North Georgia Regional Service Agency
4731 Old Highway 5 South
Ellijay, Georgia 30540
Monday - Friday
8AM - 4:30PM
We are closed for all major holidays
Be sure to read the entire website BEFORE you submit an application.
To be assessed for eligibility in the North Georgia RESA's GaTAPP program, please mail as a complete packet the following:
Candidates who are accepted into the program will register for the Essentials of Effective Teaching class in the fall of 2018. Registration will be through our online registration system.
2019 Dates of the Essentials Course:
North Georgia RESA is excited to partner with Middle Georgia RESA to offer the STEM Endorsement.
Synchronous via Adobe Connect and Asynchronous via Moodlerooms
STEM Course 1 - North GA RESA Cohort 8/27/18 - 1/21/19
STEM Course 2 - North GA RESA Cohort 2/11/19 - 6/17/19
None to purchase
The cost of this endorsement program is $1280. Payment for the program must be made to NORTH GEORGIA RESA before beginning the first course. Payment may be made in the form of a check to the RESA or arrangements may be made for the RESA to Bill the school system.
For additional information, please contact North Georgia RESA.
The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) is an alternative certification program for classroom teachers.
North Georgia RESA is NOT able to guarantee anyone a position in schools. The North Georgia RESA program supports area school systems having a way to certify teachers that they hire through an alternative certification. North Georgia RESA is NOT an employment agency, will not and cannot help an individual with employment. We recommend that a person seeking employment stay current with the postings on https://www.teachgeorgia.org/ or on the individual school district websites.
The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy (GaTAPP) is an alternate pathway for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution, who did not complete a traditional teacher education degree program, and who want to transition into the teaching profession. In an effort to be responsive to the needs of its members, North Georgia RESA works collaboratively with schools and systems to mitigate teacher shortages through its commitment to a rigorous yet highly supportive alternative preparation program. The goal of the GaTAPP pathway is to equip teacher candidates with the necessary skills for initial success in their classrooms through concentrated training opportunities. Such training coupled with quality, on the job learning supported by supervisors, mentors and administrators establishes an induction program that will nurture the growth of teacher candidates.
The North Georgia RESA Alternative Preparation Program is:
Applicants should understand:
As candidates enter the North Georgia RESA GaTAPP program, supervisors and mentors note skills and talents candidates bring with them from previous experiences that aide in the transition to classroom teacher. Throughout enrollment, an analysis of knowledge, performance and dispositions is performed via classroom observations, mentoring activities, cohort trainings and collaborative conversations. Data on the candidates is collected and used to diagnose weakness and differentiate support. Seminars, additional coursework and targeted individual supports relative to specific performance and needs are provided for teacher candidates. These interventions support the movement of the novice teacher candidate towards proficiency in content knowledge, pedagogical skill, and professional dispositions as they engage in learning tasks which are reflective of the mission and beliefs of North Georgia RESA.
The philosophical basis for North Georgia RESA’s GaTAPP program is expressed in seven core beliefs that summarize the agency’s disposition toward the provision of effective teacher preparation. They provide the rationale for the practices implemented to ensure a high-quality program.
1. We believe that an effective Teacher Alternative Preparation Program provides:
2. We believe that every teacher candidate should be prepared to recognize the diversity that each learner brings to the education process and modify the learning environment to accommodate:
3. We believe that Teacher Alternative Preparation Programs should infuse appropriate technology into the instructional program by:
4. We believe instruction in an effective Teacher Alternative Preparation Program incorporates and models:
5. We believe that instructors in an effective Teacher Alternative Preparation Program should be:
6. We believe that teacher candidates in a Teacher Alternative Preparation Program should be:
7. We believe that decisions regarding policy and resource acquisitions should be:
Click HERE for the consolidated RESA System Calendar. This Calendar includes important dates for NGRESA and member systems. It includes holidays, breaks, planning days, and other dates.
System dates were accurate at the time of creation but are subject to change. Please consult each system's official calendar for the most up to date information.
TAG-Ed is dedicated to strengthening Georgia's future workforce by uniting Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) resources with leading education initiatives while emphasizing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). TAG-Ed works to elevate the quality and effectiveness of Georgia’s schools in order to produce more students pursuing STEM specific majors in institutions of higher education and ultimately STEM-related careers.