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Adult Education Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

For admission, a Bachelor's/Baccalaureate degree or equivalent is required. Entry into the program is based upon an assessment of the background and skills of the individual applicant. Applicants should be actively involved in some area of adult education or have the equivalent of one year's experience in the field, (for example, as group leader, trainer, nurse educator, volunteer worker, administrator in an academic institution, business, industry, government or community organization).

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.

Requirements for the Diploma

  1. Credits. Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

  2. Courses. All candidates are required to complete the following courses: ADIP 500, 585 and 586 and
    3 credits chosen from ADIP 501, 511, 512, 535, and
    3 credits chosen from ADIP 513, 514, 515, 544, and
    9 credits chosen from ADIP 510, 520, 530, 533, 540, 541, 542, 550, 551, 570, 572, 588, 589, 590, 597, 598, and 6 credits chosen from another graduate program, in consultation with the graduate program director or student advisor.
    In special circumstances students may, in consultation with the graduate program director or student advisor, individualize their program of study within the standards set out by the School of Graduate Studies.

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.

  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.

  3. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.70.


Courses in the following list will be offered in fall, winter and summer terms, depending upon demand and availability of faculty. Courses are worth 3 credits.

ADIP 500 Adult Education in Québec as a Field of Study
ADIP 501 Philosophical Issues in Educational Research
Students who have received credit for ESTU 601 or ETEC 507 or ETEC 607 may not take this course for credit.
ADIP 510 Adult Education in Québec and Canada
ADIP 511 Educational Problems in Philosophical Perspective
ADIP 512 Educational Problems in Historical Perspective
ADIP 513 Anthropological Concepts and Methods in Education
ADIP 514 Social Psychological Foundations of Education
ADIP 515 Research Issues and Methodologies in Education
ADIP 520 Adults as Learners
ADIP 530 Roles and Competencies of Adult Educators
ADIP 533 Facilitating Adult Learning
ADIP 535 Studies in Educational Change
ADIP 540 Introduction to Research in Adult Education
ADIP 541 Designing Adult Learning Projects
ADIP 542 Evaluating Adult Learning Projects
ADIP 544 School and Society
ADIP 550 Reflective Practice I
ADIP 551 Introduction to Administration of Adult Education Programs
EDUC 553 Education in Québec
ADIP 570 Workshops for Adult Educators
ADIP 572 Concepts and Values in Adult Education
ADIP 580 Reading Course
ADIP 581 Reading Course
ADIP 588 Advanced Topics in Adult Education
ADIP 589 Advanced Topics in Adult Education
ADIP 590 Issues in the Practice in Adult Education

ADIP 585 Integrative Internship I
Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least 15 credits in their program of study, including ADIP 500 Adult Education in Quebec as a Field of Study. This course is associated with, and normally represents, a prerequisite for Integrative Internship II.
Integrative Internship I is designed to allow students to build on their acquired knowledge, skills, values and attitudes through interaction with a chosen education environment. The first Internship requires students to select, contact and establish a working relation with an organization which offers educational activities to adults in their community. A supervised Special Project for an adult education provider is initiated. At this stage, the emphasis is on observation and information gathering, in preparation for taking on a more active role in Integrative Internship II.

ADIP 586 Integrative Internship II
Prerequisite: ADIP 585.
This internship is designed to extend the student’s personal aims and philosophy of adult education arrived at in Integrative Internship I by completing a supervised Special Project in an approved adult education facility, where supervision is provided by a member of a host institution in consultation with the professor.

ADIP 593 Practicum I
Prerequisite: At least 18 credits in the Diploma in Adult Education Teacher Certification Option II.
This course is designed for students who possess a Provincial Teaching Authorization or are currently working in adult education in the Quebec school system. Students enroling in this practicum are expected to have completed courses in theoretical and conceptual content in the field of adult education. This practicum provides an opportunity in which they can apply this knowledge to their classroom teaching experience.
Note: Upon presentation of a statement from the school authority attesting to the satisfactory performance in an adult education classroom for a minimum of four months, a student may be exempted from this course.

ADIP 594 Practicum II
Prerequisite: ADIP 593.
This course is designed for students who possess a Provisional Teaching Authorization or are currently working in adult education in the Quebec school system. Satisfactory classroom performance in the student’s subject matter specialty is judged on the basis of reports from the school principal, mentors chosen from the teaching staff, and a supervisor from the University.

ADIP 597 Adult Education I - Selected Topics
ESTU 676.

ADIP 598 Adult Education II - Selected Topics
ESTU 677.

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