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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.

Contact Details

  • 315 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602

Department head: Anne K. Marcotte

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Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Bachelor's Degrees
    • Athens Campus
      This program prepares you to teach secondary-school English with classes in literature, composition, and language as well as student-teaching experience.
    • Athens Campus
      Earn certification as a world language / TESOL teacher at UGA's highly regarded program featuring hands-on classroom experience and an accomplished, internationally renowned faculty.
  • Dual Degrees
    • Athens Campus
      Pursue your academic interests and your passion for educating others with a dual degree from the UGA College of Education and Department of English.
    • Athens Campus
      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree
    • Athens Campus
      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree
    • Athens Campus
      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree
    • Athens Campus
      The BSEd program prepares students to teach modern, classical, and less commonly taught languages in pre-school through 12th grade. There are established plans of study for French, German, Latin, and Spanish education. Additionally, this program can certify students pursuing an Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or Russian degree
  • Minors
    • 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.
  • Graduate Programs
  • Master of Education
    • Athens Campus
      The MEd in English Education is designed for credentialed secondary school teachers who wish to advance their teaching of English, or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.
    • Athens Campus
      Become a vital part of the literacy learning process with an MEd in Reading Education. The program focuses on issues students face from preschool to high school.
    • Athens Campus
      TESOL and world language education has an exciting array of course and degree options for students interested in teaching and learning more than one language.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Athens Campus
      Designed to prepare teacher candidates who have already earned a BA or BS for a certified secondary school teaching position in English, or the study of literature and other texts, instruction in composition, and language study.
    • Athens Campus
      Gain exposure to new theoretical orientations, research methods, and TESOL teaching approaches with UGA's MAT in TESOL program.
    • Athens Campus
      The MAT in World Language Education offers specialization in Spanish, French, German, Latin, and less commonly taught languages.
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Education Specialist
    • Athens Campus
      Further your language and literacy expertise in this flexible program that allows you to pursue your topics of interest in the format that works best for you.
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • Athens Campus
      Pursue a career as an educator with our PhD in language and literacy education and experience opportunities to conduct research, publish, and engage in other activities integral to higher education.
  • Doctor of Education
  • Non-Degree Programs
  • Certificates
  • Non-Degree Certifications
  • Endorsements
    • If you are certified to teach in Georgia, our reading endorsement may be added on to your teaching certificate, giving you expertise in P-5 or 6-12 classrooms.

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Latest News

COE alumna selected as an inaugural Mellon Faculty Fellow

July 14, 2016
Alumna and assistant professor Stephanie Jones was selected as a new Mellon Faculty Fellow for applying and including diverse backgrounds and perspectives to learning, scholarship and service.

Professor quoted in Atlanta newspaper article

July 5, 2016
Ruth Harman suggests the state increase its dual-language immersion programs to help students.

Understanding literacies through chalk art

June 20, 2016
English education graduate students participate in College's first Madonnari to illustrate different understandings of literacies and discourse.
Cover art for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education

Journal of Language and Literacy Education
A bi-annual online, peer-reviewed journal edited by graduate students in the Department of Language and Literacy Education.

Upcoming Events

Sep
8–9

Progress Monitoring for Individual Education Programs (IEP)

This workshop is designed to help special education teachers implement evidence-based practices in progress monitoring.

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.

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Children's Literature Conference

The Georgia Children's Book Award committees are committed to rewarding, recognizing, and promoting excellence in children's literature.

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Journal of Language Literacy Education Conference

The JoLLE conference is a unique conference where all presentations are hands-on, rather than the typical "talking heads"

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TESOL and World Language Education Colloquium

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.