CANDEL Program Information

CANDEL Program Structure and Objectives

Program Objectives

The curriculum is constructed around four overarching and inter-related themes that are seen as integral to the academic and professional development of educational leaders:

  • Visionary Leadership and Management
  • Policy into Practice
  • Data for Decision-Making
  • Building Community in a Diverse Society

The courses are tied to these themes and will use problem-based, case study learning approaches to ground the program in the realities of schools and community colleges.

Program Format

The program is intended primarily for working professionals in leadership positions. Within a cohort system, individuals rely on their collective experiences to supplement and encourage the formal learning process, and are enrolled in a common sequence of courses. Students are admitted once a year for coursework beginning in late summer. The program begins with a leadership seminar in August. Classes are held throughout the fall, winter and spring quarters approximately once every three weeks on a consecutive Friday and Saturday. A one-week June seminar ends the academic year. Students will be enrolled for 12 units each quarter which represents a full-time schedule.

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