Fulton's QUESTT Residency Program – Preparing the District's Teachers Today!
Fulton County Schools' award-winning QUESTT Residency Program is an alternative certification program (Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy - GaTAPP) that prepares newly hired teachers who recently transitioned into the field of education. The structured, two-year program is comprised of learning opportunities and supportive interactions aimed at ensuring teacher effectiveness and improving student achievement. Clinical support, mentorship, and coursework are provided to middle and high school teachers and educators in K-12 specialty fields (e.g., Special Education, Career and Technical Education, World Languages, Physical Education, etc.). Throughout enrollment, participants construct an online portfolio that contains artifacts that reflect their growth as educators and must pass the state’s required edTPA assessment. The QUESTT program is a pathway for meeting Georgia professional certification requirements .
In order to meet basic eligibility requirements, applicants must:
Be employed as a Fulton County Schools' middle, high, or K-12 specialty area teacher
Hold at least a Bachelor's degree with an earned G.P.A of 2.5 or above (preference is given to applicants with a 3.0 or higher undergraduate G.P.A.)
Pass the GACE Program Admission Assessment or qualify for an ACT, GRE, or SAT exemption
- Completion of the GACE Ethics Program Entry Assessment
- Pass a GACE Content Assessment(s) aligned with the educator's primary current teaching position and grade level.
- Special education self-contained or resource teachers who are 'teachers or record' must also have successfully passed a GACE Content Assessment(s) for the subject(s) they teach or hold a major or equivalent coursework in the content area(s), prior to entering the program.
- Not have completed a teacher preparation program or hold a certificate from any state
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements above, the application process and program selection are based on:
- Mandatory attendance at a QUESTT Informational Meeting held in September-October of each school year
- Obtaining passing scores on a writing disposition assessment and pre-screening interview
- Submission of a $1,000 program fee
- Two letters of recommendation
- Submission of official university transcripts
- Passing a background check
- Space availability (note-space is limited)
Application packets and the deadline for submitting required documents are issued and discussed at QUESTT Informational Meetings held each fall. A new cohort begins in January of each year.
To register for an upcoming QUESTT informational meeting or for more information about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.