Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education

Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education 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. This philosophy will be expressed through a focus on instruction, research, and service. This M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 37 semester hours of coursework and a final written comprehensive examination. After completing the first four courses, you will qualify for the Gifted In-Field Endorsement for the State of Georgia. Graduates from this program assume a variety of roles including those of college or university professor, classroom teacher, coordinator of school system programs, coordinator in state departments of education, or educational consultant.

University of Georgia online graduate education programs are ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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.


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.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 37 credit hours $23,273 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $26,855 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 $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.

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). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  37 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

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

  • 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

Summer:  March 1

International Applicants

Summer:  February 15

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


Program Structure

Students in this fully online M.Ed. degree program will take a minimum 37 credit hours and a final written comprehensive examination. The advisory committee may modify the outlined program of study according to the individual student’s needs.



  Summer Term Fall Term
Year 1
  • EPSY 7110E: Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth (3 hours)
  • EPSY 7060E: Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth (3 hours)
  • EPSY 6990E: Seminar in Gifted Education (1 hour)
  • EPSY 7230E: Methods and Materials for the Gifted (3 hours)
  • EPSY 7250E: Programming and Curriculum for the Gifted (3 hours)

For subsequent semesters, students will work with their advisors to assemble their program of study

Social and Emotional Strand (3 hours) 

  • EPSY 7260E: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted

Diversity Strand (3 credit hours)

  • EPSY 7270E: Retention of Ethnic Minorities in Gifted and Advanced Programs 
  • EPSY 7210E: Multicultural Gifted and Talented Education

Creative Strand (3 credit hours) 

  • EPSY 7240E: Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes 
  • EPSY 8160E: Creativity and Cognition

Educational Psychology Foundations Strand ( 3 credit hours) 

  • EPSY 6010E: Human Development for Education
  • EPSY 6800E: Cognition for Education
  • EPSY 8160E: Creativity and Cognition

Research Strand (3 credit hours) 

  • ERSH 7500E: Action Research
  • EPSY 8160E: Applied Research Methods in Gifted Education
  • ESPY 6200E: Research Methods in Education

Field Experiences ( 6 credit hours) /strong>

  • EPSY 7110E: Practicum in Educational Psychology


News & Events

UGA Online Educational Psychologist Mark Runco Contributes 30 Years of Creativity Research to NEA Report

Mark Runco, a professor of educational psychology at the College of Education, who teaches in the Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education online program, recently participated in a workshop and a report called, "How Creativity Works in the Brain." He was selected to represent the creativity research field during the two-day meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico with several artists, neuroscientists and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) representatives. 

Online Professor Sally Krisel Speaks Out About Gifted Learners

In an article recently released by the District Administration, Dr. Sally Krisel, a professor within the online UGA Ed.S. in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education program, contributed to a discussion about gifted learners and their treatment within the U.S. school system.

This World Traveler Came Back to Her Roots to Pursue Her Online M.Ed.

Emily Heath LaFon is a UGA graduate student living in Munich, Germany.  A native of Georgia, LaFon has been teaching at an international school in Germany for the past four years where she has a classroom of 19 third graders representing 17 nations.

Online Professors Bring Students into the Community

Tarek Grantham and Meg Hines, online Gifted and Creative Education professors, also teach a First-Year Odyssey semester together that takes UGA freshmen into the Athens community.

What Do Employers Think of an Online Master’s in Education?

US News and World Report investigated what employers really think of an applicant with an online Master of Education and they found that as long as the degree is accredited for the state, employers are impressed!

UGA Online Faculty Member to Collaborate with Department of Defense Research

A UGA Online faculty member, Dr. Bonnie Cramond, is involved with research with the Department of Defense.

UGA Online Ranked in Top Five Best Online Programs in Two More Categories.

BestColleges.com has, once again, ranked the University of Georgia online programs highly. UGA was named fifth best online school earlier this year. Now it is on two more lists. It is number five on the list of Best Online Masters in Education programs.

Special Collections Libraries Gifted and Creative Education Materials Grow

Materials about the U.S. Presidential Scholars, now complement the UGA Special Collections Library’s existing collection highlighting gifted education. The U.S. Presidential Scholars program honors gifted high school seniors that show talent in the creative fields.

Gifted and Creative Education Ph. D Graduates Honored with Research Award.

Two Graduates from the Gifted and Creative Education Ph.D. program, Dr. Selcuk Acar and Dr. Kristy Kowalske, were selected by the American Creativity Association for the E. Paul Torrance Graduate Student Research award for 2014.

UGA Online Professor, Bonnie Cramond, Wins National Honor

Bonnie Cramond, faculty member in the online Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education programs and former Director of Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development was honored by the (National Association for Gifted Children) Distinguished Service Award in November at the Cel


Contact Information

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

Email us using the request for information form or call 1 (706) 452-7933