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Certification in Workforce Education

The non-degree programs in Workforce Education are designed for students seeking initial certification in a career and technical education (CTE) specialization area without pursuing a degree program.

Offered through the UGA New Teacher Institute (PACTE-NTI), the part-time course sequence is differentiated based on your educational background and professional goals:

  • Non-Degree Post-Baccalaureate Program
    This pathway serves candidates holding at least a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teaching certification in any career and technical education field. Candidates earn graduate-level credit through the University of Georgia.
  • Certification-Only Professional Learning Unit (PLU) Program
    This pathway serves provisionally certified candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial teacher certification in Health Sciences Education or Trade and Industrial Education. Students earn Professional Learning Units (PLUs) which are applied toward their certification with the GaPSC.

The following Career and Technical Education fields under Workforce Education are approved by GAPSC :

  • Business Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Technology Education
  • Trade and Industrial Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Health Sciences Occupations
  • Engineering and Technology Education

Note: If you plan to teach in marketing, business, technical and family and consumer sciences areas, you must have an undergraduate degree.


  1. Flexible, part-time program available for college or PLU credit
  2. Ideal route to certification for employed teachers with non-renewable certificates
  3. Program begins each June
  4. More than 500 teachers have graduated from the program since 2001, with a substantial percentage now serving as department heads, assistant principals, and principals.


The non-degree program of study will kick off with a 10-day “boot camp” experience at the Athens campus, jumpstarting your knowledge of curriculum and instructional methods, and developing camaraderie among your peers.

The course sequence for teaching certification consists of six core courses with the specific content and training needed to enter the teaching field. Required coursework includes:

  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional methods
  • Internship
  • Foundations of work and family life
  • Students with special needs
  • Human growth and development

Program of Study for Non-Degree Certification (Post-Baccalaureate)

Program of Study for Certification-Only (Professional Learning Units)

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Admission processes are dependent upon the candidate’s goals and background.

Non-Degree Certification (Post-Baccalaureate) Application

Students holding a bachelor’s degree will apply through the University of Graduate School . In the application, prospective students should submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  2. Resume

Start a Graduate School Application

Certification-Only Application (Professional Learning Unit)

Students applying to the Certification-Only (PLU) program will submit their applications directly to the Workforce Education Program. Candidates must:

  1. Be currently employed by a Georgia school system in Health (Occupations) Sciences Education or Trade and Industrial Education (CTE Specializations).
  2. Agree to pay the program fee (established each year by Summer) by the end of the Summer session to the University of Georgia – Workforce Education Professional Academy of Career and Technical Educators (PACTE). The fee includes the Summer PACTE program (Curriculum and Instructional Strategies) and supervision of the year-long teaching internship.

Download the application below and submit it to Dr. Elaine Adams , Program Coordinator.

Download Certification-Only PACTE-NTI Application

Deadline to Apply

May 1 (Summer admission)

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