Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition & Development
Offered online through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Applied Cognition, and Development program explores the impact of human cognitive, motivational, and developmental processes in education and practice. It is designed with a secondary area of focus in either learning with technology, learning across the lifespan, qualitative approaches to education, or development of high intellectual capability, depending on your personal subject matter interests. Graduates typically go on to careers in various non-clinical educational, training, or research support settings in schools, the military, or colleges and universities. Graduates also find positions in areas addressing lifespan development, religious education, and educational technology.
University of Georgia online Master's in Education programs are ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2022.
UGA's online M.Ed. in Educational Psychology programs are #1 in the nation according to BestColleges.com's 2021 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).
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 Degree: 34 (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.
Prospective candidates must:
- Hold Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses as being 2.6 or above on a 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 purpose and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
- Have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, and email account
- Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
- Select Campus - Online
- Select Intended Program - MED, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology)[MED_EPSY_ONL]
- Select Area of Emphasis - Applied Cognition and Development
- Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as the recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813
- GRE or MAT - accepted but not required.
- International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
- 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 to 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.
- Fall: March 15 (applications received by this deadline will receive priority consideration)
- Fall: July 1 (final deadline)
- Fall: March 15
Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar web site provides up-to-date information on registration dates.
Students are entered in a cohort of 10 students with a minimum of 34 credit hours required for degree completion. The number of credit hours are listed after each course.
|Fall Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
In the first year, faculty recommend that students proceed through the program as a cohort.
First Semester (Fall): 3 courses
Second Semester (Spring): 2 courses
Third Semester (Summer): 2 courses
In the second year, students add a secondary area of intellectual focus, while continuing to acquire educational psychology skills.**
Fourth Semester (Fall): 2 courses
Fifth Semester (Spring): 2 courses
Sixth Semester (Summer): 1 course
**Students select 9 credits from one or more focus areas
(A) Learning with Technology (select from among) :
- EDIT 6150E Introduction to Computer-based Education
- EDIT 6170E Instructional Design
- EDIT 6400E Emerging Approaches in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
- EDIT 6600E Multicultural Perspectives in Technology
(B) Learning Across the Lifespan ( select from among) :
- LLOD 7020E Adult Learning and Instruction
- LLOD 8090E Adult Development and Instruction
- LLOD 8200E Theory and Practice of Educational Change
- LLOD 8050E Multicultural Issues in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development
- WFED 7020E Assessing Student Learning in Workforce Education
(C) Qualitative Approaches to Education (select from among):
- QUAL 8400E Qualitative Research Tradition
- QUAL 8140E Designing Qualitative Research
- QUAL 8420E Analyzing Qualitative Data
(D) Development of High Intellectual Capability (select from among) :
- EPSY 8270E Family and Community Engagement in Talent Development
- EPSY 8230E Divergent and Creative Thinking
- EPSY 7240E Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes
- EPSY 7260E Supporting Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted
- EPSY 7060E Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth
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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