The Georgia Association of Christian Schools has developed the Professional Employee Certification Program (PECP) for the benefit of its member schools. The Program provides objective standards for evaluating and recognizing the preparation and experience of current and prospective employees.
PECP also provides parents with the assurance that professional educators have examined the credentials of those to whom they entrust their children for academic training. This Program requires that the employing school recommend the applicant and that he/she subscribes wholeheartedly to the GACS Statement of Faith.
This service to schools and parents must not be misconstrued as a license to teach or perform other duties in a Christian school, and it should not be represented as such to parents or to governmental entities. The program basically provides a uniform procedure for appraising professional credentials.
Certificates are issued in the following categories: Paraprofessional, Kindergarten Teacher, Early Childhood or Elementary Teacher, Middle School Teacher, Secondary Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Counselor, and Administrator. The application procedure and endorsements required are listed in the Certification section of the Accreditation Program Manual.
- The applicant must be employed by a GACS member school.
- The applicant must subscribe, without reservation, to the GACS Statement of Faith.
- The school employing the applicant must recommend him/her as worthy of certification.
- The applicant must meet the stated academic requirements.
- The application fee must accompany the application.
- The applicant must have official transcripts of all college education sent by the colleges directly to the school at which he/she is currently employed, and then the administrator sends all of the official transcripts along with the application to the GACS Office.