Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Performance on External Examinations

College of Education

Educator Certification: GACE

Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) in the College of Education have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (now Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)) since 1955. EPPs are also reviewed and approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC).

Students in all EPPs must pass the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) exams to satisfy program admission requirements and to qualify for an institutional recommendation for certification upon program completion. GACE Content Knowledge Assessment Tests must be passed for program completers to be recommended to the GAPSC for initial certification.

Based on the quality of student cohorts and historical successes with respect to GACE pass rates, the College of Education uses a benchmark of 90% to indicate success. EPP completers continue to consistently meet and exceed the thresholds set by the College of Education.

Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Pass Rates among Georgia College & State University students

+/- GACE Assessment 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23
Elementary Education Test I100%100%98%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Elementary Education Test II100%100%98%100%100%100%97%100%100%100%
Middle Grades Language Arts100%100%95%100%88%100%85%96%86%100%
Middle Grades Reading100%
Middle Grades Mathematics100%100%100%98%86%84%100%84%83%74%
Middle Grades Science100%100%100%100%95%94%81%84%92%94%
Middle Grades Social Science100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
English Test I100%100%100%100%100%93%75%87%83%78%
English Test II100%100%92%86%95%93%82%73%60%56%
Mathematics Test I50%71%89%83%88%83%67%50%
Mathematics Test II60%62%80%75%88%62%100%0%
Biology Test I0%75%100%100%100%89%77%100%33%
Biology Test II0%100%80%100%100%89%85%100%50%
Chemistry Test I100%100%100%100%100%100%
Chemistry Test II100%100%100%100%100%80%100%
Political Science Test I100%100%100%100%100%100%
Political Science Test II100%100%100%100%100%100%
History Test I100%93%92%86%91%93%80%50%86%
History Test II100%92%100%96%85%87%73%0%75%
Agricultural Education Test I
Agricultural Education Test II
Business Education Test I100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Business Education Test II100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%0%
Special Ed Gen Curriculum Test I100%100%100%100%95%98%100%95%89%74%
Special Ed Gen Curriculum Test II100%100%100%98%95%100%100%95%96%89%
Spec Ed Adapted Curriculum Test I100%
Spec Ed Adapted Curriculum Test II100%
Spec Ed Reading Eng L A and Soc Stud100%
Special Education Math and Science100%
Media Specialist Test I100%60%83%100%100%89%83%95%100%92%
Media Specialist Test II86%83%75%93%100%75%100%89%100%100%
Art Education Test I0%0%43%88%62%43%25%86%0%33%
Art Education Test II0%67%100%57%50%50%67%0%40%
Music Test I92%100%100%90%71%44%78%75%67%57%
Music Test II100%100%100%100%83%75%100%92%100
Health and Physical Ed Test I100%100%100%100%92%82%100%100%100%80%
Health and Physical Ed Test II100%100%100%100%100%100%100%94%100%100%
Spanish Test I (Reading/Writing)100%100%100%75%100%83%
Spanish Test II (Listening/Speaking)33%80%86%75%50%83%0
French Test I (Reading/Writing)100%100%100%
French Test II (Listening/Speaking)0%0%50%100%100%
Curriculum and Instruction100%92%100%96%100%
Educational Leadership75%100%98%85%77%90%89%92%
Instructional Technology50%75%100%100%100%100%100%75%
Educational Leadership50%100%