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Our specialist program prepares you to take on roles within career and technical education that blend research with practice, improving both teaching and learning. Classes are designed in a hybrid online/in-person format and address the latest skills to:

  • Manage careers within a global economy
  • Cultivate work ethic and communication skills
  • Develop and extend capacity for innovation

This specialist program provides an opportunity for you to complete an advanced degree without an extensive dissertation.

Upon completion, you may be eligible for a certification upgrade in one of the following areas:

  • Business education
  • Family and consumer science education
  • Healthcare science education
  • Marketing education
  • Technology education
  • Trade and industrial education

Program Highlights

  1. Ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Courses offered in teacher-friendly format
  3. Research-based program of study

Deadline to Apply

July 1 (fall), November 15 (spring), May 1 (summer)

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Faculty and Curriculum

Our research-based model for the EdS degree focuses on career, work ethic, and innovation to strategically prepare a global workforce that can navigate work, even in jobs that don't yet exist at the time the education takes place.

The program includes at least 30 semester hours beyond the master's degree. The three major areas of coursework center around career development, innovation, and work ethic. Two courses are taught each academic term (including summers), taught using a hybrid delivery of 75 percent online to 25 percent face-to-face, in-class meetings.

Coursework focuses on the issues of applied leadership, research, and issues in the field.

Face-to-face classes typically take place during four weekends of the semester, Friday evening and Saturday morning in Griffin.

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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Student Life

Because this program is offered in a hybrid format, it allows you to continue your career while furthering your education.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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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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