Overview

Gifted In-Field Endorsement

Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online Gifted In-Field Endorsement is based on the philosophy that giftedness and creativity are expressed in diverse ways among diverse people; that creativity is a universal potential to be nurtured and enhanced; and that the best education is tailored to students’ specific needs and interests for talent development.

Students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another UGA program or department or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status in the Department of Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Program. Students in MEd, EdS and PhD programs in gifted education meet the criteria for certification upgrade in the State of Georgia. By taking the endorsement series at the onset of the program, degree seeking students, at the time of completion, can apply to the GAPSC for upgrade in their certificate.

The University of Georgia’s Gifted Endorsement is a State Board of Education (SBOE) approved program. The State Board of Education grants in-field endorsement. To add Gifted In-Field, an applicant should possess a professional certificate at the bachelor’s or higher certification level in any teaching field. A teaching certificate is valid only in the state for which it is issued.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 12 credit hours $7,548 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 2 semesters $1,194 USD
Total Program Cost     $8,850 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate:  12 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Admission Requirements

Students who are interested in obtaining Gifted In-Field Endorsement must be admitted to the University of Georgia Graduate School. Prospective students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another program, or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status in the Department of Educational Psychology, GCE Program.

Non-degree students should contact Dr. Meg Hines, 706-542-5774 (mhines@uga.edu), to be cleared for registration.

Non-Degree Program Application Checklist

Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
  2. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Statement of Intent – Send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent for the online program in their statement.
  4. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.
  5. Official Transcripts – Send one copy to the graduate school AND one copy to the department graduate coordinator

Application Deadlines

  • May and Extended Summer Session: April 1
  • Summer Semester: March 1

International Applicants

  • Summer Semester: February 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates

Curriculum

Program Structure

Students in this fully online graduate certification program will take a minimum of 12 credit hours. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. A maximum of two campus visits may be required per term.  

Course Sequence

Successfully complete the following four courses, or their equivalents:

  • EPSY 7060 -Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth
  • EPSY 7110 -Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth
  • EPSY 7230 -Strategies and Materials for the Gifted
  • EPSY 7250 -Program and Curriculum Development for the Gifted

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Contact Information

Contact the online Gifted and Creative Education Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

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