The process of becoming a teacher in Georgia is more rigorous than ever, and college programs that prepare teachers are being held to a higher level of accountability in 2014.
The statewide shift turns to more data-driven oversight to track teachers.
Officials with the University System of Georgia said they are focusing more on the output of a teacher's effectiveness in the classroom than just teacher courses and programs.
Kelly Henson with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission was candid about the change.
"No teacher will be certified to teach in a classroom in Georgia without passing tests and an ability to demonstrate understanding of both content knowledge and classroom teaching. And the bar will be set very high," said Henson.
The changes stem from a four-year effort and will go into effect in February.