® -The GRE® was revised in August, 2011, and the scoring format has changed. Following are the required converted scores to exempt the GACE Program Admission Requirement:  
    • If tested with the old GRE® format (before August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission. 
    • If tested with the new GRE® format (on or after August 1, 2011), candidates need a GRE® composite score of 297 on Verbal and Quantitative to exempt GACE Program Admission. 
    • For more information on GRE® click here . You can view your scores online free of charge. You will need to create or have a My GRE Account to use this service.

3.  Pass Provide GACE Content Assessment Scores 

  • Content Assessment passed must be related to college degree awarded (except for those applying for the Special Education or Early Childhood program). A major in the requested field or extensive coursework in the content area is required. 
  • 4.  Complete the GACE Educator Ethics Course

  • GACE Georgia Educator Ethics - must be complete prior to program admittance
  • Ethics information can be found here: 

    5. Complete the online application. The online application will be available on December 1, 2021, for the summer 2022 cohort. You will need to prepare the following to apply:

    • Metro RESA GaTAPP Application
    • Official copies of all college transcripts
    • GACE Program Admissions Assessment score report or proof of exemption (SAT, ACT, GRE Scores or Praxis 1 prior to Sept. 1, 2006)
    • GACE Content Assessment score report
    • GACE Georgia Educator Ethics Certificate of Achievement 
    • Resume
    • Two Reference Letters that are signed by the source (from someone other than a relative)
    • $75.00 application fee (fee subject to change)


    Mail $75.00 application fee (money order or cashier's check, no personal checks accepted) to:
       Metro RESA GaTAPP

       1870 Teasley Drive, SE

       Smyrna, GA 30080 

       Attn: GaTAPP 


    All documents must be submitted to Metro RESA via the electronic portal during the application period. Applications from those employed are accepted from January 5 until the cohort fills. Those not employed can apply between January 1, 2022, and April 1, 2022, ONLY. 




    4. Applicants meeting the requirements of the electronic screening process as outlined in the First Steps: 

    •  Applicants who meet the screening requirements will be notified via email by Metro RESA to register for a mandatory orientation meeting. The Orientation session is required. Applicants will learn more about the Metro RESA GaTAPP program and "next steps" at this meeting. 


    5. Approved applicants will attend a Program Orientation in the spring (March or April 2022). Applicants register and pay ($650.00) for the Essentials of Effective Teaching class to be held during the summer of 2022.


    6. Applicants who register for the Essentials of Effective Teaching class are placed on an Eligibility List if not employed as a teacher. This list will be disseminated throughout Metro RESA’s school systems. The school systems can hire from this list. Applicants are also encouraged to visit local school systems websites to view current vacancies or visit for listing of all available job opening. Applicants must secure a teaching job before they can begin GaTAPP.


    7. The hiring system and the candidate will submit all required documents for assurances and commitments.



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