Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC)

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About ELC

Our department seeks to prepare thoughtful and effective leaders in education through programs of study that are interdisciplinary in focus and that emphasize questions of moral concern, the cultural context of education, and a reconstructive vision for excellent and equitable schooling. 

News from ELC

  • Clarida Assisting WSFCS to Develop Equity-Centered Principal Pipeline
    A partnership between Dr. Brian Clarida and Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) led to the creation of the Equity-Centered Principal Pipeline Initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation.
  • ELC Celebrates Summer and Fall Graduates, Retiring Faculty Member
    In conjunction with the UNCG Doctoral Hooding Ceremony that occurred on Thursday, December 8, the Department of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) held a lunchtime celebration for its Summer and Fall 2022 doctoral graduates.
  • SOE Students Earn Honors at UNCG 3MT Competition
    A pair of School of Education students took home honors in UNC Greensboro’s recent Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Claiming first place was Somer Matthews, a doctoral student in the Department of Specialized Education Services (SES), while Jasmine Garland McKinney, a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) earned the People’s Choice honor.

ELC Faculty

As a valued member of our academic community, you will have the advantage of a supportive environment in which you are known, cared for, challenged and invested in. Faculty members take your preparation and your success very seriously. For that same reason, we equip you with more than knowledge; we give you the tools and experience to understand what your future decisions in the field will mean to learners and how you can use your position to bring about positive change for education.


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Critical Conversations Conference

We seek to extend these critical conversations with faculty, students, teachers, educational leaders, and other community members who are interested in having a positive impact on the world.

Rebecca Carver institute at CCL

Rebecca Carver Institute

In this 2-day summer experience, participants gain exposure and build capacity for implementing experiential education.

Gender Diversity Statement

The Department of Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations (ELC), in collaboration with LEARN’s Gender Diversity Working Group, is committed to affirming the lives of and promoting social justice for Trans and Non-Binary people. We have created a comprehensive toolkit to support gender diverse students, located here: