The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (Ga TAPP) is a classroom-based teacher preparation option for individuals who have the basic qualifications to teach early childhood, middle-grades, secondary or P-12 education but have not completed a teacher preparation program. The program is not intended to replace regular college teacher education programs. It is, instead, an alternative option for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher but did not complete teacher education requirements as part of their degree programs. Georgia TAPP equips teacher candidates with the skills to ensure a reasonable expectation of initial success in their classrooms and puts in place a supervised candidateship/induction program that will help them move toward subsequent mastery of teaching.
The application process is as follows:
Receive a job offer as a beginning teacher in a NWGa RESA member system. The system’s Human Resource (HR) Director will recommend candidates for GaTAPP.
Complete a GaTAPP application and return it to the school system’s HR department for required signatures.
Acquire required documents listed on the candidate checklist and submit those to NWGa RESA.
Register for the program and submit the payment.
Register to attend “The Essentials of Effective Teaching” course.
Candidates should register for the classes listed below after creating/updating their NWGa RESA profiles.
Comprehensive TAPP Registration
Essentials of Effective Teaching
Introduction to Educating Exceptional Children and Youth
Special Education Series course (if applicable)
Teaching Reading course (if applicable)