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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.

Admission to programs and majors in the Department of Language and Literacy Education will not be adversely affected at the department level by an applicant's history of participation in social justice activism or in peaceful protests seeking social or political change.

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:
    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:
  • Department head: Anne K. Marcotte

Support our programs

JoLLE Newsletter

The Journal of Language and Literacy Education is a peer-reviewed, open access journal edited by graduate students. Since 2004, JoLLE has engaged readers in a broad spectrum of issues related to the field. As an online journal, JoLLE encourages submissions that incorporate multiple modes. Graduate students, under faculty advisement, are responsible for the entire process of editing and producing two issues a year. In addition to scholarly articles, JoLLE publishes Arts and Poetry, book reviews, and a monthly Scholars Speak Out feature. It also produces an annual spring conference that generates content for the spring issue. JoLLE provides graduate students with a dynamic experience that prepares them for their own careers in academia.

Visit the JoLLE Website


Research Grants

Outreach Programs

  • Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teacher

    GECAT is a five-year, Title III federally funded initiative begun in summer 2012. We provide ESOL endorsement courses to teachers in our partner districts. Classes are FREE to teachers — tuition and books are provided by the GECAT program, and participants receive a small stipend for each course. Courses are offered on-site at partner schools. Teachers will earn UGA graduate credit.

Faculty and Staff

Donna E. Alvermann

  • The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education and Distinguished Research Professor

Kevin J. Burke

  • Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Lori de la Reza

  • Business Manager I

Sakeena Everett

  • Assistant Professor

Dell Perry Giles

  • Part-Time Assistant Professor

Jennifer Graff

  • Associate Professor

Mary Guay

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Ruth M. Harman

  • Associate Professor

Victoria Hasko

  • Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Sara B. Kajder

  • Clinical Associate

Anne K. Marcotte

  • Professor and Department Head

Petros Panaou

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Liz Phillips

  • Student Affairs Professional II

Marianne Deborah Roberts

  • Administrative Associate II

Peter Smagorinsky

  • Distinguished Research Professor of English Education

Lou Tolosa-Casadont

  • Clinical Associate Professor and World Language Program Coordinator


UGA establishes Russian Flagship Program

November 6, 2018
A grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program was recently awarded to the University of Georgia to establish the Russian Domestic Undergraduate Flagship Program.

Upcoming Events


Smart Arts: Arts-Based Research Symposium

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, author of "Arts-Based Research" books, brings "scholartists" work for a showcase.


2019 JoLLE@UGA Winter Conference

This annual conference is hosted by the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, a student-run, peer-reviewed, open-access journal housed in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia.


Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

This year's conference celebrates our 50th anniversary and welcomes keynote speakers Kwame Alexander, Erin Entrada Kelly, Aisha Saeed, Alan Gratz, and Ben Clanton.