BACHELOR of ARTS (Adult Education)

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This degree is designed primarily for people presently working with adult learners. It is designed especially for part-time study with classes held weeknights and Saturdays. Some courses are available online.

The purpose of the degree is to enhance participants’ knowledge, skills, and appreciation of adult education as both a field of practice and as a field of study. The degree also is intended to encourage the exploration of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences.

The program offers substantial opportunity for participants to link coursework to the challenges they meet in their work setting.

A unique feature of this Bachelor of Arts degree is the recognition of learning that occurs outside the formal post-secondary system. Students accepted into the program may apply for academic credits for their prior learning. The intent is to recognize the achievements and learning gained by individuals through life experience as well as through education.

Faculty Orientation:

We are committed to a value position which places adult education amongst the means by which citizens may work toward a just and democratic society. We advocate for a sense of social responsibility in program graduates. We also see adult education as a means for personal advancement and satisfaction.

We acknowledge the importance of the development in adult educators of a personal philosophy of practice. We will nurture an appreciation of and respect for the diversity of experience and views within the program’s learning community.

It is our intention to create a learning environment which encourages a collaborative approach and the development of an informed critical perspective in the analysis of issues in the field.

We are committed to supporting the enthusiasm and enhancing the skills of program participants in order to encourage their participation in learning as a life-long enterprise. We favour continuous self-reflection as a key part of being a life-long learner. Our approach supports the idea of students taking on significant responsibility for their learning.

The faculty in the program are working toward the development of diverse and innovative approaches to supporting adult learning.

We desire to behave in a manner that is consistent with principles of adult education.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the BA in Adult Education, you must have acquired a field of expertise equivalent to three years full-time practice in one, or a combination of, the following areas:

The field of expertise may have been acquired through a combination of previous training and education, and/or related experience.

How to Apply

1.Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office, or directly from the Adult Education department office in Abbotsford.

Note: Contact the program advisor or program website for dates of upcoming information sessions.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

a. Completed questionnaire outlining work experience, prior training and education, and learning goals.

b. Résumé

2. You will be advised of an admission decision. Following notification of admission to the program, students should contact the program advisor for help with program planning and course selection.

Program Planning

Gather all official transcripts (sealed envelope) from every post-secondary institution attended, and proof of any previously earned trade qualifications, certificates, or diplomas. These documents are required to determine the credit that will be awarded toward the degree and to assist in planning your program of study.

Program Length and Locations

The length of time required for completion of the program depends on the number of courses taken per semester and the number of prior learning credits accepted.

Courses are offered on Abbotsford and Mission campuses. Many are offered online. Two courses must be taken in a face-to-face format: ADED 310 and ADED 320.

Program Requirements

The BA (Adult Education) program requires completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. A minimum of 30 credits must be from UCFV credit offerings. At least 45 credits must be from upper level courses.

Program Elements

A.  All of:

Course, Title & Credits

ADED 310     Introduction to Adult Education    3
ADED 320    Adult Learning1    3
ADED 340    Program Planning and Evaluation    3
ADED 360    Adult Education in the Canadian Context: History and Trends     3
ADED 390    Selecting, Evaluating, and Using Adult Education Research     3

B. Any two of:

Course, Title &  Credits

ADED 405     Honouring Human Diversity in Adult Education    3
ADED 410    Adult Education and Social Change    3
ADED 420    Adult Education in the Global Context    3

C. A minimum of 15 upper-level credits in Adult Education, any or all of which may be selected from:

Course, Title & Credits

ADED 330     Special Topics in Adult Education    3
ADED 335    Curriculum Development for Vocational Instruction     3
ADED 345    Instructional Skills for Professionals    3
ADED 370    Guided Independent Study    3
ADED 380    Instructional Technologies    3
ADED 430    Administration of Adult Education    3
ADED 470    Synthesis Project in Adult Education    3
ADED 480    Seminar in Adult Education Issues    3
or  other upper-level ADED courses which may be offered from time to time

D. A minimum of nine credits in Instructional
Design and Methods2

E.   A minimum of six credits in English

To include literature and/or composition 6

F.   A minimum of 15 credits of upper-level
elective courses

G.   Other electives3:
which may include ADED 200 54

Total  program credits 120

Note1: It is highly recommended that students enrol in these courses during the first or second semester of their program.

Note2: UCFV does not offer courses which meet this specific Instructional Design and Methods requirement. See the Adult Education advisor for information about widely available programs which satisfy this requirement.

Note3: ADED 200 (Portfolio Development for Prior Learning Assessment) is recommended for students who will be requesting credit for learning documented in a portfolio.

Workload and Expectations

Course-related work in the program combines theory and practice. Use of the library between class meetings is expected. We encourage program participants to develop good writing and critical thinking skills. As a general guide for determining the number of courses undertaken at one time, you should expect to spend at least three hours outside of class for each hour in class, in addition to any necessary travel time. Participants who have family and/or employment responsibilities should give careful thought to the number of courses in which they register at a given time.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
and Transfer Credit

Within the terms and conditions of program completion outlined above, any or all of the following types of credit may be used in attaining credit to be used towards the BA in Adult Education.

1. Transfer Credit: Up to 90 credits are available through evaluation of previous studies.

2. Portfolio Assessment: A maximum of 30 credits can be obtained through portfolio assessment. The portfolio is prepared normally as part of a UCFV credit course (ADED 200). Credits awarded through portfolio assessment will not necessarily be transferable to other degree programs or institutions.

3. Course Challenge: these are credits which are awarded through a specifically arranged process, by which a student demonstrates mastery of course objectives without taking the course. Regulations related to course challenge are outlined on page 19 of this calendar.

Part-time Faculty and Program Advisor:
Chelene Koenig, BSc (Alberta), Prof. Teaching Cert. (UBC), MAdEd (St. Francis Xavier)

Part-time Faculty:
Wendy Burton, BA (Hons) (UVic), MA (Queen’s), EdD (Toronto)

Full-time Faculty:
Andrea Kastner, BSW (Calgary), MA, PhD Candidate (UBC), Program Head
Don Chapman, BA (SFU), MEd, PhD (Alberta)
Ian Hunt, BA, MA, EdD (UBC)

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