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Ranked among the top 10 programs in the country, our degrees focus on innovative research and teaching practices. Faculty members engage students in critical inquiry and an analysis of literacy issues based on each student's experience and goals. Areas of exploration include:

  • Literacy and technology
  • Adult second-language learning
  • Multiculturalism
  • Early, elementary, and adolescent literacy
  • Children's literature
  • Inquiry-based issues of learning

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
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Focus areas within the Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacies Program give future educators the tools to be a vital part of students' literacy learning from preschool through high school.

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News and Events

Latest News

Graduate student receives Child Caregiver of the Year award

October 25, 2016
Darius Phelps was honored by the Georgia Association on Young Children for his exemplary work with children and commitment to the field of education.

Professor appointed to ILA's research panel; literacy journal

April 19, 2016
Donna Alvermann was appointed to the International Literacy Association's Literacy Research Panel and will also contribute articles to the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Smagorinsky analyzes the effects of standardization on teachers; student creativity

January 25, 2016
Peter Smagorinsky weighs in on how today's corporate education model is impacting teachers and their ability to foster innovative and successful students.

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Recurring Events

Georgia Conference on Children's Literature

Established in 1968, the awards aim to foster a love of reading among children of Georgia and introduce them to books of literary excellence.

Journal of Language Literacy Education Conference

The JoLLE conference is a unique conference where all presentations are hands-on, rather than the typical "talking heads"

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