ACDE’s Accords


The Association of Canadian Deans of Education is one of the major contributors to, and advocate of, public education in Canada.  ACDE, representing sixty faculties, colleges, schools and departments of Education in Canadian universities, represents an essential aspect of educational development by:

  • providing educational leadership through a strong, collective voice on, and for, public education and the profession of teaching;
  • supporting the public educational interest through research, teaching and service;
  • creating and fostering a pan-Canadian space for dialogue on issues important to the provision of public education;
  • preparing professional educators and sustaining them throughout their careers as public intellectuals;
  • promoting, modeling and supporting democracy as active citizenship and vibrant civil society; and;
  • responding to diversity and diverse societal needs for recognition, participation and justice.

ACDE’s Accords represent its most public statements concerning ACDE’s role and responsibility in public education in Canada.

Position Papers & Statements

Position papers
Media statements

Scholarly publications pertaining to ACDE’s Accords

Magnusson, K., Frank, B., & Ellsworth, K. (2016). The ACDE Accords: A case study in democratic leadership. In L. Schultz and M. Viczko (Eds.), Assembling and governing the higher education institution. Palgrave Macmillan: London, UK.

ISBN 978-1-137-52260-3


Mandzuk, D. (2016). Challenging disparities in teacher education in Canada: The impact of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) Accords. In M. Flores and T. Al Barwani (Eds.) Redefining teacher education for the post-2015 era: Global challenges and best practices. Nova Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

ISBN: 978-1-63484-526-7


Elliott-Johns, S. (Ed.). (2015). Leadership for change in teacher education: Voices of Canadian deans of education. Sense Publishers: The Netherlands

ISBN Hardcover: 9789462099319


Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 32 No. 4 (2009).

Special issue on Teacher Education


Information on ACDE publications

ACDE’s accords and other publications allow the association to contribute to national discourse on the importance of public education in developing and sustaining a civil society. ACDE members use the accords and related publications primarily at three levels: a) within their own faculties, b) with other deans and senior administrators at their respective universities, and c) with external partner organizations such as government and teachers’ federations. ACDE’s publications are used as foundational documents in framing discussions in order to influence policy within these three levels.


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