• 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, GA 30236
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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. 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 22-23 school year are listed below: 

August 11th  September 8th  October 6th
 November 10th  December 8th  January 12th
 February 9th March 9th April 13th
Please have a TAPP Interest Form completed before the Interest Meeting
TAPP Interest Form  

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  2022/2023 Cohort. Deadlines are as follows:

  • 1st Deadline for full application packets for the Winter 2023 cohort is December 9th, 2022
  • 2nd Deadline for full application packets for the Fall 2023 cohort is May 19th, 2023

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 review. Email all application packets to the TAPP Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Teresa Brown:   [email protected]  

TAPP Interest Form  

TAPP Application Checklist

TAPP Frequently Asked Questions

Other TAPP Information

2021–22 Testing Windows, Registration Deadlines, and Score Reporting Dates
Current State GaTAPP Rules *

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