Program Description

Faculty of Education

Program Description


Prospective students should apply to the appropriate program based on the following program entry criteria:

Program A (subsequent degree)
for those who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (minimum three-year).
Program requirements:
  • Five ADED credits prepared by Brock University
Program B (first degree) for those who hold an Ontario Secondary  School Diploma or equivalent mature student status:
Program requirements:  15 credits total* as follows
  • Five core ADED credits as prescribed by program
  • One humanities context credit
  • One science context credit
  • One social science context credit
  • Two credits numbered 1(alpha)00 or above
  •  Five credits numbered 2(alpha)00 or above
*Please note: A system of Advanced Standing may provide some elective or context credit for previous academic work as demonstrated by original transcripts by the colleges or universities you may have previously attended.
If you have any questions regarding the Program Entry Criteria, please contact the Office of the Registrar, or 905-688-5550 x3158.
NOTE: The BEd in Adult Education does not lead to the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
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 website. 
For those individuals who are currently certified to teach in Ontario, the Centre for Continuing Teacher Education offers a variety of Additional Qualification courses onsite and online. For further information regarding these courses, please contact the department at
Adult Education Course Listing
(Official Undergraduate Calendar descriptions of core and elective courses)

Core Courses
All core courses must be completed for degree requirements in the prerequisite sequence.

ADED 4F31 - Foundations of Adult Education
This course introduces and examines the theories, practices and contexts of adult education in order to explore the past and current foundations of adult education. Opportunities to make connections to the varied contexts of adult education and training, both nationally and globally, will be provided through the use of constructed dialogue, experiential activities, learning objects, and critical analysis and reflection. Facilitated seminar six hours per week.

ADED 4F32 - Facilitation of Adult Learning Pedagogies
The focus of this course is the selection, application and evaluation of a wide array of facilitation methods that are congruent with both a learning-centred philosophy of practice and the organizational context in which adult learning occurs. Facilitated seminar six hours per week.

ADED 4F33 - Curriculum Design for Adult Learners
This course investigates the design and evaluation of curriculum, including the pedagogy, educational practices, and application to a unit of content. Learners will select, apply, and validate a curriculum development model that is congruent both with their personal philosophy of teaching and their organizational context and design a minimum of 30 hours of curriculum on a subject area of their choice. Throughout the development of their curriculum, learners will apply relevant adult education theories and practices drawn from traditional and current design models and take into consideration learner needs and characteristics as well as the organizational milieu for which they are designing learning. Facilitated seminar six hours per week.

ADED 4F34 - Work and Learning in Organizations
This course focuses on the investigation of work and learning communities by providing an overview to the field of organizational learning. Areas explored include leadership, power, conflict, change, diversity, organizational culture, barriers and motivators to organizational learning, and the role of the adult educator within an organizational context. Facilitated seminar six hours per week.

ADED 4F35 - Research and Critical Reflection in Adult Education
This course focuses on synthesizing learners’ key insights related to their learning within the program’s core courses. As well, learners will conduct an examination of contemporary issues in adult education and undertake a modified applied academic research project. Facilitated seminar six hours per week.

Elective Courses
All electives are half-credit courses.
In order to view what is being offered in the current registration period visit the timetable.
Please note elective courses are offered at a limited number of course venues only.
Courses may also be offered online. All electives are half-credit courses.

ADED 1P31 — Learning for Success

Introduction to self-management, goal setting, study skill and academic integrity, designed to develop the capacity for self-reflection about learning.

ADED 1P32 — Learning in Digital Contexts

Introduction to learning with contemporary media in digital university-level contexts.

ADED 2P22 — Gender Issues in Adult Learning
Significant themes influencing adult learners and related educational implications.

ADED 3P22 — Adult Learning Disabilities 

Best practices in support and accommodation of learning disabled adults. Topics include current research, signs, symptoms and gifts of learning disabilities, current legislation and impact in the academic and workplace environments.

ADED 4P91 — Power, Practice and Process in Learning 

Theoretical, pedagogical, curricular and practical issues of power dynamics and differentials in post-secondary and community outreach.

ADED 4P93 — Adult Education in the Global Context 

Examination of global social, economic and political contexts of adult education.

ADED 4P94 — Evaluating Learning
Methods and strategies used to develop criteria to evaluate learning in academic, work, community and not-for-profit contexts. Prerequisite(s): ADED 4F33 or permission of the instructor.

ADED 4P95 — Evaluating Adult Education Programs 

Theoretical, ethical and methodological foundations of program evaluation relevant to social and adult educational programming.

ADED 4P96 — Introduction to Leadership Theory in Adult Learning
Major theories, approaches, models and themes related to the study of organizational leadership.

ADED 4P97 — Application of Leadership Theory in Adult Learning 

Specific leadership skills relevant to authentic workplace situations.


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Social media for researchers workshop
January 27, 2016 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
SSHRC Insight Development Grant Writing Workshops
January 11, 2016 - 9:00am - January 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
PhD in Education Portfolio Defence - Owen Webb
January 7, 2016 - 10:00am - 12:00pm