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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:

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.


Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education program helps prepare teachers of prekindergarten through fifth grade for diverse and inclusive educational settings, learning how to produce educational knowledge and apply it to benefit children, families, and communities.

Middle Grades Education

The Middle Grades Education Program is a leader in the field of middle school reform and is one of the oldest middle school-specific teacher certification programs in the nation.

Social Studies Education

The Social Studies Education program invites future teachers who are interested in making a positive difference in the world.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Dual Degrees

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Contact Details

  • Address:
    630 Aderhold Hall
    110 Carlton Street
    Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Fax: 706-542-4277
  • Department Head:
    Gayle Andrews

Student Organizations

Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

To promote and support the professional development of future middle level/grade teachers.

Faculty advisor: Kathy F. Thompson

Educational Theory and Practice Graduate Student Organization (ETAP-GSO)

The ETAP-GSO is a student-led organization that maintains a close relationship with the ETAP faculty in order to foster academic discourse in areas such as early childhood education, elementary education, middle-grades education, social studies education, critical studies, and general teacher education. We strive to be stewards of our departmental philosophy and support graduate student efforts in their scholarly pursuits.

Faculty advisor: Kyunghwa Lee

Kappa Delta Epsilon (KDE)

The purpose of the organization is to promote pride in education as a career choice, recognize outstanding achievement, and foster growth in the educational community.

Faculty advisor: Beth Dekle Tolley

Minorities in Education (MIE)

Minorities in Education serves as an outlet and support system for underrepresented students in education and future educators in the College of Education

Faculty advisor: Stephanie Jones


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.

    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

Faculty and Staff

Martha Allexsaht-Snider

  • Associate Professor

Gayle Andrews

  • Professor and Department Head
  • Professor-in-Residence

Paige Betts

  • Program Coordinator II

Bob Capuozzo

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence, J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School

Cynthia B. Dillard

  • Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education

Todd Dinkelman

  • Associate Professor

Laurie Dollner

  • Administrative Associate II

Brian W. Dotts

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Linda Dunbar

  • Graduate Student Affairs Administrator

Morgan Faison

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Cheryl Fields-Smith

  • Associate Professor

H. Jim Garrett

  • Associate Professor
  • On-Site Instructor

Hilary E. Hughes

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Sonia Janis

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence
  • Assistant Director

Stephanie Jones

  • Professor

Laura Kelley

  • Program Coordinator II

Kyunghwa Lee

  • Associate Professor and Associate Department Head

Bettina L. Love

  • Associate Professor

Sherell A. McArthur

  • Assistant Professor

Amy S. Murphy

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Melanie Smith Peiper

  • Business Manager I

Leslie Rech

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Elizabeth E. Saylor

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Mardi Schmeichel

  • Associate Professor
  • On-Site Instructor

Ajay Sharma

  • Associate Professor

Kathy F. Thompson

  • Clinical Professor
  • Director

Joseph J. Tobin

  • Elizabeth Garrard Hall Professor of Early Childhood Education

Beth Dekle Tolley

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Professor-in-Residence, Fowler Drive Elementary School

Elizabeth Wurzburg

  • Clinical Assistant Professor


Two alumnae receive Fulbright awards to teach abroad

August 20, 2019
Kelli Bivins (M.Ed. ’02, Ed.S. ’11) and Elaine Dasher (M.Ed. ’96) will build relationships with teachers in different countries and harness international perspectives in their classrooms.