Adult Education

The Faculty of Education’s Adult Education programs specialize in the scholarship and practice of Adult Education and offer the opportunity to advance your professional knowledge and skills in adult teaching and learning environments.

Most of our students are part time, mature distance learners who apply their degrees in many sectors – business, industry, health care, government, post-secondary sectors, 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.

Flexible options for your education

Life is busy. Flexibility and options are important. The choices are there for you to find the best fit:

  • Distance learning allows you to take our Adult Education courses online with no requirement to meet on campus.
  • We hope that you will complete your program in a timely manner but recognize that you may need to take a break here and there – we’ll keep your student status active while you are on hiatus, attending to other responsibilities until you can register again.
  • During the BEd ADED program, undergraduate courses must be taken through Brock University or on a Letter of Permission. The Office of the Registrar will make the final decision on transfer courses.
  • Candidates who have obtained the Certificate in Adult Education may later apply for the BEd in Adult Education.  All credits earned in the certificate program will be transferable to the degree program.
  • The BEd in Adult Education offers both first and subsequent degree options.

Considering a degree in a different subject area?  Consult your Academic Advisor in your home faculty to determine if a minor in Adult Education is an available option for you.

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.

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.

Complete the five core Adult Education courses – it’s possible to finish the program in as little as 18 months.

To apply

STEP ONE: Complete the application

Once you have made the decision to begin your Adult Education studies, you will need to complete the Application for Admission.

Apply online: 

STEP TWO: Receive Your Offer of Admission

Your file will be assessed and an Offer of Admission may be mailed to you. If you have applied and do not hear from Brock within three weeks, please contact the Office of the Registrar by email to inquire about the status of your file. The email address is central@brocku.ca.

Please note that you have not been admitted into the program until you have received an Offer of Admission.

STEP THREE: Register Online Using the portal

Follow the procedures in the Registration Guide and Timetable to register in your first ADED course (ADED 4F31) using the Web Registration System. There are deadlines for each registration period. If you do not register via the Web Registration System before the published deadlines, you may be subject to a late registration fee ($50 to $100) or be unable to register at all.

STEP FOUR: Your Statement of Account

Once you have successfully registered using the web, fees will be charged to your Brock account.  Invoices will not be mailed. Fees should be checked via the student portal. Fees may be paid using one of the three options outlined. Please note that tuition payment cannot be made by credit card. If you have any questions regarding your fees statement, please contact the Brock Central at central@brocku.ca.

STEP FIVE: Welcome to the Program!

Your instructor will contact you prior to the start of the term to invite you to your first course. Books and resource materials can be ordered through the Campus Store and will be delivered to your door. Details regarding your class start will be sent to your Brock email account. Please be sure to activate your account by going to my.brocku.ca.

Need help?

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

Please note: If your interest is in working as a teacher of children or adolescents (primary/junior, junior/intermediate or intermediate/senior), you should be looking to the BEd leading to the Ontario Certificate of Qualification. For more information about that program and its requirements, please visit the Teacher Education web site.

Frequently asked questions

Email is our most common way to reach you but we must use your Brock e-mail address to ensure that information is confidential, secure and transmitted reliably. Occasionally we may communicate with you by telephone. Our Academic Advisor is available at acadvisoraded@brocku.ca or by calling 905-688-5550 ext. 5911. 

Fall session courses will run from September through the beginning of December, winter classes run January to April, spring classes run April to July, and summer classes run mid-July through the end of August. For registration information and further details, please refer to the timetable.

Each full credit course is approximately $1314 (Canadian). For the precise tuition fee in your year of registration, click here.

This fee is applicable to all full credit Adult Education courses and is subject to change. All other Brock courses will be at the standard rate for undergraduate courses. You should also budget approximately $150 for course texts and materials per course. You may be eligible for OSAP funding.

Tuition fees for the Brock courses are tax deductible.

Brock students must apply for, and may be granted, a Letter of Permission (LOP) from the Office of the Registrar before registering at another university. Consult the Brock Undergraduate Calendar for further information about Letters of Permission.  Please note, a maximum of 5 credits may be taken on a Letter of Permission.  Any remaining elective or context credit courses must be Brock University courses (online or on campus).

A program plan is a valuable means of managing your Adult Education studies while you balance other demands for your time such as work, family and volunteer activities. Martha Davis is the Academic Advisor for Adult Education participants.

She is here to work with you to develop a personalized academic study plan from year to year. You can reach her at acadvisoraded@brocku.ca or 905 688 5550 x5911. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. She is also available via Skype: acadvisoraded

You should start by speaking to your course instructor. Our instructors are talented adult educators with graduate academic credentials and significant professional experience. They can help you through challenges that you may encounter, and refer you to specialized supports when required.

There is no guarantee of admission to graduate studies which can be offered to a candidate upon completion of the BEd in Adult Education. Each university has different policies governing its admissions procedures, so it is the applicant’s responsibility to investigate each institution directly. If you would like further information regarding the MEd at Brock, please visit the Graduate Education page, email med@brocku.ca or call 905 688 5550 x3340.