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Adult Education (Minor, Cert)

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Certificate (Cert)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1 year
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning

Why study Adult Education?

Since many adults will return to the classroom at various stages in their lives, educators can benefit from specialized training that helps adults refresh their skills or change careers. The Adult Education program is designed to give educators the tools and skills to help adults realize their goals. Learning is a life-long endeavour, and the program is suited to those interested in enhancing their skills as:

  • Community facilitators
  • Industrial and business training specialists and consultants
  • Health-care educators
  • In-service education coordinators
  • Volunteer service coordinators

Program structure

Program options

  • Certificate in Adult Education (30 credits)
  • Minor in Adult Education (24 credits)



Students must take 24 credits, including three core courses and 15 credits chosen from Adult Education courses with the permission of the Program Director.


Students must take 30 credits, including five core courses (15 credits: ADED 201, ADED 202, ADED 220, ADED 496 and ADED 497) and 15 credits chosen from Adult Education (ADED) offerings and 3 credits chosen as an elective from cognate courses with the permission of the Programme Director.

All credits earned in the Certificate Programme may be transferred into an appropriate Bachelor's/Baccalaureate degree.

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

The programs in Adult Education are appropriate for individuals who wish to work in the following fields:

  • Business and industrial trainers
  • Community animators
  • Coordinators of In-service education and training
  • Coordinators of volunteer services
  • Health care educators
  • Instructors
  • Private consultants in education and training
  • Teachers
  • or others whose function is to help adults to learn.

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