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If you have your master's degree and are looking to further your language and literacy expertise, our highly flexible educational specialist program allows you to pursue topics that interest you in a format that fits your schedule.

This degree is also a great fit if you wish to further your studies but are unsure if a doctorate is for you. Our graduates return to the classroom with greater expertise and authority, serving as school-based literacy coaches, department heads, Title III program coordinators, parent-school liaisons, and curriculum writers.

Choose from among several areas of emphasis to personalize your program to your background and interests and earn a certificate upgrade.

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Reading Education, Children's Lit, Language Arts, P-5 or 6-12

This emphasis will help you hone your pedagogical capabilities within the diverse field of language and literacy education.

Each program of study involves three core areas:

  • Curriculum and learning
  • Content based on certification level
  • Electives focused on improving student learning


  • Among U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Top 10 graduate programs
  • For working teachers who already hold a master's degree
  • Earn a certificate upgrade when your studies align with initial certification
  • Range of course formats, including online, weekends, and nights

Faculty and Curriculum

Our EdS in Language and Literacy Education is a 30-semester-hour degree program designed for those who wish to prepare for education positions that require a higher level of competence and specialization. Our faculty apply multimodal approaches to instruction and actively engage with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Our expertise in fostering dynamic scholarship on teaching and learning also support you in developing new ideas and advancing your professional objectives. Coursework and affiliated learning experiences can easily translate into daily life.

There are six emphases, divided by literacy topics (English education, reading education, children's literature and language arts, literature and language arts, TESOL, and world language education), and grade-level bands (P-5 and 6-12), all of which reflect Georgia elementary and secondary certifications. Educators who match their initial certification with an emphasis will be eligible for a certificate upgrade upon degree completion; prospective students should check with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and their school district for confirmation.

Any other add-on endorsements you would like to obtain (e.g. ESOL, gifted) may be taken as part of your program of study.

Coursework in this area of emphasis includes:

  • 3 hours in curriculum and learning topics
  • 3 hours of research
  • 3 hours of an applied project
  • 9 hours of content and grade-level specific classes
  • 12 hours of electives for improving student learning

You'll work with an advisor to design a flexible program that works for you and your academic goals.

Whatever format you choose, you'll work with faculty members who are internationally recognized for their innovative teaching practices and research in language and literacy education.

If you align your studies with your initial certification, you should be able to earn a certificate upgrade in that area. Please check with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to confirm your eligibility for a certificate upgrade.

You may also pursue add-on endorsements such as reading, gifted education, ESOL, or educational leadership as part of your program of study.

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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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Expand your experience by getting involved in campus activities including the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization, and the Children's Literature Conference and Book Awards.

Increase your expertise in language and literacy education, meet other educators from around the state, and work with internationally recognized faculty members, all while continuing your career.

Many students take advantage of opportunities to go on study abroad programs in England, Scotland, Fiji, and Costa Rica, among other locations.

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See for yourself how much UGA College of Education has to offer! Schedule a tour of campus to learn more about the UGA student experience.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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