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CCPS TAPP Program

TAPP ( Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy )


In an effort to address the shortage of certified classroom teachers and in accordance with the provisions of HB 1187, Clayton County Public Schools has submitted and received approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to offer a comprehensive Teacher Academy of Preparation and Pedagogy. (TAPP). Targeting highly qualified college graduates who wish to begin a teaching career while earning clear, renewable Georgia certification, this program is practical, field-based, and designed to develop proficient teachers in a timely and economically feasible manner.  The same rigorous standards as that of a traditional teacher-training program are the foundations for this competency-based program. 

The 2-year program consists of a minimum of 400 hours of instruction that will include over 100 hours of field-based, individualized instruction from trained mentors and content specialists.  The program of study is based on the research and guiding principles of Charlotte Danielson's Enhancing Professional Practices: A Framework for Teaching, the INTASC Standards, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Georgia Teacher Evaluation Program Criteria for instructional excellence. In addition to formal course study, the candidates will participate in timely, topic-centered classes each semester and will be given opportunities for varied field experiences to ensure exposure to diverse student populations at every level of their certification. Candidates will document progress in a portfolio of their work and exemplary work of their students aligned with Danielson's four domains and twenty-four components Teacher-candidates receiving certification through Clayton County Public Schools' Teacher Academy of Preparation and Pedagogy will receive quality educational instruction, maximum job-embedded support, and will be well-prepared to assist students in becoming "life-long learners."

 

Our PSC approved Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) Program is a rigorous program that involves:

  • strong mentoring support at the local and system level
  • practicum experiences
  • a portfolio assessment program that leads to a clear, renewable certificate

Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) candidates must provide the following documentation: 

  • Passing scores on Praxis I, GACE Basic Skills, GACE Program Admission Test or exemption scores
  • Passing scores on the content test(s) (Praxis II or GACE) in the area in which you seek certification
  • Attendance at a TAPP informational meeting


TAPP Pathways


We are currently recruiting TAPP candidates in the following high need content areas: Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Math (6-12), Science (6-12) and Foreign Language (Spanish and French). All other content areas are accepted in accordance to county needs.

Certification Information for Secondary (6 - 12) and Foreign Language Program Areas
Secondary English, math, science, all Social Studies areas, Foreign Language, and Fine Arts (art, music, band, and chorus) must have a bachelor's degree or higher with a major in the assigned teaching field or a transcript assessment confirming successful completion of 21 credit hours of upper level (300-400) courses in the assigned teaching field or a passing score on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment;

Mathematics Science Social Studies Language Arts Foreign Lang (P-12)
We require a math degree or a closely related degree including 7 courses in math for high school and 5 math courses for middle school at the upper level (300-400). We require a science degree or a closely related degree with 8 courses at the upper level (300-400)in a major and a least 1 course in the other areas of science We require a degree in the subject you plan to teach:
Economics
Geography
History
Political Science
We require a degree in English or a closely related degree. We require a degree in the language or a strong major.
Algebra l -linear or abstract (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

Trigonometry ( a minimum of 5 qtr hours)
Geometry (Euclidean or non-Euclidean) (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs*

Calculus (Must have 5 qtr hrs) Additional math content (history, statistics, modeling, computer science, physics, discrete, etc.)
One content area must include 40 qtr hrs* (biology, chemistry physics, or earth/space science)Each of the other areas must include at least one course. If concentration is
-History-
A minimum of 10 qtr hrs* must be
U. S. History

A minimum of 15 qtr hrs* must be non-western world

Georgia History must be completed by all History candidates.
Survey of Am. Literature and Survey of British Lit.(a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* in each)
Written Composition(a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

Grammar (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

Additional courses in literature, journalism, speech, drama, play production, communications.(a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)
Previous residency in a country whose official language is the target language can satisfy some requirements(a minimum of 10 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

Applied linguistics or Phonetics (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)
Cross-cultural understanding (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)
Civilization - target language (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)
Adv. grammar and comp (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

Literature (a minimum of 5 qtr hrs* above the freshman level)

 

TAPP Informational Meeting Dates


August 17, 2017
September 7, 2017
October 12, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 7, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 8, 2018
March 8, 2018

*Please bring your unofficial, undergraduate transcripts, along with any GACE score reports to the Informational Meeting*
*Session times are from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.*

All meetings begin promptly and late arrivers will not be admitted.

All sessions, unless otherwise specified, are conducted at:

The S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center 
1087 Battle Creek Road
Jonesboro, Georgia  30236
Map to the S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center

Contact the Professional Learning Center (770) 473-2795 for more information.  


Application Deadlines


CCPS TAPP is currently accepting applications for the  2018 Cohorts. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st Application Deadline for full application packets for the January 2018 cohort is December 1st, 2018
  • 2nd Application Deadline for full application packets for the Fall 2018 cohort is May 1st, 2018

Please reference the link that reads "TAPP Application Checklist" for required packet documentation prior to submitting a packet. Please note that all GACE scores and Official transcripts must be included in your packet for adequate reviewing.

Other TAPP Information


GACE Registration and Testing Dates Information
TAPP Interest Form
Current GaTAPP Rules
FAQs for TAPP
TAPP Application Checklist
TAPP Program Information