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Come work, study, and learn with the nationally and internationally recognized faculty of the Department of Language and Literacy Education. We offer a wide and robust selection of endorsement, certificate, and degree programs for educators interested in literacy learning and language acquisition. Whether on campus, online, or some combination of the two, there is a language and literacy program to fit your needs.

Our three areas of focus—English education, literacies and children's literature, and TESOL and world language education—provide cutting-edge instruction marked by innovative design, challenging content, and rich professional relationships. Graduates of our BSEd, MEd, MAT, and EdS programs take their expertise to schools throughout the Southeast, while our doctoral graduates populate research-intensive universities across the nation.

Admission to programs and majors in the Department of Language and Literacy Education will not be adversely affected at the department level by an applicant's history of participation in social justice activism or in peaceful protests seeking social or political change.

Academic Programs

Contact Details

  • Address:
    315 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone:
    706-542-4505 (general inquiries)
    706-583-8130 (student inquiries)
  • Fax: 706-542-3817
  • Email:
  • Department head: Anne K. Marcotte

Support our programs

JoLLE Newsletter

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education is a peer-reviewed, open access journal edited by graduate students. Since 2004, JoLLE has engaged readers in a broad spectrum of issues related to the field. As an online journal, JoLLE encourages submissions that incorporate multiple modes. Graduate students, under faculty advisement, are responsible for the entire process of editing and producing two issues a year. In addition to scholarly articles, JoLLE publishes Arts and Poetry, book reviews, and a monthly Scholars Speak Out feature. It also produces an annual spring conference that generates content for the spring issue. JoLLE provides graduate students with a dynamic experience that prepares them for their own careers in academia.

Visit the JoLLE Website


Research Grants

Outreach Programs

  • CLASE FIESTA Program (Future Innovators Elementary Summer Thinking Academy)

    The CLASE FIESTA program brings Athens-area Latino and Latina students to the University of Georgia campus for an eight-day summer program, introducing students to community problem solving.

  • CLASE SALSA Program (Summer Academy for Language, Science and Aspirations)

    The Summer Academy for Language, Science, and Aspirations program aims to reduce the achievement gap for Latino student and promote a pipeline to college.

  • CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring Program

    The CLASE Tutoring and Mentoring program is a two-day-a-week after school enrichment program targeting third- to fifth-grade English learners at Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School.

  • Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teacher

    GECAT is a five-year, Title III federally funded initiative begun in summer 2012. We provide ESOL endorsement courses to teachers in our partner districts. Classes are FREE to teachers — tuition and books are provided by the GECAT program, and participants receive a small stipend for each course. Courses are offered on-site at partner schools. Teachers will earn UGA graduate credit.


Upcoming Events


Nominations Due for the 2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Awards

Submit your favorite books to be considered for the 2018-2019 Georgia Children's Book Awards.


Call for Proposals Due for the 2018-2019 Conference on Children's Literature

Proposals for the 2018-2019 Conference on Children's Literature will be accepted July 1-Oct. 1.


2019 JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference

This annual conference is hosted by the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, a student-run, peer-reviewed, open-access journal housed in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.


Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

This year's conference celebrates our 50th anniversary and welcomes keynote speakers Kwame Alexander, Erin Entrada Kelly, Aisha Saeed, Alan Gratz, and Ben Clanton.