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MA in Education (Literacies and Children's Literature)

Embark on a rich and in-depth exploration of literacy topics in this flexible program aimed at non-teachers as well as experienced educators. You’ll craft a personalized course of study focused on your experience and interests.

Working with our internationally renowned faculty, you’ll develop the skills to conduct original research, making this degree a good precursor to doctoral studies or work in research.


  1. Ranked in the top 10 graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report (2015)
  2. Flexible course format including full- and part-time, online, on-campus, or hybrid
  3. Research-oriented program with thesis
  4. No certifications or certification upgrades


Our MA degree program provides you with an opportunity to strengthen your content background and to develop your research skills. Through coursework and individual faculty guidance, you will develop the skills needed to conduct original research, making this degree a good precursor to a doctoral degree.

The MA degree is a 30-semester-hour program emphasizing research and theory. It is designed primarily for students who are interested in advanced knowledge about literacy and are not certified teachers. A thesis is required for completion of this degree.

In this program, you will study with faculty leading new and innovative research and teaching practices associated with literacy education. You will explore and analyze theories, issues, and approaches in the research of literacy across the lifetime (early childhood through adult learners), while developing research and inquiry skills to conduct your thesis project. You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will support you in the planning of your program of study, which includes the areas of education foundations; reading, writing, children’s literature and digital literacies; electives; and research-oriented courses. With the guidance and instruction of faculty with great contributions, publications, and accolades in the literacy field, this program will prepare you to engage in critical inquiry and analysis of issues in literacy education.

Degrees can be completed as a part-time or full-time student. Students have options to take courses in all face-to-face, all online, or some combination of face-to-face and online environments.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the MA in Education (Literacies and Children’s Literature)

While completing your Graduate School application, please include the following documents:

  • Current resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample of no more than 20 pages
  • International applicants are required to submit either their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Email your writing sample to the department and include your name, desired degree program and emphasis (i.e. EdS-World Language), and the words “writing sample” in the subject line.

Additional Requirements and Recommendations

  1. You must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  2. We recommend an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher

Deadline To Apply

  • October 15 (spring)
  • February 15 (summer, international)
  • April 1 (summer, domestic)
  • April 1 (fall)

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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.

Faculty and Advisors

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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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.

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

Expand your literacy experience through the college’s Journal of Language and Literacy Education , the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization , and the Children’s Literature Conference and Book Awards .

You will also work closely with a faculty advisor to create a personalized course of study, and have the opportunity to take advantage of our flexible part-time, night, weekend, and online learning options to design a program that works for you.

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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