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If you are interested in being a part of your community as a teacher, teacher leader, or researcher, study with the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. We are home to initial certification programs at the bachelor's and master's levels in:

  • Early childhood education
  • Middle grades education
  • Secondary social studies education

We also provide continuing education for these areas through master of education and educational specialist degrees, as well as a doctoral program in educational theory and practice.

Faculty and students work with projects that integrate research, teaching, and service through community engagement. Local projects include:

  • Professional Development School partnership with the Clarke County School District
  • Science education professional development projects with surrounding school districts
  • Social studies education partnership with the Cobb House museum
  • Collaboration with homeschooling families
  • Neighborhood-based education center emphasizing creativity and critical literacies

Our faculty are highly productive, award-winning researchers and teachers. Our grant-funded projects expand knowledge around issues in teaching, learning, and learning to teach in varied contexts. Our faculty regularly publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and newspapers, and present at workshops.

Contact Details

  • 630 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Department head: Cynthia B. Dillard
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Latest News

Sophomore launches mentor program at Clarke Middle School

Feb 3, 2016 Filed under: service and community, spotlight, schools and administrators, students and faculty

College of Education sophomore Mansur Buffins helps local students at Clarke Middle School feel more connected to campus.

New faculty grant seeks next generation of active learning

Jan 18, 2016 Filed under: research, service and community, students and faculty

Glickman Challenge Grant for Project-Based Learning aims to link classroom lessons with a larger goal.

Three graduates receive Georgia Power New Teacher Assistant Grant

Jan 11, 2016 Filed under: kudos, alumni, schools and administrators

The teachers received the 2015 Georgia Power New Teacher Assistance Grant to help purchase books, computers and other supplies for their classrooms.

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Georgia Social Studies Journal
A quarterly online, peer-reviewed journal featuring topics of interest to elementary and secondary social studies educators.

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