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Overview

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. You will focus on instruction, research, and service.

As you move through this program, you will develop knowledge and skills to research teach and support gifted, creative, and advanced P-12 students. Students in this option conduct research and complete a thesis project.

This program is appropriate for students who want to pursue a deeper understanding of how students learn and what makes effective learning environments, and want to continue to work in higher education and develop their own research. Graduates of our master of arts program usually continue on to a doctoral degree. A large portion of our program involves in-depth research and analysis, and you will graduate with strong theoretical grounding in your specialization and research experience to be a leader in your field.

Program Highlights

  1. World-renowned faculty
  2. Gain a master's thesis as part of a research-oriented program
  3. Faculty are Fellows of the American Psychological Association

Deadline to Apply

Applications are accepted for fall semester matriculation only. All application materials should be received by June 1.

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Faculty and Curriculum

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. You will conduct research that will culminate in a thesis.

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

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.

Tuition rates

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

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

Requirements

  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

Requirements

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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