BA in Adult Education (Honours)

Now accepting applications for online classes beginning each Spring, Fall and Winter!

The BA Adult Education (Honours) program is designed for individuals working with – or aspiring to work with – adults in a variety of educational settings including private and public college and post-secondary settings, corporate training, public service settings, health care, public safety and security, the voluntary sector and other management and/or supervisory settings. It is also for individuals who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in workplace settings in teaching, coaching, mentoring, training, and adult skill development. Some may be considering graduate study and further research in the field.

Most of our students are part time, mature distance learners who apply their degrees in many sectors – business, industry, health care, government, human resources, post-secondary sectors, financial services and manufacturing, where education and skills development are the focus of their work.

Please visit our FAQ page for Frequently Asked Questions about our program.


Life is busy. Flexibility and options are important. Find your fit among the options. Prior post-secondary study may be considered for transfer and advanced standing into the degree pathways.


The BA in Adult Education (Honours) is a gateway into a selection of options and pathways:

As a first or subsequent degree, consider:

  • BA in Adult Education (Honours) – a four-year undergraduate degree program consisting of 20 undergraduate courses – some specified, some context and others in a broad range of electives.
  • BA in Adult Education (Pass) – earned after successful completion of the requirements of the first three years of the BA Adult Education (Honours).

Not ready or interested in a degree? Consider a shorter Certificate in Adult Education.

  • Certificate in Adult Education – comprised of five core Adult Education courses. Successful completion of the certificate enables laddering into the degree program. All core ADED courses are transferred in the degree. Candidates who have obtained the Certificate in Adult Education may later apply for the BA in Adult Education (Honours). All credits earned in the certificate program will be transferable to the degree program.
  • Minor in Adult Education – Students in other disciplines can obtain a Minor in Adult Education within their degree program by completing specific courses with a minimum 60 percent overall average. Please see the Undergraduate Calendar for details.
  • Micro-Certificates – Micro-certificate in Post-Secondary Education or Adult Education – General or Equity, Diversity and Inclusion or Workplace Education, Leadership and Conflict Management. This option is open to those who do not wish to register for a full program and requires an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent mature student status.


  • All Adult Education courses are offered entirely online with no requirement to meet on campus.
  • Adult Education courses are offered year-round in 4 semesters of study each spring, summer, winter and fall.
  • Participate as a full-time or part-time student, according to your needs and availability for study.
  • We hope that you will complete your program in a timely manner but recognize that you may need to take a break along the way to deal with the complexities of life. You can keep your admitted status while you are on hiatus, attending to other professional and personal responsibilities, until you can register again and resume your studies. If you have ever enrolled in course, you will be able to reactivate your student portfolio and register for your next course when you are ready to begin again in the next study session (without needing to reapply for admission).
  • During the BA in Adult Education (Honours) program, undergraduate core courses must be taken through Brock University. Elective and context courses may be available at Brock or at other recognized universities on a Letter of Permission. The Office of the Registrar will make the final determination on applications for LOP courses.
  • Applicants who receive an offer of admission by the registration deadline for the Spring-Summer term can request to be admitted to the Spring-Summer term. Want to start later in the year? Contact the Office of the Registrar to defer your start of courses until the fall if you prefer.
  • Contact your Academic Advisor to build your program plan and seek access to register in spring or summer sessions. Learn more about registration and timetables on the website of the Office of the Registrar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our FAQ page for Frequently Asked Questions about our program.

Virtual Admissions Assessment

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Transfer Student Information

Information you’ll need to start your transition to Brock University.

Information Sessions

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Tuition, Fees & Awards

Academic Advisors are available at The Faculty of Education Academic Advising team is here to work with you to develop a personalized academic study plan from year to year. You can reach them by booking an appointment through your student portal or Live Chat. Live Chat is currently available on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. will be able to assist you in applying to Adult Education.

If you still have questions about studying in Adult Education, contact the unit via email at

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 website.

The information provided on this page is subject to change without notice. Information published on the website of the Office of the Registrar supersedes the information published here.