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About the College

Faculty who will guide you to your next big breakthrough. Experiences that put you in professionals’ shoes. Opportunities to explore your career path in communities nearby and around the world.

Welcome to the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education.

In February 2020, the UGA College of Education was officially named in honor of Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African American graduate and a pioneering music educator who played an integral role in the campaign for racial equality in Georgia and across the South. Through this naming, we commemorate Early’s indelible impact at UGA as well as her distinguished career in music education.

Learn more about Ms. Early’s history of breaking barriers

We have a passion and commitment to improve the world around us. As one of the largest public colleges of education in the country, we feel it is our mission to empower the next generation of leaders in education, counseling, health and well-being, and movement sciences. We do this through immersive experiences where our students learn by doing, and our faculty encourage exploration, community engagement, and pushing boundaries.

Explore our range of degree programs and non-degree programs , our research labs , and the experiences offered to students . Or, schedule a tour of the College! We look forward to meeting you and helping you create change in your world.

Our Campuses

We offer degree programs, hybrid in-person/online courses, and professional development opportunities at UGA campuses in Athens, Gwinnett, and Griffin.

Can’t make it in person? We are UGA’s leader in online education—we offer dozens of degrees, certificates, and endorsements through UGA’s Office of Online Learning to fit your schedule.

AthensOur Athens campus offers a full range of classes as part of the full- or part-time student experience. Classes take place in Aderhold Hall , River’s Crossing , and the Ramsey Student Center .
GriffinOur Griffin Campus offers an undergraduate degree in special education and graduate degrees in mathematics education, student affairs leadership, and workforce education.
GwinnettOur Gwinnett Campus offers graduate degrees in adult education, counseling, educational administration and policy, human resources and organizational development, educational leadership, and learning, design, and technology.

Dean and Administration

Our DeanDenise SpanglerDenise A. Spangler is dean of the Mary Frances Early College of Education, Bebe Aderhold Professor in Elementary Education, and professor of mathematics education.

Department Heads

Each of our nine academic departments is led by a department head who excels in their area of expertise.

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A Commitment to the Future

At the UGA Mary Frances Early College of Education, our students see their futures through hands-on experience in labs and classrooms. Browse our research areas to find a project that sparks your passion, or learn about experiential learning opportunities that are unique to our programs.

A Commitment to Each Other

Beyond schools, labs, gyms, and clinics, we know that change for the better comes one individual at a time. Our faculty, staff, and students share a deep sense of duty and dedication to improve human lives, and our academic programs reflect this commitment.

A Commitment to a Better World

We believe strongly in the power of community connections. That is why all of our programs have roots in outreach efforts that connect research and theory to real-world change. Learn more about the ways the College works with partners locally, across the state, and beyond .

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