Gifted In-Field Endorsement
Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online Gifted In-Field Endorsement 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.
Students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another UGA program or department or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status in the Department of Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Program. Students in MEd, EdS and PhD programs in gifted education meet the criteria for certification upgrade in the State of Georgia. By taking the endorsement series at the onset of the program, degree seeking students, at the time of completion, can apply to the GAPSC for upgrade in their certificate.
The University of Georgia’s Gifted Endorsement is a State Board of Education (SBOE) approved program. The State Board of Education grants in-field endorsement. To add Gifted In-Field, an applicant should possess a professional certificate at the bachelor’s or higher certification level in any teaching field. A teaching certificate is valid only in the state for which it is issued.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, and Technology. Potential additional costs include textbooks, exam proctoring fees, and 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 Certificate: 12 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: N/A
Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Gifted In-Field Endorsement and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation. Prospective students may either be pursuing a graduate degree in another program or may apply to the graduate school for non-degree status in the Department of Educational Psychology, GCE Program.
Non-degree students should contact Dr. Meg Hines, 706-542-5774 (email@example.com), to be cleared for registration.
- Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International
- Select Campus - Online
- Select Intended Program - Non Deg Gift & Creat Ed Endors [NON_GIFT_END]
- Statement of Purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application
- Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission. Send one copy to the graduate school AND one copy to the department graduate coordinator
International applicants - must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores
- May and Extended Summer Session: April 1
- Summer Semester: March 1
- Summer Semester: February 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates
Students in this fully online graduate certification program will take a minimum of 12 credit hours. Courses are offered on a rotating basis. A maximum of two campus visits may be required per term.
Successfully complete the following four courses, or their equivalents:
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.