Course Information

Faculty of Education

Course Information

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.


If you are interested in taking one of the following Adult Education online electives, please visit and click on Undergraduate Calendar for the latest offerings.

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 1P33 — Scholarly Writing for Adult Learners
Writing fundamentals of grammar conventions, research skills, essay writing, editing skills and APA formatting.

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 3P31 - Intercultural Communication in Adult Education
Topics include cultural identity, communication variables and values, and culture as context for communication.

ADED 3P41 - Community Outreach and Adult Literacy
Introduction to community outreach in Canada. Community theories, definitions, principles, outreach relation, adult literacy and social advocacy. Outreach for empowering societal change and betterment.

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.

Please refer to the Undergrad Calendar for more information.

If your interest is in working as a teacher of children or adolescents (primary/junior, junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior levels), you should be looking to the BEd leading to the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

The BEd in Adult Education does not lead to the Ontario Certificate of Qualification.

For those individuals who are currently certified to teach in Ontario, the Faculty offers a variety of Additional Qualification courses in St. Catharines, Hamilton and online. For further information regarding these courses, please contact Marie Harris at



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