Frequently Asked Questions
If I have questions concerning teacher preparation, who should I contact?
Dr. Charles Meadows, Director
Center for Teacher Preparation
Office: Brawley Hall, Room 230
How can I be sure that I want to be a teacher?
A great way to find out is through practical experience. Volunteer in a public or private school at the grade level and in the subject area that you think you want to teach. The Morehouse College Center for Teacher Preparation can assist you.
I have heard that a person has to be “certified” in order to teach in a public school. What does that mean?
Every state requires public school teachers to meet a set of educational, ethical, personal, and or other standards. These standards vary from state to state. The Educator Certification Section of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission can help you determine requirements for Georgia schools. Please visit their homepage for current information on teacher certification.
How do I become a teacher?
There are several options currently available for individuals interested in pursuing a teaching career. The traditional route is to complete a state approved teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university. The teacher preparation programs at Spelman College have been approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Eduction (NCATE).
There are several alternative routes available.
- An alternative route would be participation in programs such as GA TAPP (Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program).
- “Teach for America” is another alternative route to a career in teaching.
- At the graduate level, the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) is another alternative route to certification as a public school classroom teacher.
What is the starting salary for a certified high school teacher with a Bachelors Degree in the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) System for the school year 2008-2009?