Tiff College of Education

Certificate-Only Programs

Non-degree Certification-Only at the Baccalaureate Level

Tift College of Education offers initial certification programs to students who hold Bachelor's degrees from an accredited college or university in a major other than education and who wish to enter a teacher education program with the intent to seek initial certification in a teaching field. Certifications are offered in: 

  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Middle Level Education

Graduate Non-degree Teaching Certification-Only 

Applicants interested in completing their initial certification requirements through the graduate program on the Atlanta graduate campus must hold a Master's degree from an accredited institution. Certification-only students must first be admitted to Mercer University as non-degree students. Graduate certification is offered in the following areas:  

  • Early Childhood
  • Middle Grades
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Math
  • Secondary Science
  • Secondary Social Studies

In addition to completing and submitting the application for University admission, the applicant should also complete an Application to Teacher Education Candidacy:

Teacher Education Candidacy Macon and Regional Academic Centers Application 

Teacher Education Candidacy Atlanta Application


  • ESOL Endorsement
  • Reading Endorsement
  • K-5 Math Endorsement
  • K-5 Science Endorsement

Performance-based Educational Leadership Certification-Only

Tift College of Education offers a graduate-level, performance-based educational leadership certification-only program to students who: hold a Specialist's (or higher) degree in education from an accredited college or university, hold current Georgia educational leadership certification, are employed in a leadership role or position (as defined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission), and are approved by the employer to pursue performance-based certification (PL-6 or PL-7) eligibility.