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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.
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.
- Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
- High Speed Internet Access.
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||$8,742 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 $372 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.
Additional costs may include:
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
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).
Credit and Transfer
Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate: 12 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: N/A
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
- Application – Submit the Graduate School application online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
- Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- 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.
- Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.
- Official Transcripts – Send one copy to the graduate school AND one copy to the department graduate coordinator
- May and Extended Summer Session: April 1
- Summer Semester: March 1
- 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
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.
Successfully complete the following four courses, or their equivalents:
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Guest Blog: Online Video Tutorials for Distance Education Students
The library research resources available to distance learners have never been better. No matter what your topic or where you are studying, the books and articles you need are only a few clicks away. But to find them, you’ll have to learn to use the GIL online catalog and GALILEO databases, which can seem intimidating to the uninitiated.
The fastest way to get started is with the video tutorials created by the UGA Libraries.
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This one, “Welcome to the Libraries,” introduces the most powerful tools available through the UGA Libraries web site in less than five minutes. It also shows you how to gain off-campus access to GALILEO databases and e-books, how to renew your books online, and how to request materials from the Repository. It explains basic services such as how to access materials that have been placed on reserve, how to use GIL Express, and how to use Interlibrary Loan.
Many more video tutorials about library resources and services are available in this libguide for distance learners, http://guides.libs.uga.edu/c.php?g=350137. All are brief, closed-captioned instructional sessions. If you are new to the UGA Libraries or coming back to school after some time off, these tutorials are a great way to get an overview of services or refresh rusty research skills. Here you’ll find videos showing you how to recall books that are checked out to other patrons, when to use GIL-Find or GIL Classic, and how to find UGA dissertations as well as dissertations available at other universities. Other tutorials will help you search specific databases and locate a specific journal article.
We welcome your suggestions for future tutorials. And they’re not the only way you can get library help. You can contact librarians directly by phone at 706 542-3251, or text us at 706-363-0836, chat with us from the libraries homepage, or visit us in the libraries!
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