Pre-Service Certificate Requirement
KSU will request that Teacher Education candidates be issued a Pre-Service Certificate by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). This Pre-Service Certificate ensures B-12 schools and the university that candidates have a state background check prior to being allowed to work with minors. The GaPSC performs a criminal history background check prior to issuing a Pre-Service Certificate. Failure to obtain an issued Pre-Service Certificate will preclude continuation in Teacher Education.
To be eligible for this certificate, candidates MUST
- Have a successful background check (conducted prior to application). The GaPSC will NOT award a Pre-Service Certificate to anyone who is currently on probation, regardless of the crime. The GaPSC requires a copy of the Final Disposition, signed by a judge, in order to consider the issuance of a Pre-Service Certificate.
- Be enrolled in an educator preparation program leading to initial certification.
- Submit a complete GaPSC Pre-Service Certification application packet. Verify enrollment in a KSU educator preparation program through their personal MyPSC accounts.
- Complete the GaPSC GACE Ethics Entry Exam (350).
An issued Pre-Service Certificate is required to participate in field and/or clinical experiences associated with courses required in Teacher Education programs. The application process for this certificate can take several weeks. Candidates who enroll in classes with field/clinical experiences and do not have a Pre-Service Certificate will need to withdraw and/or be administratively withdrawn. It is, therefore, imperative that candidates follow the instructions given them by ESS.
Please note that according to Standard Nine of the GaPSC Code of Ethics, candidates must self-report the commission or conviction of a crime to the GaPSC within 90 days of the incident. See Code of Ethics: https://www.gapsc.com/rules/current/ethics/505-6-.01.pdf.
Thus, when candidates receive clearance to enter the field, they are required by Standard Nine to self-report any incidences that may occur afterward. KSU Teacher Education programs are also required by the GaPSC (Rule 505-3-.1) to report "any violations of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators by enrolled candidates" (p. 17). Candidates must also self-report to the Director of CEPP at KSU. The Pre-Service Certificate may be revoked if a candidate violates the Georgia Code of Ethics, and the candidate may be removed from Teacher Education.
NOTE: A Pre-Service Certificate is verified by ESS through an advisor review for the Yearlong Clinical Experience (YCE) application and the signature of the Director of Education Student Services (ESS) is required at this time. Candidates, however, MUST have a Pre-Service Certificate prior to ANY field experience prior to the yearlong clinical experience during their coursework in Teacher Education. Failure to do so may result in a delay in graduation. Questions about the need for a Pre-Service Certificate should be directed to the Director of ESS.