Adult Education

Faculty of Education

Adult Education

The Faculty of Education's Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO) specializes in the scholarship and practice of Adult Education and offers the opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills in adult teaching and learning environments. Most of our students are part time mature distance learners who apply their degrees in many sectors - business, industry, health care, government, post-secondary, financial services and manufacturing - where education and development require a solid foundation in the principles and practices of Adult Education. These sectors need educators of adults who have the knowledge and skills to facilitate adult learning.

Flexible options for your education
Life is busy. Flexibility and options are important. The choices are there for you to find the best fit:

  • Distance learning – take our Adult Education courses online or face-to-face and close to home – we hold classes in communities across Ontario
  • Combine online and classroom learning from course to course as you move through the program
  • We hope that you complete your program in a timely manner but recognize that you may need to take a break here and there - we’ll keep your student status active
  • During the BEd ADED program, undergraduate courses must be taken at Brock University or on a Letter of Permission. The Office of the Registrar will make the final decision on transfer courses.
  • Candidates who have obtained the Certificate in Adult Education may later apply for the BEd in Adult Education.All credits earned in the certificate program will be transferable to the degree program.

BEd in Adult Education (as your first degree) - Requires completion of the five core Adult Education courses plus 10 additional context and elective credits. Our system of advance standing means any prior post-secondary credits that you hold may count toward the context and elective requirements.

BEd in Adult Education (as a subsequent degree)
- If you already hold a recognized undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for advanced standing for up to 10 of the 15 credits. You will need to complete the 5 core courses in Adult Education. Determinations of advanced standing are made by the Office of the Registrar.

BEd in Adult Education (as a subsequent degree with co-op option) - You will need to complete all of the academic degree requirements, plus co-op workshops and work term placements.


Certificate in Adult Education - Complete the five core Adult Education courses - it’s possible to finish the program in as little as 18 months. The BEd in Adult Education is unique in Ontario as it offers both first and subsequent degree options.

To apply

STEP ONE: Complete the application

Once you have made the decision to begin your Adult Education studies, you will need to complete the Application for Admission.

Apply online: Domestic Student Application or International Student Application

STEP TWO: Receive Your Offer of Admission

Your file will be assessed and an Offer of Admission may be mailed to you. If you have applied and do not hear from Brock within three weeks, please contact the Office of the Registrar by email to inquire about the status of your file. The email address is

Please note that you have not been admitted into the program until you have received an Offer of Admission.

STEP THREE: Register Online Using the portal

Follow the procedures in the Registration Guide and Timetable to register in your first ADED course (ADED 4F31) using the Web Registration System. There are deadlines for each registration period. If you do not register via the Web Registration System before the published deadlines, you may be subject to a late registration fee ($50 to $100) or unable to register at all.

STEP FOUR: Your Statement of Account

Once you have successfully registered using the web, fees will be charged to your Brock account.  Invoices will not be mailed. Fees should be checked via the student portal. Fees may be paid using one of the three options outlined. Please note that tuition payment cannot be made by credit card. If you have any questions regarding your fees statement, please contact the Finance Department (

STEP FIVE: Welcome to the Program!

Your facilitator will contact you prior to the start of the term to invite you to your first course. Books and resource materials can be ordered through the Campus Store at and will be delivered to your door. Details regarding your class start will be sent to your Brock email account. Please be sure to activate your account by going to

Need help? 


For questions about becoming a student, contact the unit via email at

Please note: If your interest is in working as a teacher of children or adolescents (primary/junior, junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior), you should be looking to the BEd leading to the Ontario Certificate of Qualification. For more information about that program and its requirements, please visit the Teacher Education web site.

Adult students sitting at a desk talking to one another


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