Some graduate students, after completing their master’s program, find employment near home. Others decide to pursue a doctorate. Emily May chose a slightly different path.
Specialist of Education in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education
Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online Ed.S. 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.
The Ed.S. program requires a minimum of 31 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 may 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 programs are ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2019.
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||31 credit hours||$19,499 USD|
|Student Fees||$597 per semester||6 semesters||$3,582 USD|
|Total Program Cost||$23,081 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.
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 Degree: 31 (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.
- 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 – Submit the Graduate School application online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
- 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
- GRE or MAT
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
- 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.
- Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
- 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.
Summer: March 1
Summer: February 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
This degree requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of course work beyond the Master’s degree and an Applied Project. Students can pursue programs of study according to their experience in gifted education.
|Summer Term||Fall Term|
For subsequent semesters, students will work with their advisors to assemble their programs of study.
Social and Emotional Strand (3 hours)
- EPSY 7260e: Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted
Diversity Strand (3 hours)
- EPSY 7270e: Retention of Ethnic Minorities in Gifted and Advanced Programs
- EPSY 7210e: Multicultural Gifted and Talented Education
Creative Strand (3 hours)
- EPSY 7240e: Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes
- EPSY 8160e: Creativity and Cognition
Educational Psychology Foundations Strand (3 hours)
- EPSY 6010e: Human Development for Education
- EPSY 6800e: Cognition for Education
- EPSY 8160e: Creativity and Cognition
Research Strand (3 hours)
- ERSH 7500e: Action Research
- EPSY 8160e: Applied Research Methods in Gifted Education
- ESPY 6200e: Research Methods in Education
Field Experiences (3 hours)
- EPSY 7110e: Practicum in Educational Psychology
Applied Project in Gifted Education (3 hours)
- EPSY 7650e: Applied Project in Gifted Education
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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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