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Prepare to work in a school or other learning environment, where you will be adept at tailoring curriculum and programs to better meet the needs of your students. This program will prepare you to work with a general student population, understanding the ways children learn, or in a setting working with gifted and creative students.

This emphasis is built on the research and traditions of eminent scholars in gifted and creative education. As you progress through the coursework, you will become grounded in the idea 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. Your coursework and research will focus on instruction, research, and service.

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  1. Learn from Fellows of the American Psychological Association
  2. Offered in Athens and online
  3. Most educational specialist students are part-time


Offered both in-person and online, this degree program is designed for students who want to work in schools after graduation. This degree also meets the GaPSC requirements for a certification upgrade for public school teachers. You will take a minimum of 31 hours, including a final applied project.

Faculty members are experts in the areas of gifted education, diverse populations of high-ability students, and creativity. Faculty are active at both the national and state level in gifted associations.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.

How to Apply

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the EdS in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Creative Education)

While completing your Graduate School application, note that your 3 letters of recommendation should be from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably, at least 2 of the 3 letters will be from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.

Deadline to Apply

Applied Cognition and Development

Applications are accepted for each term (fall, spring, summer).

Gifted and Creative Education

  • Applications for the online EdS program are accepted for summer semester matriculation only. All application materials should be received by March 1.
  • Applications for the on-campus EdS program are accepted for fall semester matriculation only. All application materials should be received by June 1.

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Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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