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If you are interested in being a part of your community as a teacher, teacher leader, or researcher, study with the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. We are home to initial certification programs at the bachelor's and master's levels in:

  • Early childhood education
  • Middle grades education
  • Secondary social studies education

We also provide continuing education for these areas through master of education and educational specialist degrees, as well as a doctoral program in educational theory and practice.

Faculty and students work with projects that integrate research, teaching, and service through community engagement. Local projects include:

  • Professional Development School partnership with the Clarke County School District
  • Science education professional development projects with surrounding school districts
  • Social studies education partnership with the Cobb House museum
  • Collaboration with homeschooling families
  • Neighborhood-based education center emphasizing creativity and critical literacies

Our faculty are highly productive, award-winning researchers and teachers. Our grant-funded projects expand knowledge around issues in teaching, learning, and learning to teach in varied contexts. Our faculty regularly publish in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and newspapers, and present at workshops.

Contact Details

  • Address:
    630 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Department head: Cynthia B. Dillard
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Latest News

Local middle-schoolers interpret art through hip-hop

June 30, 2017
If you visited the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia on a Tuesday afternoon this June, you might have heard someone rapping about women’s empowerment.

Second annual Camp DIVE expands opportunities for students, teachers

May 22, 2017
About 80 Clarke County children will spend a month immersed in history, reading and STEM projects—among others—as the second year of Camp DIVE launches June 5.

Passion for education helps student sew new skills

May 4, 2017
Doctoral student Ashley Nylin enhances student teacher learning and community partnerships.

Social Studies Education Review

A quarterly online, peer-reviewed journal featuring topics of interest to elementary and secondary social studies educators.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
16

6th Annual Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference

The 6th Annual Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers on important and timely topics.

Oct
20

Innovation in Teaching Conference

The Innovation in Teaching Conference highlights innovative teaching practices among educators.

Oct
24

Professional Development Schools Workshop: Forming Sustainable School District and University Partnerships

Visit professional development schools and attend working sessions on how to build sustainable partnerships between institutions.

Dec
14

Fall 2017 Graduation Convocation

Come celebrate the 2017 fall graduates from the College of Education!

Recurring

Red Clay Writing Project Events

Summer institute, writing retreats, camps and Saturday workshops offer teachers a wide and engaging list of professional learning opportunities, many for UGA credit or state PLUs.

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