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Department of Language and Literacy Education


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; reading, writing, children’s literature, and digital literacies; 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.


  • 309/215 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Academic Programs

English Education

The English Education faculty members have legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service at UGA. Their research into effective practices results in many books and journal articles for teachers. This cutting-edge scholarship makes the UGA English Education experience a dynamic one that is always in touch with both important traditions and new ideas.

Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacies

Focus areas within the Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacies Program give future educators the tools to be a vital part of students’ literacy learning from preschool through high school.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer an emphasis from the Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacies Program:

Non-Degree Programs

Including any certificates, certifications, and endorsements:

TESOL and World Language Education

World language education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) has an exciting array of course and degree options for those interested in teaching and learning more than one language.

TESOL and world language education faculty members are multilingual/multicultural language educators and learners.

Student Resources and Services


Undergraduates seeking degrees and certifications as English, world language, or TESOL teachers become part of a close-knit cohort of students who develop strong relationships with their peers, professors, and cooperating teachers. Graduate students can participate in the many social and educational activities of the Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization. For those students with an interest in research and publishing, the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, along with its annual conference, is an excellent outlet for honing those skills.

Faculty and Research


Among recent and current language and literacy education faculty members are two members of the Reading Hall of Fame, two University Distinguished Research Professors, two Aderhold Distinguished Research Professors, and the Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education. These recognitions are in addition to numerous national awards for teaching and research.

Faculty research continues to inform the field through award-winning books and journal articles. In addition, faculty frequently seek to influence public opinion through op-ed pieces in popular news publications.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service


Language and literacy education mainly serves the local community through the grant-supported Red Clay Writing Project, as well as the Reading Clinic (supporting struggling readers by tutoring and educating teachers about effective reading approaches, in person and online) and the Children’s Literature Conference and Georgia Children’s Book Awards (each year, the conference connects teachers and students with current authors and a diverse book selection.

The Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teachers (GECAT) project 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.

Programs, Services, Events

  • Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teacher
    GECAT is a five year Title III federally funded initiative begun in summer 2012. It is a partnership between the TESOL & World Language Education Program at the University and north Georgia schools.
  • Latino Professional Development
    CLASE provides Latino-oriented expertise, short and long-term professional development and workshops regularly for schools, media, community groups, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, courts, and more.
  • Mentoring and Tutoring Latino and English-Learning Children
    Tutor/mentors give their time and knowledge to Latino and English language learning children, and in return, they receive a personal knowledge and understanding about the Athens Latino community.
  • Developing the Next Generation of Educators
    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.
  • Summer Academy for Language, Science and Aspirations (SALSA)
    The Summer Academy for Language, Science, and Aspirations program aims to reduce the achievement gap for Latino student and promote a pipeline to college.
  • Red Clay Writing Project
    Through our summer institute, open institutes, writing retreats, and Saturday workshops, the Red Clay Writing Project offers teachers a wide and engaging list of professional learning opportunities, many for UGA credit or state PLUs. All programs are designed and implemented through the lenses of teacher leadership, teaching for social justice, and teaching in inquiry-based ways.

Outreach Units

  • Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education
    This educational research and development center provides resources, outreach and support for educators working with Latinos across Georgia.
  • Reading Clinic
    The University of Georgia Reading Clinic is one of the oldest continuously run reading clinics in the United States of America. Founded by Dr. Ira E. Aaron, it has offered services to the people of Georgia since 1956.

News & Events

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