Overview

Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development

Offered online through the College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition and Development program explores the impact of human cognitive, motivational, and developmental processes in education and practice. It is designed with a secondary area of focus in either learning with technology, learning across the lifespan, qualitative approaches to education, or development of high intellectual capability, depending on your personal subject matter interests. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching, lifespan development settings, research in schools and industry, institutional research, religious education, military education, and educational technology.

University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #6 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

UGA's online M.Ed. in Educational Psycology programs are #2 in the nation according to BestColleges.com's 2016 ranking of online Master’s in Psychology programs.

 

Accreditations

University of Georgia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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 34 credit hours $21,386 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters

$3,582 USD

Total Program Cost     $24,968 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office 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 Degree:  34 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 9

Only transfer credits from an accredited institution will be considered. If transfer credit is awarded, it will still be necessary to complete the required number of hours to graduate, which will more than likely necessitate additional coursework above and beyond the degree program requirements.

Admission Requirements

Prospective candidates must:

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 2.6 or above on 4-point scale
  • Provide valid Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
  • Develop statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection, and email account

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE or MAT
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  4. Statement of Purpose – Upload to the Graduate School application. A statement of purpose should clarify your relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate your intent for the online program.
  5. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  6. Letters of Recommendation – During the online Graduate School application process, name three individuals to serve as references. Upon completion of the online application, those three individuals will be sent an automatically generated email, which they should use to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably, at least one letter of recommendation should be from a college professor who has instructed you in a previous program of study.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants

  • Fall: April 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 are entered in a cohort of 10 students with a minimum of 34 credit hours required for degree completion.

Courses

  Fall TERM  Spring Term Summer Term 
Year 1
  • EPSY6010E Foundations of Human Development for Education 3
  • EPSY6800E Foundations of Cognition for Education 3
  • EPSY6990E Seminar in Educational Psychology 1
  • EPSY6060E Foundations of Motivation for Education 3
  • ERSH6200E Methods of Research in Education 3
  • EPSY6300E Applied Statistical Methods in Education 3
  • EPSY7500E Action Research 3
Year 2

Students select secondary focus for the degree and complete two remaining foundational classes (EPSY7160e and EPSY 7650e)

  • EPSY7160E Nurturing Independent Learners 3
  • Select course from secondary focus  3
  • Select course from secondary focus  3
  • Select second course from secondary focus  3
  • EPSY7650E Applied Project in Educational Psychology 3

 

Students select 9 credits from one or more focus areas

(A) Learning with Technology (select from among) :

  • EDIT6150E Introduction to Computer-based Education
  • EDIT 6170E Instructional Design
  • EDIT 6400E Emerging Approaches in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • EDIT 6600E Multicultural Perspectives in Technology

OR

(B) Learning Across the Lifespan ( select from among) :

  • EADU 6070E Survey of Educational Gerontology
  • EADU 7020E Adult Learning and Instruction
  • EADU 8090E Adult Development and Instruction
  • EADU 8200E Educational Change
  • EADU 8050E Multicultural Issues in Adult Education
  • WFED 7020E Student Learning in Workforce Education

OR

(C) Qualitative Approaches to Education (select from among):

  • QUAL8400E Qualitative Research Tradition
  • QUAL 8140E Designing Qualitative Research
  • QUAL 8420E Analyzing Qualitative Data

OR

(D) Development of High Intellectual Capability (select from among) :

  • EPSY8160E Special Topics in Educational Psychology – Family and Community Engagement in Talent Development
  • EPSY8160E Special Topics in Educational Psychology – Creativity and Cognition
  • EPSY7240E Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes
  • EPSY7260E Supporting Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted
  • EPSY7060E Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth

News & Events

UGA Nationally Reaffirmed as a Top Military School

Once again, the University of Georgia has been nationally reaffirmed in 2016 as Military Friendly, Best for Vets and a Top Military College/University. Since the establishment of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) in the spring of 2013, UGA has made significant progress in connecting student veterans to one another, as well as to campus and community resources. UGA continues to maintain active affiliation with both the Student Veterans of America and the Got Your Six campaign, where faculty and staff attend a training session to become certified as veteran-friendly.

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Distance Learning Librarian

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A guest blog written by Dr. Theodore J. Kopcha of the Learning, Design, and Technology program at UGA Online. 

I want to begin by saying that I love teaching online. I’ve done it for over 10 years and I could not imagine my teaching any other way – teaching online has forced me to face many realities and grow in my teaching practice. People are often surprised by my enthusiasm. Colleagues ask me if teaching online is the same as teaching face-to-face (which I’ve also taught).

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The instructional design team at the Office of Online Learning takes pride in working with faculty to create online learning experiences that live up to the academic standards of the University of Georgia. We also consider how the environment we work in can support the continued offering of the courses we help develop. To this end, we encourage faculty to engage in sustainable course development practices for all online courses.

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Contact Information

Contact the online Educational Psychology Applied Cognition and Development Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

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