Academic Development & Support

  • Through the Conversation Partners Program, students from different cultural and social backgrounds develop relationships with one another.

  • International and off-campus study opportunities can enrich your academic experience and help define your calling.

  • The Writing Center offers workshops on everything from writing a thesis to applying to a PhD program.

Academic Development & Support

Candler School of Theology prepares real people to make a real difference in the real world. Our students come from all walks of life, with different professional and academic experiences. Some are returning to school after years away from the classroom, while others are making a career change, and others still are non-native English speakers.

That’s why Candler offers a variety of programs and resources to help students meet the demands of the classroom. The Office of Student Programming offers workshops, tutoring and financial support to attend professional development events so that every student has the opportunity to develop his or her gifts, in order to make a difference in the world.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers individual consultations as well as group workshops for interested students. For more information, contact Ryan Kuratko, Director of the Candler Writing Center and Academic Skills ADVANCE Course Instructor or visit the office in RARB 311.

One-on-One Writing Consultations

These 30-minute sessions are a time for students to gather feedback on their writing assignments — from sermons to scholarly research papers. The consultation can focus on idea generation, writing composition, or grammar and punctuation. The sign-up sheet is at the front desk in the Office of Student Programming.

Writing Workshops

These monthly workshops focus on a variety of writing and academic skills such as managing your reading load or preparing for an exegesis paper. Check back soon for the schedule of workshops.

Click here to view our extensive list of external writing resources from seminaries and other reputable writing sources.

ESOL Writing and Academic Program

The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Writing and Academic Program is designed to meet the needs of Candler’s diverse non-native English speaking community. ESOL language assessments and courses in written and oral English language skills are tailored to support first-year students’ academic success in theological studies at Candler.

In addition to classroom instruction, tutors and Conversation Partners are available to provide one-on-one assistance for ESOL students at different levels of language proficiency. The Conversation Partners Program also provides important opportunities for developing relationships and promoting cultural exchange. Tutoring sessions are held in the Office of Student Programming, RARB 311.


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Leadership Development Fund

Through the OSP, Candler offers financial support for student attendance at professional conferences and events offered by other organizations. Students who participate in these learning experiences are asked to share their findings with others at Candler both in academic and informal situations.

To submit an application for the leadership development fund, complete the Application form, Student-Compass Financials Access Request form and Travel Expense Report. Print these documents and return them to the Office of Student Programming in RARB 311.


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International and Off-Campus Study Opportunities

Candler prepares leaders for the worldwide church and offers students the opportunity to enrich their learning experience by participating in a variety of international and U.S. study programs. Through academic exchanges, travel seminars and internships, students learn about diverse cultures and faith communities. As they witness and participate in God’s work around the world, Candler students transform their own vision of what it means to be faithful and creative leaders. For more information about these programs visit the International Study & Travel page and the U.S. Study & Travel page.


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IT Media Services

Candler IT Media Services provides audiovisual support and computer services for members of the theology school in order to meet its academic mission goals. Learn more.


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