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Become a leader in the fields of teaching, learning, human development, and behavior in our Educational Psychology programs. Graduate-level researchers study how students think and learn, the science of giftedness and creativity, quantitative methodology, and the best practices in the field of school psychology.

By crafting personalized plans of study, we prepare you to be an educational researcher, theorist, or practitioner who works to serve diverse populations. Our department comprises four interconnected areas of emphasis, which provide depth and flexibility to customize your program of study and become an expert in the research skills to build knowledge about the ways students think and learn.

  • Applied cognition and development: Explore the effect of cognitive and developmental processes on education, and determine how that knowledge can be applied to teaching and learning
  • Gifted and creative education: Follow the philosophy 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 student's specific needs for talent development
  • Quantitative methodology: In this program, not only will you make advancements in the field, but also connect these solutions to real-world problems in educational and social science research
  • School psychology: Learn to become a clinically skilled psychologist who understands and works within accepted scientific principles and guidelines

Our department is also home to several leading research centers and clinics that offer opportunities for practical experience working with clients and conducting research projects. This includes the School Psychology Clinic, the Academic Computing Center, and the Georgia Center for Assessment. Our students also may work closely with the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development.

Our faculty members have been awarded millions of dollars in federal and private funding for research on topics such as:

  • Assessment and remediation of children's reading difficulty
  • Sex differences in mathematics strategies
  • Underrepresented populations in gifted education
  • Creativity
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary development
  • Diagnostic classification models
  • Preschool intervention for children living in poverty
  • Design of student-centered learning environments
  • Dropout prevention

Contact Details

  • Address:
    323 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Department head: Scott Ardoin
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Latest News

Alumnus receives staff award from Office of the Vice President for Instruction

July 18, 2017
Gregory Spillers (PhD ’17), director of the Pre-Health Advising Office at UGA, was recently honored with the Lightbulb Award for his innovative ideas and creative solutions to improve student services.

Problem solved: Faculty member helps Stroud students at international competition

June 22, 2017
Started by lecturer Meg Hines, the school's Community Problem Solving team investigated and created a rain garden to improve a watershed.

Presidential Scholars event highlights UGA connections

June 13, 2017
The first-ever awards program honors a College alumna, while a new partnership with UGA houses the Scholars' archive.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
16

6th Annual Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference

The 6th Annual Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers on important and timely topics.

Oct
20

Innovation in Teaching Conference

The Innovation in Teaching Conference highlights innovative teaching practices among educators.

Oct
24

Professional Development Schools Workshop: Forming Sustainable School District and University Partnerships

Visit professional development schools and attend working sessions on how to build sustainable partnerships between institutions.

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