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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology – Gifted & Creative Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Psychology – Gifted & Creative Education

Sakhavat Mammadov

Teaching is a profound way to share knowledge and empower others.

Sakhavat Mammadov

Associate Professor

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Offered through the Mary Frances Early College of Education, the University of Georgia’s online M.Ed. 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. This M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 37 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 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 Master’s in Education programs are ranked #3 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2022. 


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Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  37 (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.

Admission 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 the 4-point scale
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores are 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
  • Have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, and email account

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online. Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Select Campus – Online
  3. Select Intended Program – MED, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) [MED_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 – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to 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 may change each year.

Based on the 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who had completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $23,865 in tuition. Reference this sheet to identify the current credit hour rate for your program of interest.

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

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

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • 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.


Program Structure

Students in this fully online M.Ed. degree program will take a minimum 37 credit hours and a final written comprehensive examination. The advisory committee may modify the outlined program of study according to the individual student’s needs.

Required Courses

EPSY 7110ECharacteristics of Gifted Children and Youth 3
EPSY 7060EAssessment of Gifted Children and Youth 3
EPSY 6990ESeminar in Gifted Education 1
EPSY 7230EMethods and Materials for the Gifted 3
EPSY 7250EProgramming and Curriculum for the Gifted2

Social and Emotional Strand (3 hours)

EPSY 7260ESupporting the Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted3

Diversity Strand (3 hours)

EPSY 7270ERetention of Ethnic Minorities in Gifted and Advanced Programs 3
EPSY 7210EMulticultural Gifted and Talented Education3

Creative Strand (3 hours)

EPSY 7240ECreativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes 3
EPSY 8160ECreativity and Cognition3

Educational Psychology Foundations Strand (3 hours)

EPSY 6010EHuman Development for Education3
EPSY 6800ECognition for Education3
EPSY 8160ECreativity and Cognition3

Research Strand (3 hours)

ERSH 7500EAction Research3
EPSY 8160EApplied Research Methods in Gifted Education3
ESPY 6200EResearch Methods in Education3

Field Experiences (6 hours)

EPSY 7110EPracticum in Educational Psychology3

 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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