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Clayton County Public Schools TAPP

CCPS TAPP Fall 23-24 Cohort

Admissions Process 

1. Attend a Monthly Virtual TAPP Interest
2. Submit a TAPP Interest Form with Bachelor's Degree Transcript
3. Pass All Recommended GACE Tests 
4. Submit An Online Application
6. Attend a TAPP Program Interview

The Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) Teacher Academy of Preparation and Pedagogy (TAPP) is a 2-year practical, field-based program consisting of a minimum of 400 hours of instruction, including individualized instruction from trained mentors and content specialists.  The program is approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and 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.
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 be well-prepared to assist students in becoming "life-long learners."
Our GaPSC-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
*Please note that the Clayton County Public Schools TAPP program has rules in addition to the state GaTAPP rules.


TAPP Pathways

We are currently recruiting TAPP candidates in the following content areas: 

*Elementary Education (K-5)  *Foreign Language-Spanish & French (K-12)
*English Language Arts (6-12)  Social Studies (6-12)
*Math (6-12)  CTAE Fields (6-12)
*Science (6-12)  Art & Music (K-12)
   *Special Education General (K-8) & Adapted (K-12)

*High-need areas
All other content areas are accepted per 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 with a major in the assigned teaching field or a transcript assessment confirming successful completion of credit hours in upper level (300-400) courses in the assigned teaching field and a passing score on the appropriate GACE Content Assessment. For high school pathways, a minimum of 21 credit hours are required; for middle grades, 15 credit hours are required. GPAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
*Please note that the Clayton County Public Schools TAPP program has rules in addition to the state GaTAPP rules.


Applying to CCPS TAPP 

The application process starts with attendance at a TAPP Interest Meeting*.
*Please have copies of your unofficial undergraduate transcripts, along with any GACE score reports, ready to submit*

TAPP Interest Meetings will be conducted virtually. 
 Meeting registration is required. 

The Virtual TAPP Interest Meeting schedule and registration links for the 23-24 school year are listed below: 

August 10th

September 14th

 October 5th

 November 9th

 December 7th

 January 11th

 February 8th

March 7th

April 11th

May 9th*

*The May 9th TAPP Meeting will take place in person at the Professional Learning Center

Please complete a TAPP Interest Form before the Interest Meeting.
TAPP Interest Form  
Contact the Professional Learning Center at (770) 473-2795, or email the TAPP Administrative Assistant, Ms. Teresa Brown, at for more information.  

Application Deadlines 


CCPS TAPP is currently accepting applications for the  2023/2024 Cohort. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st Deadline for full application packets for the Winter 2024 cohort is December 4th, 2023.
  • 2nd Deadline for full application packets for the Fall 2024 cohort is June 17th, 2024.

Please reference the TAPP Application Checklist link below for the required documentation before submitting your application. Please note that all official GACE scores and college transcripts must be included in your application.

TAPP Interest Form  

TAPP Application Checklist

TAPP Frequently Asked Questions

Other TAPP Information

2023–24 Testing Windows, Registration Deadlines, and Score Reporting Dates
Current State GaTAPP Rules *

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