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Become an expert literacy educator-scholar in your field with our flexible, challenging PhD program in Language and Literacy Education.

Develop close mentoring relationships with our award-winning faculty for support and guidance through your program. You will have numerous opportunities to apprentice on research projects, author articles and book chapters, present at national and international conferences, and teach university courses.

Our department includes faculty who are experts in three areas of language and literacy: English education, literacies and children's literature, and TESOL/world language education. As a student, you may select an emphasis from among five areas that align with the Georgia Performance Standards requirements for certification upgrade.

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English Education

English education at UGA balances important traditions and new ideas as well as theory and practice in an exclusive setting that allows for extensive personal attention.


  1. Our elementary education graduate programs ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Our secondary education graduate programs ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  3. Graduates eligible for high levels of teaching certification from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  4. Nationally and internationally celebrated faculty
  5. Graduates placed nationally in top-tier universities

Faculty and Curriculum

In our PhD in Language and Literacy Education, you will become proficient in your chosen area of concentration through formal internships (in both research and university teaching), special courses and independent research projects.

You will be required to take our introductory seminar (LLED 8000) and four research courses, as well as complete a research apprenticeship and fulfill the diversity studies requirement. Students who wish to qualify for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission T6 or T7 promotions must consult planning sheets for their emphasis area.

In consultation with a major professor, students form a doctoral committee made of faculty who reflect the student's research goals. This team charts a path through the coursework, the comprehensive examination, the prospectus, and eventual dissertation.

You will gain a broad core of proficiencies through the language and literacy education program's courses as well as courses in other departments and programs. Candidates become proficient in their chosen area of concentration through formal internships (in both research and university teaching), special courses, independent research projects, and, often, paid assistantship duties.

A hallmark of our program is the close mentoring relationships doctoral candidates develop with our award-winning faculty.

In consultation with a major professor, you will form a doctoral committee comprised of faculty who reflect your specific research goals. This team will help you chart out a path through your coursework, comprehensive examination, prospectus, and eventual dissertation.

To receive your doctoral degree, you will take a minimum of 40 semester hours of academic credit. This includes a minimum of 30 semester hours for admission to candidacy (16 hours of which must be 8000 and 9000 level courses) and 10 hours of dissertation work. Requirements include:

  • An introductory seminar (LLED 8000)
  • Four research methodology courses
  • A research apprenticeship
  • Diversity studies

The research apprenticeship pairs doctoral students with our nationally and internationally recognized faculty on a range of research activities. Past students have worked on writing grants, research design and implementation, collaborative writing and presenting, and community service work.

If you wish to qualify for a T6- or T7-level promotion, you are required to take three specific courses that align with your teaching field and initial certification, as determined by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. See your program of study form for more information.

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

As a doctoral student in language and literacy education, you will find yourself immersed in a true learning community: one that cultivates a culture of well-being, belonging, contribution, communication, and exploration.

Collaborate with your peers by participating in the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, the Language & Literacy Education Graduate Organization, and the Children's Literature Conference.

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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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