Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach

Faculty of Education

Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach

The Faculty of Education's Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO) specializes in the scholarship and practice of Adult Education and offers the opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills in adult teaching and learning environments. Our students apply their degrees in many sectors - business, industry, health care, government, post-secondary, financial services and manufacturing - where education and development require a solid foundation in the principles and practices of Adult Education. These sectors need educators of adults who have the knowledge and skills to facilitate adult learning.

Our record of quality programming
CAECO students are involved in one of the longest-running adult education degree and certificate programs in the province. We have a proven track record of offering courses that address many of the facets of Adult Education - instructional methodologies, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation, leadership, gender issues and power relationships. For a complete list of courses, visit our Undergraduate Calendar (http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/2014/undergrad/edae.html).

Flexible options for your education
Study part time or full time, online or on-site.

Our program offerings

BEd in Adult Education (as your first degree) - Requires completion of the five core Adult Education courses plus 10 additional context and elective credits. Our system of advance standing means any prior post-secondary credits that you hold may count toward the context and elective requirements.

BEd in Adult Education (as a subsequent degree) -

If you already hold a recognized undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for advanced standing for up to 10 of the 15 credits. You will need to complete the 5 core courses in Adult Education. Determinations of advanced standing are made by the Office of the Registrar.

BEd in Adult Education (as a subsequent degree with co-op option) - You will need to complete all of the academic degree requirements, plus co-op workshops and work term placements.

Certificate in Adult Education - Complete the five core Adult Education courses - it’s possible to finish the program in as little as 18 months. The BEd in Adult Education is unique in Ontario as it offers both first and subsequent degree options.

Our learners

Our learners pursue our programs to realize specific academic, professional and personal goals. Most are mature students, most are living and working across the province and all share an interest in Adult Education in a variety of professional, personal and community contexts.

Our facilitators

One of the strengths of our degree and certificate program is the caliber of our Adult Education Facilitators. Along with outstanding professional credentials, graduate degrees, and years of experience in adult education, many CAECO facilitators are graduates of our program – they know firsthand how your studies will make a difference to you.

Find out more

Please visit the Future Students page or read the Program Information section to learn more about the degree and certificate options.

To apply

Apply online: Domestic Student Application or International Student Application

Need help? 

For questions about becoming a student, contact the unit via email at adulted@brocku.ca.

CAECO Mandate
Program Advisory Committee

Adult learners


Heather Woods MEd Thesis Defence
July 15, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Globe and Mail’s 2012 Canadian University Report Card included Brock’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Adult Education program in its list of “Education programs you may not know about ... but should.”

• Quality of curriculum
• Access and flexibility of programs
• Understanding adult learners
• Learning from the best