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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.


English Education

The English Education faculty members have legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service at UGA.

Literacies and Children's Literature

Literacies and Children's Literature

TESOL and World Language Education

Earn a degree in TESOL and World Language Education and teach in the US or internationally. Help others learn a second language and expand your career options to a global level.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Dual Degrees


Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Non-Degree Programs



Research Grants

  • Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teachers (GECAT) Project

    This grant funds a five-year Title III initiative to provide ESOL professional development to in-service educators working with English learners in north Georgia schools.

    • Sponsored by: U.S. Department of Education
  • Justice as Praxis in Education Conference

    The conference will convene expert justice-oriented university researchers, K-12 practitioners, K-University students, and parents around theorizing justice imperatives, promoting pedagogical justice as praxis projects, and doing methodological justice.

    • Sponsored by: Spencer Foundation Conference Grant
  • Russian Flagship Program

    This grant establish the first Russian Flagship Program in the U.S. Southeast creating a unique regional, as well as national, pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to the U.S. competitiveness and security.

    • Sponsored by: Institute of International Education

Outreach Programs

  • 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.

JoLLE Newsletter

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education is a peer-reviewed, open access journal edited by graduate students. Since 2004, JoLLE has engaged readers in a broad spectrum of issues related to the field. As an online journal, JoLLE encourages submissions that incorporate multiple modes. Graduate students, under faculty advisement, are responsible for the entire process of editing and producing two issues a year. In addition to scholarly articles, JoLLE publishes Arts and Poetry, book reviews, and a monthly Scholars Speak Out feature. It also produces an annual spring conference that generates content for the spring issue. JoLLE provides graduate students with a dynamic experience that prepares them for their own careers in academia.

Visit the JoLLE Website

Student Organizations

International Association of Reading Graduate Studies (IARGS)

We support the study of the teaching of reading.

Faculty advisor: Jennifer Graff

Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE)

This organization promotes the interchange of ideas among the literacy education community.

Faculty advisor: Peter Smagorinsky

Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization (LLEGO)

The Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization (LLEGO) is a vibrant and active student organization.

Faculty advisor: Sara B. Kajder

Faculty and Staff

Donna E. Alvermann

  • The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor

Kevin J. Burke

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Dell Perry Giles

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor

Mary Guay

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Allison U. Nealy

  • Clinical Professor and Department Head

Contact Us

Department Head: Allison U. Nealy

315 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)
  • Fax: 706-542-3817
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