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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. Develop a deeper understanding of human development, how students learn, and what motivates students in educational settings. Because we require a rigorous but limited number of core courses, you may tailor your program of study to your individual research needs. This program is designed for education-based practitioners who want to become learning specialists.

Program Highlights

  1. Learn from Fellows of the American Psychological Association
  2. Take on leadership positions in schools
  3. Most educational specialist students are part-time students

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Faculty and Curriculum

Take core courses in cognition, development, and motivation, and sharpen research skills with classes in statistics, research methodology and measurement.

We encourage you to focus on your research interests and take courses in fields such as psychology, social work, development, linguistics, and education.

Faculty members have expertise in fields such as reading development and vocabulary, mathematics strategies, cultural influences on achievement, and early intervention. They are also active in national organizations and have served in a number of positions, including dean of the college of education, editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education and president of the American Psychological Association Division 15 (Educational Psychology).

This degree program does not meet the GaPSC requirements for a certification upgrade for public school teachers.

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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