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Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Psychology – Gifted & Creative Education

Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Psychology – Gifted & Creative Education

Margaret Easom Hines, Ph.D.

I am focused on solving the mysteries of why some gifted students do well in school & others do not meet their potential. I see my role as a teacher to design coursework & experiences to help teachers learn how to reach these students.

Margaret Hines, Ph.D.


Offered through the Mary Frances Early 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


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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.

Online Ed.S. Degree in Educational Psychology Admission Requirements

  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 2.6 or above on the 4-point scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are accepted but not required. 
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as a scholar
  • Develop a statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program

Online Ed.S. Degree in Educational Psychology Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus – Online
  3. Select Intended Program – EDS, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) [EDS_EPSY_ONL]
  4. Select Area of Emphasis – Gifted and Creative Education
  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  6. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School. The statement of intent should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals in relation to the program.
  7. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  8. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants 

Spring: November 15

Summer: March 1

International Applicants

Spring: October 15

Summer: February 15


Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates and student fees can change each year. 

Based on 2022 credit hour cost, a person completing this program at the recommended pace would have paid $20,128 in tuition.  

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s current tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. The total for those fees in the fall semester of 2022 was $147 for students enrolled in exclusively online courses. 

Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and technology upgrades. 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

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). 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Online Ed.S. Degree in Educational Psychology Program Structure

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.


 First TermSecond Term
Year 1EPSY 7110e: Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth
EPSY 7060e: Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth
EPSY 6990e: Seminar in Gifted Education (1 hour)
EPSY 7230e: Methods and Materials for the Gifted
EPSY 7250e: Programming and Curriculum for the Gifted

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

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.       


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“​I learned about UGA’s Educational Psychology program through researching online gifted education graduate programs. Every website and blog I found ranked UGA’s program as one of the top online programs available in the field. I knew online learning would broaden my opportunity to learn from institutions well-versed in my desired field. Also, living and teaching full-time in busy Los Angeles, I wanted to experience an education that could flexibly fit my schedule, without having to worry about longer commutes and rigid schedules.”

Sarah Careolo, ’20

“I chose this program for personal reasons, and I also think it’s a good way for me to re-enter school and re-align my professional objectives with my personal ones. It’s been a huge learning curve for me because my degrees aren’t in education, but I would say with teaching English, the experience is there. It’s a huge learning curve but if you’re into it, you can definitely succeed.” 

Sylvie Okada Yamada, ’14

“I craved a degree program that would allow me to work at a substantial pace without feeling overwhelmed if I wasn’t able to complete certain tasks/assignments during the daytime. The courses I’ve taken have allowed me to grow not only as a person but as an educator as well. Looking back, I feel that I am more cognizant, perceptive, passionate, and most importantly, human, when it comes to my students and being in the classroom. We all make mistakes and have rough days. In the end, we are all in this together and you never know what a student may end up teaching you about life!”

Darius Phelps, ’21

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