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Committed to our students 

Developing educators who will positively affect school aged children with unique needs and diverse abilities.

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Welcome to the Department of Literacy and Special Education! 

The Department of Literacy and Special Education offers a number of robust degree programs that work to develop reflective educators who positively affect the learning of school aged children with unique needs and diverse abilities. Through focused teaching, critical reflection, and scholarship, our faculty is committed to providing quality instruction for you to become a skilled leader in education. 

The M.Ed. in Reading Instruction was recognized by TheBestSchools.org as one of the Top 10 best online Reading Education Programs in 2022.


Contact InformationLiteracy and Special Education

Main Contacts:

Tynita Brown 
Administrative Support 
Phone: (678) 839-6179 
Fax: (678) 839-6099
Email: tynitab@westga.edu 

Dr. John Ponder
Literacy and Special Education Department Chair
Phone: (678) 839-6076
Email: jponder@westga.edu

Program Contacts:

Morris Council, III
Director of Graduate Programs Coordination for Special Education  
Phone: (678) 839-6121
Email: mcouncil@westga.edu

Robert A. Griffin, Ed.D.
Assistant Director of Graduate Program Coordination for Literacy
Phone: (678) 839-6152
Email: rgriffin@westga.edu