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MEd in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Creative Education)

Become an expert in basic human development and learning and motivation, or focus on gifted and creative education or quantitative methods. With flexible core classes, you will be able to study a research area that suits your needs.

A large portion of our program involves in-depth research and analysis, and you will graduate with a strong grasp of your chosen topic and the research experience to be a leader in your field. Our graduates are consistently recognized for their innovative work, which covers diverse topics such as the impacts of curriculum and beliefs on learning, empirical studies of student behavior, new methods of assessment, and pushing the boundaries of giftedness and creativity.

Graduates of our program go on to teach in schools or other educational settings, or they continue studies to become research leaders.

About the program

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 teach and support gifted, creative, and advanced P-12 students. Because this degree has a more applied emphasis than the masters of arts, it is primarily designed for students who want to work in the schools. Students take a minimum of 37 hours and a comprehensive final exam.

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  1. Faculty are Fellows of the American Psychological Association
  2. Find programs in Athens and online
  3. Low faculty-to-student ratio
  4. Get a gifted and creative education degree in 37 credit hours
  5. Courses address creativity, diversity and social-emotional topics


This emphasis is built on the research and traditions of leaders in the gifted field, and 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 take two semesters of a practicum in which you design a personalized experience in the areas of instruction, advocacy, administration, or research.

Offered both in-person and online, this degree program is designed for someone who wants to work in schools after graduation. This degree program meets the GaPSC requirements for a certification upgrade for public school teachers. You will take a minimum of 37 hours and a comprehensive final exam.

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 and have served in positions including:

  • Board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children
  • Editor of the Creativity Research Journal
  • Editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education
  • Director for the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development
  • Editorial board membership for journals such as the Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Creative Behavior, Roeper Review, and Urban Education.

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program.

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 M.Ed. in Educational Psychology (Gifted and Creative Education)

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

Deadline To Apply

  • Gifted and Creative Education (on-campus): June 1 deadline for start of Fall Semester
  • Gifted and Creative Education (online): March 1 deadline for start of Summer Semester, November 1 deadline for start of Spring Semester

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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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.

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

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