After SSU's Teacher Education Programs are approved by GaPSC, the School of Teacher Education will seek national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). For more information about GaPSC and NCATE, click the links below.


Mission Statement:
To set and apply high standards for the preparation, certification, and continued licensing of Georgia public educators.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) was created by the Georgia General Assembly as of July 1, 1991, to assume full responsibility for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. The Commission is also responsible for the development and administration of teacher certification testing. The Commission handles the investigation, advisement, monitoring, and due process of cases associated with educator discipline. In 1999, the Georgia Teaching Force Center was placed in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for administration purposes. The Teaching Force Center is one component of the Georgia P-16 Council's Title II Plan for having a qualified teacher in every classroom in Georgia by 2006.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.