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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
  • 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.


Elementary Education

The Elementary 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.


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.

    • Sponsored by: National Science Foundation
    • Principal Investigator: Steven Stice
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Sponsored by: 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.

    • Sponsored by: National Writing Project
    • Principal Investigator: Stephanie Jones
  • Setting the Agenda for Research and Practice: Exploring the Tensions and Possibilities of Homeschooling

    If you are interested in being a part of your community as a teacher, teacher leader, or researcher, be a part of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice.

    • Sponsored by: Spencer Foundation Conference Grant
    • Principal Investigator: Cheryl Fields-Smith


Student Organizations

Collegiate Middle Level Association (CMLA)

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

Faculty advisor: Gayle Andrews

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 elementary education, elementary education, middle-grades 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: Hilary Hughes

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


Congratulations to our five First Honor Graduates!

December 18, 2020
Sixteen students will be recognized as First Honor Graduates during the virtual undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Of those 16, five are from the Mary Frances Early College of Education.

Academic Advisors

Debbie Hargrave

  • Elementary Education

Emily Robinson

  • Intended Elementary Education

Contact Us

Department Head: Gayle Andrews

630 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602
  • Phone: 706-542-4244
  • Fax: 706-542-4277