CANDEL About the Program

About the Program


This educational leadership program integrates educational theory, proven practice, and leadership competencies into a real-world, problem-based curriculum. The program uniquely positions graduates to manage the complexities of educational organizations, affect school change, and shape the educational policies that bear on the practice of the diverse educational settings in our region. 


The CANDEL program advances educational equity and social justice by preparing transformative leaders to enact systemic change through advocacy, and critical, collaborative, inquiry-centered and timely action.

We aim to advance equity and opportunity for all education stakeholders by nurturing and developing scholar-practitioners who are primed to: 

Deconstruct and challenge systemic issues that perpetuate educational and broader social inequities

Engage critically with educational theory and research to inform leadership practice

Collaboratively problem-solve and bring practice-based expertise to advance scholarly inquiry 


The CANDEL program envisions a society where all PK-12 and postsecondary students and stakeholders are supported to reach their highest potential by bold, visionary, and collaborative educational leaders committed to equity and social justice for all.

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