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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:

  • Early childhood education
  • Middle grades education
  • Secondary social studies education

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.

Academic 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
  • Department head: Gayle Andrews

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Social Studies Education Review

Journal cover The Social Studies Education Review is an internationally recognized, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to foster critical discussion of teaching and learning in PreK-16 social studies. We understand social studies to include various disciplinary strands (history, economics, geography, political science) as well as social education (learning about self in relation to others in communities large and small). We are particularly interested in work that acknowledges and examines the interplay of contexts (discursive, socio-cultural, political, structural) as they shape possibilities for powerful social studies learning for all students. We are also always enthusiastic about empirical work focusing on the younger grades! We invite three types of submissions: inquiries, reflections, and tools.

Visit the journal's website.

History and Submission Information

This journal, sponsored by the Georgia Council for Social Studies and hosted by the University of Georgia, began in 1969 as the Georgia Social Science Journal, and served Georgia's social studies teachers by providing practical applications and research.

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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

Bob Capuozzo

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Cynthia B. Dillard

  • Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education

Todd Dinkelman

  • Associate Professor

Brian W. Dotts

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Janna Dresden

  • Clinical Professor

Linda Dunbar

  • Graduate Student Affairs Administrator

Morgan Faison

  • Assistant Professor

Cheryl Fields-Smith

  • Associate Professor

H. Jim Garrett

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Hilary E. Hughes

  • Associate Professor

Sonia Janis

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Stephanie Jones

  • Professor

Laura Kelley

  • Program Coordinator II

Kyunghwa Lee

  • Associate Professor and Associate Department Head

Bettina L. Love

  • Associate Professor

Laurie Dollner Mathews

  • Administrative Associate II

Amy S. Murphy

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Elizabeth E. Saylor

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Mardi Schmeichel

  • Associate Professor

Ajay Sharma

  • Associate Professor

Kathy F. Thompson

  • Clinical Professor

Joseph J. Tobin

  • Elizabeth Garrard Hall Professor of Early Childhood Education

Beth Dekle Tolley

  • Clinical Associate Professor


Upcoming Events


2019 College of Education Research Conference

Connect with fellow UGA colleagues and share your research projects at the College of Education's annual Research Conference.


Interested in Education as a Major Information Session

Are you interested in becoming a teacher after graduation? This information session is for you!


Early Childhood Information Session

Come hear about the requirements to become an early childhood education major!