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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.

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: lled@uga.edu
  • Department head: Anne K. Marcotte
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Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Bachelor's Degrees
    • BSEd in English Education Athens Campus

      This program prepares you to teach secondary-school English with classes in literature, composition, and language as well as student-teaching experience.

    • BSEd in World Language Education Athens Campus

      Earn certification as a world language / TESOL teacher at UGA's highly regarded program featuring hands-on classroom experience and an accomplished, internationally renowned faculty.

  • Dual Degrees
    • AB/BSEd in English/English Education Athens Campus

      Pursue your academic interests and your passion for educating others with a dual degree from the UGA College of Education and Department of English.

    • AB/BSEd in French/World Language Education Athens Campus

      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree

    • AB/BSEd in German/World Language Education Athens Campus

      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree

    • AB/BSEd in Latin/World Language Education Athens Campus

      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree

    • AB/BSEd in Spanish/World Language Education Athens Campus

      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree

  • Minors
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

      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.

  • Graduate Programs
  • Master of Education
    • MEd in English Education Athens Campus

      The MEd in English Education is designed for credentialed secondary school teachers who wish to advance their teaching of English, or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.

    • MEd in Reading Education Athens Campus

      Become a vital part of the literacy learning process with an MEd in Reading Education. The program focuses on issues students face from preschool to high school.

    • MEd in TESOL and World Language Education Athens Campus

      TESOL and world language education has an exciting array of course and degree options for students interested in teaching and learning more than one language.

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • MAT in English Education Athens Campus

      Designed to prepare teacher candidates who have already earned a BA or BS for a certified secondary school teaching position in English, or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.

    • MAT in TESOL Athens Campus

      Gain exposure to new theoretical orientations, research methods, and TESOL teaching approaches with UGA's MAT in TESOL program.

    • MAT in World Language Education Athens Campus

      The MAT in World Language Education offers specialization in Spanish, French, German, Latin, and less commonly taught languages.

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Education Specialist
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • PhD in Language and Literacy Education Athens Campus

      Pursue a career as an educator with our PhD in language and literacy education and experience opportunities to conduct research, publish, and engage in other activities integral to higher education.

  • Doctor of Education
  • Non-Degree Programs
  • Certificates
  • Non-Degree Certifications
  • Endorsements
    • ESOL Endorsement

      Learn to help English learners in your classroom by adding the ESOL endorsement to your teaching certificate through our mostly online program.

    • Reading Education Endorsement

      If you are certified to teach in Georgia, our reading endorsement may be added on to your teaching certificate, giving you expertise in P-5 or 6-12 classrooms.

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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.

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Latest News

Associate professor quoted on religion in schools

September 18, 2017
Kevin Burke was recently quoted on how teachers are prepared to teach religion in schools.

Alumna recognized twice for excellence in teaching

August 23, 2017
Amber Simmons (PhD '12), an English teacher at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia, was one of only 15 winners nationwide to receive the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English High School Teacher of Excellence Award.

Local middle-schoolers interpret art through hip-hop

June 30, 2017
If you visited the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia on a Tuesday afternoon this June, you might have heard someone rapping about women's empowerment.

Journal of Language and Literacy Education

A bi-annual online, peer-reviewed journal edited by graduate students in the Department of Language and Literacy Education.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
16

Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference

The sixth 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.

Nov
28

Middle Grades Education Major Information Session

Come learn about the College of Education's middle grades education major!

Recurring

Georgia Children's Book Awards and Conference on Children's Literature

Established in 1968, the awards aim to foster a love of reading among children of Georgia and introduce them to books of literary excellence.

Recurring

Journal of Language Literacy Education Conference

The JoLLE conference is a unique conference where all presentations are hands-on, rather than the typical "talking heads"

Recurring

The Big Read: A Focus on Robinson Jeffers

Events in conjunction with the NEA's Big Read grant focus on the works of California environmental poet Robinson Jeffers.

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