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.
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 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
Have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, and email account
Select Intended Program – MED, Educational Psychology (Educational Psychology) [MED_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 – Upload 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.
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 $23,273 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.
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.
Characteristics of Gifted Children and Youth
Assessment of Gifted Children and Youth
Seminar in Gifted Education
Methods and Materials for the Gifted
Programming and Curriculum for the Gifted
Social and Emotional Strand (3 hours)
Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of the Gifted
Diversity Strand (3 hours)
Retention of Ethnic Minorities in Gifted and Advanced Programs
Multicultural Gifted and Talented Education
Creative Strand (3 hours)
Creativity: Instructional Procedures and Problem-Solving Processes
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