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AB/BSEd in English/English Education

Pursue your academic interests in English and your passion for educating others with a dual degree in both areas.

With this option, the College of Education and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have combined the degree requirements of the A.B. and the B.S.Ed.. The result? A program that gives you a broad-based liberal arts education as well as pre-professional education training and certification. This dual degree program offers you teaching certification in English for secondary schools.


  1. Your A.B. studies offer several areas of emphasis
  2. Both general and subject-specific preparation for teachers in training
  3. Limited enrollment allows for personal attention
  4. Excellent job placement record following graduation


Our dual degree program invites you to explore a host of topics in English and to tailor your studies to your interests. You’ll learn how to apply this scholarly background in classroom teaching with practice-tested, theoretically-informed knowledge and strategies.

All students pursuing dual degrees must be advised in both schools/colleges that house those degrees. For this degree, you MUST be advised for the English program requirements by your Franklin College Primary Advisor (Jim Kallerman ) AND for the English Education program requirements by your COE Primary Advisor (Drew Sanford ).

Please note: You must have the same tentative graduation date listed on both your English and English Education majors in order to meet the requirements for dual degree status.

The College of Education’s B.S.Ed. program prepares teacher candidates for the essential duties of the classroom with courses in:

  • The teaching of grammar, reading, literature, and writing
  • Understanding the student learning process
  • Technology for instructing the next generation of students

You’ll take part in student teaching and also design classroom activities that you can use to launch your career.

The Department of English’s A.B. degree program engages you in the nuances of language, writing, and analysis. Our program offers you a host of opportunities:

  • Emphasis in creative writing, medieval literature, studies in the novel, multicultural American literature, and other areas
  • Internships and study abroad programs in media and communication

As a dual degree student in English and English education, you will take 30 hours in major elective coursework, and in your senior year, you will take 30 hours of courses as part of your professional sequence.

You can select from a number of courses to fulfill your major elective requirement, with the aim of providing you a broad-based education focused on your interests in English studies. Course categories include:

  • British and American Literature Before 1800
  • American Literature After 1800
  • World Literature
  • Language, Criticism, and Culture / Language Study
  • English Electives

In your senior year, the professional sequence provides you with knowledge about the learning process, classroom teaching skills, and the field experience to prepare you for your career. Coursework includes:

  • Teaching reading and writing in secondary schools
  • Planning and teaching methods
  • Adolescent literature
  • Supervised field experience
  • Student-teaching seminar in English education, grades 7-12

Both the English and English education faculty members embody a legacy of excellence in teaching and service. Their extensive research and study of effective practices in education keeps you connected both to important traditions and new ideas for your career.

As a dual degree candidate, you will also have the chance to participate in a cohort group with other students. This approach helps extend your conversations across different courses and topics. It also allows you to create lasting personal and professional relationships for your entire career.

How to Apply

Apply to the University of Georgia

The UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. Therefore, a student must be accepted to UGA before entering a College of Education program.

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Academic Advisors

James Kallerman

A.B. English

Drew Sanford

B.S.Ed. English Education

Additional Resources

Please use our online form if you have any questions for the department. Please be as specific as possible so that we may quickly assist you.


The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

The Department of English encourages the study of English and the craft of writing with its essay prizes for undergraduates and its student literary magazine.

As a dual degree student, you have the option to become a member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. This organization is the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. Membership offers you networking, mentoring, and job connections.

Our students may also attend the annual spring conference of the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, our graduate-student-run scholarly journal. This event brings together teachers, activists, and professors from around the world for interactive sessions designed to inspire, engage, create, and transform educational practice.

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