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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.

Vision Statement

We, members of the Language and Literacy Education Department, are a community of scholars, researchers, educators, clinicians, and innovators committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We teach. We learn. We question. We fail. We strive to interrogate and sustain multiple perspectives in language, literacy, and aligned fields that cultivate inclusive environments. We are committed to promoting the success of faculty, students, and staff of all racial and socioeconomic groups, religious and cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and national origins. We believe all people deserve equity in education, and we work diligently to maintain a department where all scholars can thrive, free from discrimination, bigotry, inequity, harassment, or violence of any kind. We support current and future educators who are reflective of, and sensitive to, an increasingly diverse society.

Concentrations

English Education

The English Education faculty members have legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service at UGA.

Literacies and Children's Literature

Literacies and Children's Literature

TESOL and World Language Education

Earn a degree in TESOL and World Language Education to teach in the United States or internationally. Help others learn a second language and expand your career options to a global level.

Degree Programs

Double Dawgs Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd)

Dual Degrees

Minors

Master of Education (MEd)

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Master of Arts (MA)

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

 

Research Grants

  • Justice as Praxis in Education Conference

    The conference will convene expert justice-oriented university researchers, K-12 practitioners, K-University students, and parents around theorizing justice imperatives, promoting pedagogical justice as praxis projects, and doing methodological justice.

    • Sponsored by: Spencer Foundation Conference Grant
    • Principal Investigator: Sakeena Everett
  • National Endowment for the Arts Big Read: Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

    The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read project will produce a series of book discussions and events to raise local attention on what it means to age well and live well in our diverse community.

  • Russian Flagship Program

    This grant continues the Russian Flagship Program in the U.S. Southeast to create a unique regional, as well as national, pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

    • Sponsored by: Institute of International Education
    • Principal Investigator: Victoria Hasko
  • Teaching Through Coronavirus: Toward Cultivating Urgent Culturally Responsive Distance Learning Pedagogies

    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.

    • Sponsored by: University of Maryland Foundation, Inc; Maryland State Department of Education Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund
    • Principal Investigator: Keisha Allen, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

ITA Testing Program

In order to teach at UGA, international students must demonstrate English proficiency. The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Testing Program in the TESOL and World Language Education program provides two spoken English proficiency assessments for students seeking teaching positions: a) the ITA Test of English Proficiency (ITA-TEP) and b) Duolingo English Test video assessment.

Learn more about these tests and who should take them.

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

Student Organizations

International Association of Reading Graduate Studies (IARGS)

We support the study of the teaching of reading.

Faculty advisor: Jennifer Graff

Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE)

This organization promotes the interchange of ideas among the literacy education community.

Faculty advisor: Usree Bhattacharya

Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization (LLEGO)

The Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization (LLEGO) is a vibrant and active student organization.

Faculty advisor: Kevin J. Burke

News

Academic Advisors

Laurie Zielinski

  • Lead Advisor for Teacher Preparation Programs, English Education, TESOL Education, World Language Education

Contact Us

Department Head: Allison U. Nealy

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