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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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Program Highlights

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

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

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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