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Overview

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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Social Studies Education Review

Journal cover The Social Studies Education Review is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to foster critical discussion of teaching and learning in PreK-16 social studies. We understand social studies to include various disciplinary strands (history, economics, geography, political science) as well as social education (learning about self in relation to others in communities large and small). We are particularly interested in work that acknowledges and examines the interplay of contexts (discursive, socio-cultural, political, structural) as they shape possibilities for powerful social studies learning for all students. We are also always enthusiastic about empirical work focusing on the younger grades! We invite three types of submissions: inquiries, reflections, and tools.

Visit the journal's website.

History and Submission Information

This journal, sponsored by the Georgia Council for Social Studies and hosted by the University of Georgia, began in 1969 as the Georgia Social Science Journal, and served Georgia's social studies teachers by providing practical applications and research.

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Research Grants

  • An Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT)

    This sub-award from the Georgia Institute of Technology involves several units across the University of Georgia. A portion of this award will be used by Cory Buxton to create curriculum materials to broaden interest in the field.

    Steven SticeNational Science Foundation
  • Conceptualizing Emotion in Political Discussions in Classrooms

    Through interview, observation, and video-cued focus group discussions, Dr. Garrett will construct a conceptual framework for accommodating the emotional aspects of facilitating discussions about political issues in classrooms.

    H. Jim Garrett Spencer Foundation
  • Improving Teacher Quality Higher Education Program

    Teacher quality grant projects are for the professional development of teachers in language arts, mathematics, reading, science and/or social studies. Grants can also address teachers' use of technology, alternative assessment strategies, or innovative teaching strategies, all with the goal to strengthen and deepen teachers' content knowledge in their academic subjects with emphasis on how deepened content knowledge impacts teaching practices and student learning.

    Kathy F. Thompson U.S. Department of Education
  • LISELL-B: Language-Rich Inquiry Science with English Language Learners through Biotechnology

    LISELL-B is a National Science Foundation-supported project to implement a large-scale, cross-sectional, and longitudinal study to understand and support the teaching of the language of scientific investigation practices for middle and high school students (grades 6-10) with a special emphasis on English language learners and a focus on biotechnology.

    Cory A. Buxton National Science Foundation
  • Red Clay Writing Project Grant

    Through our summer institute, open institutes, writing retreats, and Saturday workshops, we offer teachers a wide and engaging list of professional learning opportunities, many for UGA credit or state PLUs.

    Stephanie Jones National Writing Project

Outreach Programs

  • Professional Development School District

    This collaboration between the Clarke County School District and the University of Georgia College of Education brings a professor-in-residence to several local schools where they help with professional development, volunteer efforts and student teachers.

News

Turning observation into action

July 16, 2018
Fifteen educators and community members work to commemorate the victims of racial terror lynchings in Athens-Clarke County.