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

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 Assessment 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 Interest 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), English Language Arts (6-12) and Foreign Language (Spanish and French). 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 or higher 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. 

CCPS TAPP Interest Meeting Dates

  • August 8th, 2019
  • September 5th, 2019 
  • October 10th, 2019 
  • November 7th, 2019 
  • December 12th, 2019
  • January 9th, 2020
  • February 13th, 2020
  • March 12th, 2020
  • April 16th, 2020

*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 sessions 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.  

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Application Deadlines

CCPS TAPP is currently accepting applications for the  2020/2021 Cohorts. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st Deadline for full application packets for the Winter 2020 cohort is December 9th, 2019
  • 2nd Deadline for full application packets for the August 2020 cohort is May 29th, 2020

Please reference the link that reads "TAPP Application Checklist" 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.

Other TAPP Information

TAPP Interest Form
TAPP Application Checklist
GACE Registration and Testing Dates Information
GACE Program Admissions Math Help
Current State GaTAPP Rules *
*Please note that the Clayton County Public Schools TAPP program has additional rules in addition to the state GaTAPP rules.