Adult Education

Frequently asked questions

General questions

This degree is a unique mid-career professional development program for people who are instructing, administering, developing programs, or providing educational support for adult learners.

The program is equivalent to a four-year degree; you have the option of full-time or part-time study. Most of our students enroll on a part-time basis, taking one or two courses per semester.

Students have the opportunity to link both practical and theoretical coursework to the challenges they meet in their work setting while enhancing their knowledge, skills, and appreciation of the field of adult education.

Adult educators come from diverse backgrounds. They may be experienced instructors or educational consultants in vocational or industrial programs. Some work in health or recreation where they provide community-based education or adult recreation programs Adult educators work in areas of literacy, teaching English as a second language, employment counseling, life skills coaching, and post-secondary education. Adult educators are active in international education, community service, and performance technology and share a common interest in working with adult learners.

Our students work in the field and enroll to learn about this rapidly evolving field, gain formal credentials, or prepare for career advancement.

Mature students

Most of the BA AE program students are middle-aged and have not been in school for a period of time. You will study with like-minded professionals who are balancing their educational demands with other commitments.

UFV delivers western Canada's only undergraduate program in adult education. This degree is one of UFV’s most flexible programs. Although it is designed as a four-year degree, the actual time to complete the degree depends on you. You can tailor your studies to fit your busy schedule — study part-time or full-time. 

Here are highlights of the program:

  • online courses delivered in a hybrid model with some face-to-face sessions
  • face-to-face sessions delivered around work schedules
  • distance students participate in face-to-face sessions via video conferencing 
  • experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors
  • opportunities for students to link theory with their field practice
  • recognizes prior learning, including those from non-traditional settings
  • sets the foundation for further professional or graduate studies

Requirements and prior learning recognition

View detailed entrance requirements.

There are 2 options to be accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program:

Option 1: Applicants who have attended some post-secondary school. This includes students who have completed the WEC program.

Option 2: Applicants who have no post-secondary experience but have three or more years working in Adult Education or related experience.

If these options do not describe your background, consider applying as a qualifying studies student.

All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirement and provide official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended.

Applicants who have not completed any 100 level or higher English or Communication post-secondary course must send their high school transcripts as evidence of meeting the prerequisites for the English or Communications course requirements. 

English or Communication prerequisites are a minimum grade of C+ or over English 12 plus two Approved Grade 12 courses, or the prerequisites for ENGL 105, and a minimum of C+ over three Approved Grade 12 courses.

Applicants meeting the entrance requirements may be accepted for admission under either Option 1 or Option 2.

Letter of references and resumes are only required for Option 2.

When to apply:

Policy: Applicants must take 1 course in the semester they apply to.

Note: Application deadlines are sometimes extended to 1 month before the start of semester classes. Contact the department for help.

SemesterFirst day to applyRecommended application deadline
Fall (September) October 1 January 31
Winter (January) May 1 August 31
Summer (May) October 1 December 31

Yes. There are three methods to recognize your prior learning to meet a portion of the requirements of the degree program.

1. Transfer Credits

We work to facilitate the “laddering” of previously earned credentials. Students who have completed formal studies at a recognized public post-secondary institution can transfer up to 90 credits. So, for example, if you already have an Associate degree, a diploma in Social Services, a nursing designation, some college and university courses, or other academic credentials, you will likely be granted credit toward the degree.

Transfer credits are assessed on the basis of official transcripts, which you should submit to the UFV Office of Registrar. For information about many other credentials that receive transfer credit, it’s best to consult the program advisor

Examples of other programs recognized for transfer credit:

2. Program-based Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

We respect the learning students bring to our institution and we assist adult learners to earn credit for what they already know and can do. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a process that provides you with the opportunity to receive credit for what you already know and can do.  ADED 305 is a required course to assist you with the creation of a portfolio for assessment. 

  • You have learned a skill through work or volunteer experience or knowledge gained informally out of an educational institution
  • PLAR can help you to have your skills and knowledge assessed through a portfolio method
  • You can earn up to 54 credits through PLAR

3. A course-based challenge for PLAR

You may have prior learning or work experience you believe meet the learning outcomes of UFV courses. If so, consider a course-based challenge. 

A challenge can come in many different forms. Generally, a course-based challenge will be set up as a number of different assessments or tests, to determine if the student has the knowledge required to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Get the details on PLAR

The BA in Adult Education requires completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C average). 30 courses must be completed at the University of the Fraser Valley. This is the residency policy. 

View a Program Plan

Fees, costs, and payment

View tuition fees. You should budget $100– $150 per course for resource materials such as textbooks, although this amount can be much higher for courses in the sciences and other areas.

It’s worth a visit to UFV’s Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the yearly disbursement of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students.  

No. Alternative ways to pay include online/phone banking, a bank draft, cheque, or money order which includes your student number sent to the Office of the Registrar. In person at any UFV campus debit card, cash, bank draft,

You may also pay in person at any UFV campus using a debit card, cash, bank draft, cheque or money order.

The deposit is applied to the balance of your tuition fees.

Courses and timetables

Every student has family and work commitments so it may be best to register for 1 or 2 courses per semester to see how manageable the course load is with other demands.

The courses do not run sequentially. Most courses do not have prerequisites so many are available to new program students. If you are new to the program, it is best to check with the Program Advisor for assistance.

View tutorials on registration from the Office of the Registrar. 

Students are expected to have a high level of participation online and full attendance during all the face-to-face sessions. Faculty will provide participation expectations to students.

Including reading, assignments and online posting expect 30 hours of homework for each course.

Login to myUFV. Here is where you will be able to access your admissions information, registration, grades, tax forms, order textbooks and much more.

Students will have to reapply to the program if they have not completed a UFV credit course in one calendar year.

Contact the Program Advisor to help set up an independent studies option for any particular course needed to meet your graduation goals.

Online courses in Adult Education have a minimum of four face-to-face class times. Local students can attend the classes at the Abbotsford campus. Distance students can attend the class via video conferencing.  

Learn and view technical requirements of Blackboard Collaborate.

Next steps and support

We highly recommend that you talk with the Adult Education program advisor to determine if this program fits you. Contact the program advisor at 604-864-4621 or email

Apply online. There is a $45.00 application fee.

Send official transcripts (unopened directly to UFV's Office of the Registrar from every post-secondary institution you’ve attended and proof of any previously earned trades qualifications, certificates or diplomas. These official transcripts do not need to be included with your initial application.

Student Services are able to provide a broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

All policies are posted by the UFV Secretariat.

Contact UFV Online.


Since participating in the Adult Education program, I have incorporated many of the skills and concepts into my everyday work. I feel strongly that my involvement in the Adult Education program has enhanced my work, and has given me the critical thinking skills needed to develop new programming and further my career.

  • – Garrison Duke
  •    Director of Employment at Abbotsford Community Services

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