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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

  • 630 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Department head: Cynthia B. Dillard

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Latest News

Amazing Student: Abbe Van Gorder

June 27, 2016
Abbe Van Gorder is making the most of her time at UGA by pursuing a double major, taking on a role as a student ambassador and earning scholarships.

Professor weighs in on racial, gender bias in school discipline

June 11, 2016
Bettina Love says she is concerned that teachers often misunderstand the identities of African-American girls.

Professor receives Trueba Award from AERA

June 8, 2016
Cynthia Dillard received the Henry T. Trueba Award for her distinguished contributions leading to the transformation of the social contexts of education.
Cover art for the Georgia Social Studies Journal

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

Upcoming Events

Sep
10

Close Reading: Teaching Kids to Read Closely Without Killing the Love of Reading (Grades 3-12)

This workshop is an opportunity for teachers to receive in-depth training on important literacy education issues from teacher consultants who are experienced presenters and experts in their fields.

Sep
30

9th Annual State of Education in Georgia Conference

This one-day conference will include keynotes, breakout sessions, and discussions on several timely topics related to the State of Education in Georgia.

Oct
21

Innovation in Teaching Conference

This one-day conference highlights innovative teaching and teachers across all departments in the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

Oct
25

Professional Development Schools (PDS) Workshop: Forming Sustainable School District and University/College Partnerships

In this one-day workshop, faculty and administrative representatives from the College of Education and Clarke County School District will teach participant teams how to build sustainable partnerships and maximize the benefits of PDS for all stakeholders.

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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.