Certificate in Adult Education

Recognized by the Canadian Society for Training and Development


About Adult Education:

Adult Education is an immense field that can be divided into dozens of sub-fields. The term “Adult Educator” refers to the individual involved in the teaching, training, skills development and program development of any adult educational environment. Said environment may take place on a university or college campus, in continuing education programs, an adult learning centre, a corporate site, a company board room, or even in someone’s home.

As a registered career college in Ontario, this Certificate is a Post-Secondary academic credential. Having a teachers’ college Certificate in Adult Education is a definite asset and may even be a requirement for teaching adults.

About the Program:

The Certificate in Adult Education program is comprised of four compulsory full credits (40 hours each) and two elective half credits (20 hours each) for total of 5 credits (200 hours online learning in total).

How to Register: Simple, safe, secure, using the Online Registration Form below. There are no registration fees for this program. Please allow up to 48 hours for your registration to be processed and for you to receive your user name and password by email.

How the Program Works:

All courses are fully conducted online. A student will register one course at a time starting with AE 101. All full credit courses have 10 units and 5 online multiple choice tests. All half credit courses have 5 units and 2 online multiple choice tests. All courses also require a journal, which will in the future become an invaluable resource to the Adult Educator. Students will be prompted when to make journal entries throughout the program and  encouraged to add as many additional journal entries as they wish.

Tuition Fees: Compulsory courses $200 each; Elective courses $95 each. Total program fee: $990. Registration and tuition payment may be done course by course.

Course Descriptions:

Compulsory courses:

AE 101 Foundations of Adult Education

This 10-unit course introduces the subject of Adult Education. It describes theories and practices in adult education including adult education in Canada, academic writing, learning styles, philosophy of adult education and the differences between adults and children as learners. It is designed for those who plan, administer, and deliver training and education to adults.  No prerequisite is required for this course.

AE 102 Designing Instruction for Adult Education

This course introduces various instructional theories, practices and strategies of Adult Education. It further focuses on the decision making instructional strategies a step-by-step design of an instructional unit and facilitation various instructional methodologies. It includes sessions on purposes of education and training, learning outcomes and objectives, selecting and sequencing material and instructional strategies. Prerequisite AE101.

AE 103 Assessment and Evaluation

This course introduces assessment and evaluation strategies based on the theories and practices of adult teaching and learning. It includes units on purposes, tools, administering and developing assessment, and evaluation of adult students. It further provides teachers with a possibility to self-reflect on their own teaching. Prerequisites: AE101 & AE102.

AE 104 Facilitating Adult Learning

This course brings the theories to practice; it describes community and institutional based education and their relationship to Adult Education. The participants will further learn about presentation and decision-making skills while facilitating groups and teams. Prerequisites: AE101, AE102, AE103.

Elective Courses:

AE 105 Teaching and Developing an Online Course

This course is designed for those who would like to learn how to create and maintain a successful online course. This asynchronous course includes features of an effective online course design. It includes chapters on hurdles in online teaching/learning, CMS, forms of assessment, uploading files uploads, graphic organization and basic terminology used in an online design. All compulsory courses must be finished before this course if taken as a part of the Adult Education Certificate.

AE 106 College and University Teaching in Canada

This course is designed for those who are considering teaching or working in a College or University setting. It includes a comprehensive overview of all of Canada’s Universities and Colleges, explores National Occupation Codes relevant to the field, job descriptions and opportunities in post-secondary education and takes a closer look at Canada’s Universities, Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and Private Career Colleges. All compulsory courses must be finished before this course if taken as a part of the Adult Education Certificate.

AE 107 Teaching English as Another Language

This course is designed for those who are considering teaching English as a Second Language either in an English speaking country or abroad. It includes lessons on Becoming an ESL teacher, Multiple Intelligences in ESL Classroom, Teaching the Four Language Skills, ESL Teaching Approaches and Teaching Resources. All compulsory courses must be finished before this course if taken as a part of the Adult Education Certificate.

AE 108 Practicum in Adult Education

This is a highly practical course. Participants will be required to listen, view, evaluate  and assess learner’s skills, learning and knowledge based on the Adult Education Principles discussed in the compulsory courses. Participants will be also required to teach 10 hours. All compulsory courses must be finished before this course if taken as a part of the Adult Education Certificate.

AE 109 Job Search Skills for Success

This course is designed for those who would like to expand on their job search skills. It helps adult educators to assess their skills and plan for the necessary steps that will enable them to obtain their dream job. It includes sessions on various topics related to the Interview, Resume Writing, and building the Professional Career Portfolio.  All compulsory courses must be finished before this course if taken as a part of the Adult Education Certificate.

AE 110 Teaching in Career Colleges and Vocational Institutes

This course is designed for instructors in Canadian Career Colleges and Vocational Institutes seeking professional development, training, and an additional qualification specifically in the vocational post-secondary education sector. It is also suitable for field experts in any field who are or may plan, administer, and deliver instruction to adults in a vocational training adult learning environment in Canada.

Employment Opportunities:

Adult Educators are employed as:

University professor, lecturer, university instructor,  associate professor, assistant professor, teaching assistant, college professor, college instructor,  college trainer, vocational institute instructor,  language school instructor, adult high school teacher, skills development trainer,  program officer, company trainer, training officer, corporate trainer, department head,  department chairperson, academic coordinator, program director, director of studies, faculty advisor, dean, program developer, curriculum developer,  facilitator, teacher, tutor, and more!

Professional designations for Adult Educators:

The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD), Canada’s leading association of workplace learning professionals, sets the standards for training and development in Canada. The CSTD recognizes that this Certificate in Adult Education from the Canadian College of Educators addresses the categories outlined in the CSTD’s Competencies for Training and Development Professionals.

The CSTD offers the following professional designation paths to graduates of this program:

· Certified Training Practitioner (CTP)

· Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP)

Advanced Standing:

Once you start this program, you are eligible for student membership with CSTD. As soon as you have completed the program, you will be eligible for a credit of one year toward the work experience requirement of the CSTD’s Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation. For more information about CSTD membership, visit the CSTD website.

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