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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

  • 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: lled@uga.edu
  • Department head: Anne K. Marcotte
Faculty and staff Support our programs

Academic Programs

  • Double Dawgs Programs
  • Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees
    • B.S.Ed. in English Education / M.Ed. in English Education Athens Campus

      Extend your teaching skills in English and language arts with an immersive Double Dawgs pathway that combines initial teacher preparation with a year of graduate study and mentorship in your first year as a teacher.

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Bachelor's Degrees
    • BSEd in English Education Athens Campus

      This program prepares you to teach secondary-school English with classes in literature, composition, and language as well as student-teaching experience.

    • BSEd in World Language Education 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
    • AB/BSEd in English/English Education 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.

    • AB/BSEd in French/World Language Education 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

    • AB/BSEd in German/World Language Education 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

    • AB/BSEd in Latin/World Language Education 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

    • AB/BSEd in Spanish/World Language Education 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
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

      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
    • MEd in English 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.

    • MEd in Reading Education 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.

    • MEd in TESOL and World Language Education 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
    • MAT in English Education 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.

    • MAT in TESOL Athens Campus

      Gain exposure to new theoretical orientations, research methods, and TESOL teaching approaches with UGA's MAT in TESOL program.

    • MAT in World Language Education 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    • PhD in Language and Literacy Education 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
    • ESOL Endorsement

      Learn to help English learners in your classroom by adding the ESOL endorsement to your teaching certificate through our mostly online program.

    • Reading Education Endorsement

      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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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.

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News and Events

Latest News

Third annual 'Big Read' event in Athens turns focus to Lunar New Year

January 18, 2018
The community-wide reading celebration, which kicks off in February to coincide with the Lunar New Year, focuses on "To Live," a novel by Chinese author Yu Hua.

How one educator revived her enthusiasm for the classroom

January 5, 2018
In the AJC's Get Schooled blog, professor Peter Smagorinsky has been following one Georgia teacher's journey since she was a student at UGA.

New partnership opens up opportunities at community center

December 19, 2017
The University of Georgia is working with the Athens Housing Authority to connect with residents and offer new programming.

Publications

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.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
17

Lunar New Year Celebration

Join us to learn more about Chinese culture and Lunar New Year traditions found throughout Asia. Celebrating with music, food, literature, and art-making, we bring Grace Lin and Yu Hua's children's and adult literature to life.

Feb
23

NEA Big Read Literary Fashion Shows: 'To Live' by the Color Red, Gold, and Black

Fashion students from UGA’s Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors will host their annual public fashion show. This year's fashions will include those influenced by Hua’s novel and inspired by Chinese couture.

Mar
1

'To Live' Book Discussion

Join members of the Athens-Clarke County Library's book clubs to discuss this year's Big Read selection, "To Live," by Yu Hua.

Mar
23–24

2018 Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

This will be our 49th year of celebrating the writing, illustrating, and use of books for children.

Recurring Events

Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

Established in 1968, the awards aim to foster a love of reading among children of Georgia and introduce them to books of literary excellence.

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"

The Big Read: 'To Live' in Athens, GA

In 2018, Athens will celebrate the East-West Dog! It's the zodiac year of the dog, and we have a series of events lined up to learn more about the literature, language, and culture of China and other Asian countries.

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