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Before You Begin

Gather the following documents:

  • Official transcripts that document all college coursework and degrees you have earned.
  • Credentials you have earned related to ECE.
  • Credentials from ECE training you have attended.
  1. On the PDR home page, click the "New User?" link.
  2. Complete the registration form by entering a User Name, Password, and a valid e-mail address.
    • User Name must be at least three characters in length.
    • User Name may contain alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and the special characters "period," "dash," "underscore." (. - _).
    • Password MUST be at least eight characters in length.
    • Password MUST contain at least three of the following types of characters: English upper case (A-Z); English lower case (a-z); numbers (0-9); and non-alpha special characters ($, !, %, ^, ...).
  3. After clicking "Register," you will be notified by e-mail when your account has been created. This process should take no longer than 30 minutes. If you do not receive an e-mail after registering for the PDR, see "Contact PDR Support."
  • To log in to the Registry the first time, you must first authenticate your e-mail address. For HTML formatted e-mails, click the link in the confirmation e-mail you received from the Registry upon successful registration. For text only formatted e-mails you may be required to copy and paste the link provided in the e-mail to your browser address.
  • Upon authentication you will be approved to access the Registry. Log in by entering your User Name and Password on the PDR home page.
  • Initial log in will take you to the Contact Information screen.
  • The Contact Information screen MUST be completed and saved before you can navigate to any other screen.
  • The Education, Employee, and Training screens can be accessed and completed in any order; the Other Career Data and Demographics screens are not accessible until the screens in the Required Information section are completed and submitted.
  • Required information is marked with an asterisk (*).
  • After entering your information on each screen, click "Save" to validate and save your information.

You can navigate between the screens by:

  • Clicking the arrows at the bottom of the screens (<< for previous screen, >> for next screen)
  • Clicking one of the tabs on the top bar

If you change any data on a screen and attempt to navigate away from the screen without saving your data, you will be notified and have an opportunity to cancel navigation or continue without saving.

The left column on the data entry pages and My Profile page includes the following information: your basic account information, the status of each data entry page, and an icon legend.

  • Account Information Summary — displays the following information regarding your account.
    • Name
    • Username
    • PDR # — The PDR # will remain blank before submitting your initial registration.
    • Career Level — This value will indicate pending, verified status, and expired credentials and will change based on PSC information.
      View the Career Level document (pdf opens in a new window)
    • Renewal Date — Renewal date is assigned based on initial submission date.
      • Submissions received January 1-June 30 will have a renewal date of December 31 of the current year.
      • Submission received July 1-December 31 will have a renewal date of December 31 of the next year.
  • Required Information — displays required* sections and their current status.
    "Training" is not required for submission and assigning a career level, but we strongly recommended that you report all training completed as it may affect your assigned career level.
  • Optional Information — displays optional sections and their current status.
  • Icon Legend — The icon legend is a visual guide to the icons used throughout the PDR website.
    • Data Entry Incomplete — indicates you have not yet completed data entry on that screen.
    • Data Entry Complete — Indicates you have entered the minimum required data entry for that screen. (Icon it does not indicate accuracy or level of completion for an individual user. You are responsible for ensuring that each data entry screen is fully completed.)
    • Submit Document — Indicates the data entry item is Pending. Before submitting your registration for verification, each data item that requires supporting documentation will display this icon.
    • Document Received — Indicates the PSC has received the supporting documentation for this data entry item.
    • Completed/Verified — Indicates the data entry item has been evaluated and verified successfully.
    • Verification Failed — Indicates the data entry item was not successfully verified. For more information go to "Verification Failed Reasons".

Upon submission of your registry profile you receive a detailed e-mail indicating all items you identified in your profile that require documentation for verification. The required documentation for each of these credentials is indicated in that e-mail. Once all required documentation has been received, or after 60 days, which ever comes first, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) evaluates the submitted documents and the items in your profile for which verification is required. If the received documentation is satisfactory, the credential will be verified. There are a number of reasons that could cause an item to fail verification. Here is a list of common reasons:

  • Lack of supporting documentation
  • Untimely submission of the certificate
  • Degree is from a non-accredited college/university
  • Degree is in a non-qualifying field of study
  • Insufficient hours of courses in ECE
  • Expired certificate
  • Non-ECE related credential
  • Non-qualifying credential
  • Expired credential
  • Expired CDA certificate
  • Expired out-of-state teaching certificate
  • Non-verifiable credential

If you have one or more items that fail verification, these items will be listed in the e-mail that you receive after verification of your profile is completed, along with the reason that the item failed. Items that fail verification will not be considered in the determination of your career level. To correct the failed item, you will need to update your registry profile with the correct information, resubmit your profile, and submit the required documentation to the PSC within 60 days of the date your profile was resubmitted.

The PDR can generate the following three reports in pdf format.

  • Registry Profile — The Registry Profile is a formatted report of all data entered into the Registry. This report will display all items regardless of their verification status. This report is not intended for employment application submission and is considered an unofficial document.
  • Training History — The Training History is a formatted report of all verified training data entered into the Registry. If no verified training data is available, this report will be blank.
  • Resume — The Resume is a formatted report of all verified data entry with the exception of training data, which is in a separate report. If no verified data entry information is available, this report will be blank.

To run a report:

  1. Hover the cursor over the "Reports" menu item on the top grey horizontal menu.
  2. When a sub-menu of reports displays, click the report you want to run.
  3. The report will run in the background of your browser. Upon completion a file download/save dialog box will appear asking if you want to open or save this file. Clicking "Open" will open the pdf (you must have Adobe Reader installed to perform this task); clicking "Save" will prompt you to save this file on your computer.

PDR nor PSC staff has access to passwords. No one at the PDR or PSC will ever request password information. Do not share your password with anyone.

To change your password, locate and click the "My Account" link/icon in the top right corner of your browser window. This will take you to the "My Account" page.

  1. Enter Current Password.
  2. Enter New Password.
    (You must comply with the password requirements as expressed on the screen.)
  3. Click the "Change Password" button to complete the task.

To change your user name, locate and click the "My Account" link/icon in the top right corner of your browser window. This will take you to the "My Account" page.

  1. Click the link on the right side of the screen for “Change User Name”.
  2. Enter new User Name. (You must comply with the User Name requirements as expressed on the screen.)
  3. Click the “Change User Name” button to complete the task.

If you forgot your login information, you may submit a request for retrieval.

  1. Click the "Forgot Login Information?' link that appears below the "Log In" button on the PDR home page.
  2. Enter the e-mail address used for your account. If you are unsure or do not have access to that e-mail address, contact support for additional assistance.
  3. Click the "Enter" button.

A confirmation message will appear and an e-mail with further instructions will be sent to the account address on file.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your registration, contact the PSC. The PSC office hours are 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday.

  • Toll Free — 1.866.258.7737
  • Fax — 404.232.2661
  • E-mail — PDR@gapsc.com
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After you have completed the required information, your My Profile page is enabled. The My Profile page will be your homepage after you've logged in and completed the required data entry information. Displayed on the My Profile page is a summary listing of the data entered in each section and the current status of that section. Your registration is submitted for leveling from this page.

Each section on My Profile displays the data you have entered for that section as well as the current status of that section. Each section can be collapsed to hide the information and reduce screen size. To collapse or expand a section simply click the arrow Down Arrow Up Arrow on the right of the section heading.

Please see General - Left Summary Column.

To receive a Career Level, you must submit your registry profile for verification. To submit your registry profile:

  1. Review your information on the My Profile screen to ensure all data has been entered completely and accurately.
  2. Check "I have reviewed my profile and verify that my information is correct" (located at the bottom of the My Profile screen).
  3. Click the "Continue" button. (located at the bottom of the My Profile screen).
  4. After reading the assessment authorization, check "I authorize assessment and agree to above terms and conditions."
  5. Click "Submit." Successful submission is identified by the success message that will appear on screen.
  6. Click "Return to Profile" to return to the My Profile page.

After you submit your registration, you are in "Pending" status, and access is disabled to the Required Information sections (Contact, Education, Employment, and Training). Access to the Optional Information and Demographics sections, however, is enabled. Once the PSC has completed the review of your profile, your career level will be assigned, your status will be changed to "Active", and all sections of your profile will again be available to be updated.

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You must complete and save the "Contact" section before submitting your registration for verification or navigating to any other screen.

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).

  1. Enter the requested information.
  2. Click the "Save" button.
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Your Career Level will be based on your education, years of experience, and the credentials you have received early care and education. Therefore, you must complete the "Education" section before submitting your application for verification.
You must complete the "Training" section to obtain the highest Career Level for which you qualify.

  • If an item has no expiration date and has been evaluated as verified by the Professional Standards Commission (PSC) that item is no longer modifiable.
    • High School degree — Radio buttons are disabled after the high school degree or GED is verified or a post-secondary degree is verified.
    • Post Secondary degrees — Edit/Delete options for that item will no longer appear in the Action column.
    • Coursework and Credentials — Checkbox will be disabled.
  • If a CDA credential is within six months of expiration, you will be able to add a renewal for the item.

If you have education or certification information on file with the PSC, you will see this information here. Any information imported from the PSC does not need to be re-entered. If your PSC information is shown incorrectly, submit changes to the PSC.

If your PSC Level Data includes a degree where the Major is displayed as 'Unknown', this indicates that the PSC does not have your degree major in their records. If your degree in an ECE-related field, it is possible that your calculated career level is at a lower level because you are not getting credit for this degree. In this case, you should enter the degree again in the Post Secondary Education section and designate the correct ECE-related degree. You will be required to submit your official transcript to have this degree verified.

For detailed information about your certification or to view your certification status or previous certification correspondences, please login to your MyPSC account at https://mypsc.gapsc.org/.

If you do not have a MyPSC account, you can register at https://mypsc.gapsc.org/Register.aspx.

You can view additional information about PSC certification levels at http://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/StepsToTeach/cert_lvls_degrees.aspx.

MyPSC Accounts are for current Georgia educators and for individuals in the process of becoming a Georgia educator. If you have certification questions and have not submitted an application, documents, or assessment scores to PSC, return to PSC's main website at http://www.gapsc.com or call 404-232-2500 for further information.

If you have PSC information on file, Secondary Education will be pre-populated and disabled for your convenience, and you may skip this section.

  1. Select "Yes" or "No" for High School Degree/GED.
    • If "No" is selected, you may check "High School Student" or "GED in Progress."

If you are currently working on a degree, any early childhood education (ECE) related courses you have completed could be considered for training hours and may impact your current Career Level. These courses should be entered in the Training section.

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).

Add any post-secondary degrees you have completed that are not already displayed in the PSC section at the top of the screen. To add a degree:

  1. Click the "Add Degree Information" button.
  2. Enter the requested information.
    • The date can be populated using the calendar date menu or manually entered. If manually entered, enter in the format of mm/dd/yyyy.
  3. Click the "Save" button.

If you selected Psychology, Social Work, or Other as your Major or Minor Degree in Post Secondary Education, this section will become visible. For the previously mentioned degrees to be considered ECE-related, you must have 15 semester or 25 quarter hours of ECE-related courses. Only classes entered in this section will be verified, so list ALL classes you want to be considered for verification. For a list of courses considered ECE-related, reference the ECE-related course list.

If you have completed a course not included on this list that you believe is ECE-related, list it here and fax a course description to the PSC at 404-232-2661. Include your PDR # (found on the top left corner of the "My Profile" page) on the faxed documents and cover page to ensure the course is identified as your credential for consideration.

Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).

  1. Click the "Add ECE-Related Training" button.
  2. Enter the requested information.
    • The date can be populated using the calendar date menu or manually entered. If manually entered, enter in the format of mm/dd/yyyy.
  3. Click the "Save" button.

As you click the boxes indicating your credentials, the required fields will be indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Enter the requested information.
    • For dates where only the month and year are applicable, enter the first day of the month as the date.
    • The date can be populated using the calendar date menu or manually entered. If manually entered, enter in the format of mm/dd/yyyy.
  2. Georgia Teacher Certification, based on a valid out-of-state teaching credential, is temporary and expires at the end of the current school year associated with the verification date of the credential.
  3. Click the "Save" button.
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You must complete the employment information before submitting your registry for verification.

  1. Select "Yes" or "No" for current employment in Early Care and Education.
  2. If "No" is selected:
    • Select your employment status from the drop-down list.
  3. If "Yes" is selected, you must enter the following:
  1. Enter the number of years and months of experience in Direct Care and ECE Administration.
    • If none, enter a 0 for that item.
  2. Click the "Save" button.
  1. New Users: Click the "Select Roles" button. Returning Users: Click the "Update" button.
  2. Check all of the Direct Care Roles and Indirect Services Roles that you currently perform.
  3. Select ONE Primary Role.
  4. Click the "Save" button.

If you selected a Direct Care Role, the age groups will become visible.

  1. Select all that apply.
  1. New Users: Click the "Select" button. Returning Users: Click the "Update" button.
    • Searching by Name or Location
      1. Enter all or part of Provider Name
      2. AND/OR County
      3. AND/OR Zip.
    • Searching By License Number
      1. Choose license prefix type from the drop-down list.
      2. Enter entire license number.
  2. Click the "Search" button.
  3. Select your current employer from the result list by double clicking the provider row, or click once to highlight the row and click the "Select" button.
    • If your employer is not listed in the search results click the "Provider Not Found" button. Then you may click the "search again" or enter your employer manually.
    • Manual Entry
      1. Enter employer information. Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).
      2. Click the "Save" button.
  4. Enter the date in which you started working for this employer.
  5. Click the "Save" button.
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You are not required to complete the training information section; however, completing the training section ensures you obtain the highest Career Level for which you qualify and provides a resume of training validated by Bright From The Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

  1. Click on the “Add Training” button and select the Training Type from the drop-down list.
    • State Approved Training – the training completion certificate has a code, TG-BFTS-nnnnn (don’t confuse with the Trainer’s code TR-BFTS-nnnnn). Click here for a list of State Approved Trainings and codes.
    • Approved Entity Training – the training completion certificate has a code, AE-BFTS-nnnnn. Click here for a list of Approved Entities and codes.
    • State Accepted Training – this is training sponsored by Bright From The Start and usually administered by Georgia State University – Best Practices Department. Click here for a list of State Accepted Trainings.
    • Conference
    • Curriculum Training
    • Other ECE Related Credentials (not related to a degree) – use this type to get credit for courses taken during the pursuit of a degree that was not completed. If you are still pursuing a degree that will be completed, then wait until the degree has been awarded then add the degree in the Education section. If this type is chosen then you will be expected to have an official transcript sent for review, even though the degree was not completed.
    • Other Type of Training
  2. Provide the requested information based on the Training Type selected. Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).
  3. Click the "Save" button or the "Cancel" button to return to the Training screen.

As each training entry is saved, it will be displayed in the Training Attended grid. Before submitting your registration, you will be able to edit or delete a training entry from the grid. When you enter, edit, or delete a training entry, you will get a message letting you know that your entry saved successfully.

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plusOther Career Data

You are not required to complete the other career data section; however, completing the other career data section will provide you with a more complete record of your career information and experience skill set.

By default, changing your current employment on the Employment section will automatically move the prior employment to your employment history record. Or, you can update your employment history manually.

  1. Click the "Add Employer" button.
  2. Enter employer information. Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).
  3. Click the "Save" button.

Credentials listed in this section are not verified by the PSC; however some employers may require specific credentials with supporting documentation.

As you click the boxes to indicate other credentials, the required fields will be indicated with an asterisk (*).
The date can be populated using the date menu or manually entered. If manually entered, enter in the format of mm/dd/yyyy.

If you want to record a credential that is not listed, you can add a custom item.

  1. Click the "Add Other Credential" button.
  2. Enter credential information. Required fields are noted with an asterisk (*).
  3. Click the "Save" button.

Five categories of Memberships and Contributions are provided in this section, or you can add categories/items. Professional Memberships and Contributions are not verified by the PSC.

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plusDemographics

You are not required to complete the information in the demographics section in order to submit your registration for the PDR. However, demographic information helps in defining and identifying needs and strengths within the early care and education profession and in driving policy making.

The information can also be used to support grants and other incentives for which Bright from the Start applies that are often awarded based on identified populations, specific qualifications, geographic regions, and available or provided services.

The information in the demographics section is not verified by the PSC.

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