• 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Phone: 770-473-2795 | Fax: 770-472-8470

Clayton County Public Schools GaTAPP

In an effort to address the shortage of certified classroom teachers and in accordance with the provisions of HB 1187, Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) 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."
*Please note that the Clayton County Public Schools TAPP program has rules in addition to the state GaTAPP rules.

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

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 in accordance with 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 and for middle grades, a minimum of 15 credit hours are required. For all TAPP pathways, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is mandatory. 

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 are conducted, virtually, once a month from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Meeting registration is required. 
The Virtual TAPP Interest Meeting schedule and registration links are below:

August 13th November 5th  February 4th 
September 3rd  December 3rd March 4th
October 8th
January 7th April 15th

Click HERE for the recording of the TAPP Interest Meeting conducted on 9/3/20  

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  2020/2021 Cohort. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st Deadline for full application packets for the Winter 2021 cohort is December 11th, 2019

Due to the shutdown of the district because of COVID-19, please email all application packets to the TAPP Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Teresa Marshall.  

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

Other TAPP Information

2019–20 Testing Windows, Registration Deadlines, and Score Reporting Dates
2020–21 Testing Windows, Registration Deadlines, and Score Reporting Dates
GACE Program Admissions Math Help
Current State GaTAPP Rules *

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