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Come work, study, and learn with the nationally and internationally recognized faculty of the Department of Language and Literacy Education. We offer a wide and robust selection of endorsement, certificate, and degree programs for educators interested in literacy learning and language acquisition. Whether on campus, online, or some combination of the two, there is a language and literacy program to fit your needs.

Our three areas of focus—English education, literacies and children's literature, and TESOL and world language education—provide cutting-edge instruction marked by innovative design, challenging content, and rich professional relationships. Graduates of our BSEd, MEd, MAT, and EdS programs take their expertise to schools throughout the Southeast, while our doctoral graduates populate research-intensive universities across the nation.

Admission to programs and majors in the Department of Language and Literacy Education will not be adversely affected at the department level by an applicant's history of participation in social justice activism or in peaceful protests seeking social or political change.

Contact Details

  • Address:
    315 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone:
    706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)
  • Fax: 706-542-3817
  • Email:
  • Department head: Anne K. Marcotte

Support our programs

Research Grants

Outreach Programs

  • CLASE FIESTA Program (Future Innovators Elementary Summer Thinking Academy)

    The CLASE FIESTA program brings Athens-area Latino and Latina students to the University of Georgia campus for an eight-day summer program, introducing students to community problem solving.

  • CLASE SALSA Program (Summer Academy for Language, Science and Aspirations)

    The Summer Academy for Language, Science, and Aspirations program aims to reduce the achievement gap for Latino student and promote a pipeline to college.

  • CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring Program

    The CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring program is a two-day-a-week after school enrichment program targeting third- to fifth-grade English learners at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School.

  • Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teacher

    GECAT is a five-year, Title III federally funded initiative begun in summer 2012. We provide ESOL endorsement courses to teachers in our partner districts. Classes are FREE to teachers — tuition and books are provided by the GECAT program, and participants receive a small stipend for each course. Courses are offered on-site at partner schools. Teachers will earn UGA graduate credit.


Upcoming Events


A Seat in the Shade (Week 1)

The first in a series of weekly summer poetry readings. This week features Soham Patel and Jenny Sadre-Orafal


A Seat in the Shade (Week 2)

The second in a series of weekly summer poetry readings. This week features Sabrina Orah Mark and Lemuel "Life the Griot" LaRoche.


A Seat in the Shade (Week 3)

The third in a series of weekly summer poetry readings. This week features Sharon Nuruddin and Dave Bottoms.


A Seat in the Shade (Final Performance)

The final in a series of weekly summer poetry readings. This week features Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Josina Guess, Charlee Cain and UGA graduate students.