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Expand your teaching horizons and increase your marketability by combining a bachelor's degree in education, focusing on social studies, with a master of education in the same field. Your coursework will help prepare you to become certified in grades 6-12 to teach social studies, a specialty that is in high demand in school systems across Georgia and beyond.

Through this Double Dawgs pathway, you will also have the advantage of completing a student-teaching placement in addition to coursework that focuses on reflective practices and instructional leadership. And because your graduate-level courses are online, you may begin teaching after receiving your bachelor's degree while continuing to work on your master's—and become eligible with a stepped pay increase with the advanced degree.


  • Gain professional experience while working on your master's degree
  • Combine the latest instructional techniques with core content and a yearlong practicum.
  • Become eligible for an increased salary through T-5 certification (master's-level salary)
  • Nearly 100% of social studies education graduates seeking teaching positions had job offers by graduation


In this program of study, indulge your love of world cultures and social sciences through required coursework in your first two years. By year three, begin to take classes in educational theory and social studies education. Following graduation with a BSEd at the end of your fourth year, you will continue with graduate coursework through the following summer and fall.


All current undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a Double Dawgs program. Please contact the program's pathway advisor for more information.

The program faculty may request additional materials before admissions decisions are finalized. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  • Statement of purpose (short essay)
  • Official transcripts

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above are exempt from the entrance exam requirement.

Deadline To Apply

Cohorts begin in the spring semester each year. Prospective students can apply during the entire year before their intended spring semester start.

Application decisions are usually made within two to three weeks of a complete application. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and those decisions generally will be made within two to three weeks of a complete application.

Visit the Double Dawgs website for more details.

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Meet Your Advisor

Meet Your Advisor

A close working relationship with your advisor is key as you progress through your program of study. Please note that most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

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

Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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Faculty and Staff

Sonia Janis

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence
  • Assistant Director