Language and Literacy Education

The 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings of graduate programs placed the Secondary education programs at UGA, including English Education and World Language Education, fifth among America’s Best Graduate Schools. The Department also contributes to the college’s highly ranked programs in Elementary Education (3rd) and Curriculum and Instruction (8th). The Department has 15 full time faculty members who have been recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise. It attracts 40 undergraduates and 235 graduate students from Georgia and around the world.

Students work with faculty from a variety of research traditions. Faculty conduct, present, and publish research on a variety of topics, including critical literacy, social construction of literacy, situated learning, children’s and young adult literature, second language acquisition, foreign language acquisition, discourse analysis and other research methodologies, and teacher preparation. See faculty webpages for further information about faculty research interests.

We invite you to explore this site to learn more about what the Department of Language and Literacy Education has to offer. Bachelors degree programs (BSEd) and Master of Arts in Teaching programs (MAT) lead to K12 teacher certification in secondary English Education and World Language Education. K12 teachers in Georgia may also earn an Endorsement in Reading or ESOL online. Undergraduates may pursue a minor in TESOL. Graduate degrees are offered at the Masters (MEd and MA), Education Specialist (EdS), and doctoral (PhD) level. Through its doctoral program, the department prepares the next generation of scholars and researchers in language and literacy education.

Of the two faculty positions LLE advertised in the fall of 2013, the clinical assistant professor position has been filled and the open-rank tenure track positions will be re-opened August 2014. We thank everyone who showed interest in both positions, and encourage those who applied for the open-rank tenure track position to reapply when the new announcement is released.

gecatNEW! Do you currently teach in Barrow, Hall, or Habersham County? Get the ESOL endorsement FREE with the GECAT Program. Applications are being accepted for the spring 2014 cohort. Contact the GECAT Program for more information.


(Special Focus on New and Digital Literacies) – 12 courses/36 hours/2 years.

You can apply now via Graduate Admissions,

contact: Professor Michelle Commeyras (commeyra@UGA.EDU) or (application inquiries) Ms. Becky Hendren (

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43th Annual Conference on Children’s Literature

Pictured from left to right: 2-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney, 3-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner,& author Mo Willems

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