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Department of Language and Literacy Education


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; reading, writing, children’s literature, and digital literacies; 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.

Academic Programs

English Education

The English education faculty has legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and service at UGA. Their own research into effective practice results in many books and articles for teachers, and this cutting-edge scholarship makes the UGA English education experience a dynamic one that is always in touch with both important traditions and new ideas.

Non-Degree Programs

From the English Education program:

Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacy Programs

The reading, writing, children's literature, and digital literacies focus areas give future educators the tools to be a vital part of students’ literacy learning, from preschool through high school.

Degree Programs

These degrees offer a specialization in Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacy Programs:

Non-Degree Programs

From the Reading, Writing, Children's Literature, and Digital Literacy Programs program:

TESOL and World Language Education

World language education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) has an exciting array of course and degree options for those interested in teaching and learning more than one language.

TESOL and world language education faculty members are multilingual/multicultural language educators and learners.

Non-Degree Programs

From the TESOL and World Language Education program:

Student Resources


Undergraduates seeking degrees and certifications as English, world language, or TESOL teachers become part of a close knit cohort of students who develop strong relationships with their peers, professors, and cooperating teachers. Graduate students can participate in the many social and educational activities of the Language and Literacy Education Graduate Organization. For those students with an interest in research and publishing, the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, along with its annual conference, is an excellent outlet for honing those skills.\n

Faculty and Research


Among recent and current language and literacy education faculty members are two members of the Reading Hall of Fame, two University Distinguished Research Professors, two Aderhold Distinguished Research Professors, and a university-endowed professor (The Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education). These recognitions sit atop numerous UGA and national awards for teaching and research.

Faculty research continues to inform the field through award-winning books and journal articles. In addition, faculty frequently seek to influence public opinion through op-ed pieces in popular news publications.

Outreach, Engagement, and Service


Language and literacy education mainly serves the local community through the grant-supported Red Clay Writing Project, as well as the Reading Clinic (supporting struggling readers by tutoring and educating teachers about effective reading approaches, in person and online) and the Children’s Literature Conference and Georgia Children’s Book Awards (each year, the conference connects teachers and students with current authors and a diverse book selection.

The Georgia ESOL for Content Area Teachers (GECAT) project 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.

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