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The MEd in Reading Education is designed for teachers interested in becoming stronger and more capable literacy instructors.

The program lets you choose from among five different emphases, divided by literacy topics and grade-level bands. The structure of the MEd reflects the Georgia elementary and secondary certifications. You will take part in a collaborative learning environment focused on literacy issues P-12 students face in and out of the classroom. We look forward to learning with you.

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Deadline to Apply

For on-campus study:
October 15 (Spring)
February 15 (Summer, international)
April 1 (Summer, domestic)
April 1 (Fall)

For online study:
October 15 (Spring, international)
November 15 (Spring, domestic)
February 15 (Summer, international)
April 1 (Summer, domestic)
April 15 (Fall, international)
June 30 (Fall, domestic)

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Teaching Certification (P-5 and 6-12)

Choose this option if you would like to enhance your knowledge about the foundations of reading development, instruction, and assessment.


  1. A top 10 ranked graduate program, according to U.S. News & World Report
  2. Internationally recognized faculty
  3. Course formats include online, off-campus, hybrid, weekends, and nights
  4. Endorsements and certificate upgrades available

Faculty and Curriculum

This is a 36-semester-hour, non-thesis program designed for teachers who are interested in becoming stronger and more capable literacy teachers.

Through this program, you will study with faculty leading new and innovative research and teaching practices associated with literacy education, explore multimodal approaches to instruction, and engage with diverse communities. Your learning experiences will easily translate into practices that apply to daily life.

There are five emphases, divided by literacy topics (reading education, children's literature and language arts, and new and digital literacies) and grade-level bands (P-5 and 6-12), which reflect Georgia elementary and secondary certifications.

To earn a certificate upgrade upon receiving a degree, be sure to select an emphasis that matches your initial certification level and confirm your match with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and your school district.

The required reading courses will enable you to obtain your reading endorsement. Any other add-on endorsements you'd like to obtain (e.g. ESOL, gifted) may be taken as part of your program of study.

Coursework includes:

  • 9 hours in educational foundation courses
  • 12 hours in reading core courses. Options include survey of reading instruction, practicum in reading instruction and assessment, and content area literacies
  • 12 hours in LLED electives
  • 3 hours in research

This program culminates with your writing and defending a comprehensive paper on your evolution as a literacy instructor with regard to your philosophy and pedagogy.

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

Throughout your experience earning a Master of Education degree, you will study with faculty who are leading new and innovative research and teaching practices associated with literacy education.

You will have the chance to get to know students from a diverse background of professional experiences. These relationships are invaluable in helping you to develop your skills as a teacher.

Get involved in activities, organizations, and events, such as the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language and Literacy Graduate Student Organization, and the Children's Literature Conference and Book Awards.

Book a campus visit

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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