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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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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
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
6

Critical Literacy for the Standards Workshop

This one-day workshop is designed for elementary teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, tutors, and anyone else who would like to provide high-quality reading instruction and literacy contexts for children.

Oct
11

College of Education Undergraduate Majors Fair

Come learn about the College of Education's undergraduate majors!

Oct
15

Remixing for the Standards: Teaching the Craft of Creating Political Documents (Grades K-12)

In this workshop, we will explore the concept of remix and apply it to the teaching of political documents (speeches, proclamations, treatises, manifestos, posters, photographs, paintings, etc).

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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.

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