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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

Fields-Smith quoted in Christian Science Monitor

October 21, 2016
Classroom discussions about race are important, says the College of Education professor, but also need proper context.

Doctoral student receives study abroad award from Dr Pepper

October 11, 2016
Shara Cherniak, a third-year doctoral student in the department of educational theory and practice, will participate in a faculty-led program in Ghana during the 2016-17 academic year.

Recent grads win Fulbright teaching awards

October 8, 2016
Kimberly Buice and Sydney Laseter were among 19 University of Georgia students and recent alumni who received Fulbright awards.
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


Fall 2017 Deadline to Submit Pre-Application Essays for COST Program

Submit your pre-application essay by Nov. 1 to be considered for the fall 2017 COST program.


Teaching Teens Alumni Panel

Come learn from College of Education alumni about what it's like to teach teens today!


Using Literary Theory for Social Justice (Grades 6-12)

This workshop is designed to help ELA teachers use literary theory to move past the boundaries imposed on them and their students in our increasingly standardized world.


Fall 2016 Graduation Convocation

Come celebrate the Fall 2016 graduating class!


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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