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.
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 waived for applicants to the Summer 2023 term start.
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
Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
Select Campus – Online
Select Intended Program – EDS, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) [EDS_EPSY_ONL]
Select Area of Emphasis – Gifted and Creative Education
Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
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.
Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
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.
Spring: November 15
Summer: March 1
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.
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).
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.
EPSY 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
For educators, especially in the area of gifted and creative education, the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) are highly respected and very important assessment tools. In fact, because the TTCTs are the most highly reliable and widely used tests of their kind, there is a need for teachers who are properly trained to offer them.
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.
Years spent in graduate school are undoubtedly a stressful and anxiety provoking period in a person’s life. There are academic pressures, family pressures, career pressures and the pressure to balance it all. We know how much more complicated this all gets that you are achieving your degree online. Below are some…
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”