What is the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education degree?
Who studies in the Adult Education program?
Why study Adult Education at UFV?
What are the entrance requirements?
Can I receive credit for prior learning?
What are the program graduation requirements?
How much will it cost? 
I'd like to learn more about this program. May I speak with someone about my options?
I'm interested. What should I do next?
What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?

How do online courses work?

What is the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education degree?

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. The program offers students 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.

Who studies in the Adult Education program?

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 counselling, 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.

Why study Adult Education at UFV?

UFV delivers British Columbia’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.

Your study plan can be flexible because the program:

  • offers evening and Saturday classes
  • provides online courses on a rotating schedule
  • hybrid courses featuring Web-X technology
  • smaller classes compared to other post-secondary institutions.
  • instructors who are experienced, highly knowledgeable, and passionate about the field in which they teach.
  • classes which are interactive and learner-centred.
  • opportunities for students to link theory with their field practices.
  • recognizes prior learning, including that from non-traditional settings
  • sets the foundation for further professional or graduate studies.

Since its introduction in 1994, more than 130 students have graduated with the BA degree in Adult Education.

What are the entrance requirements?

All applicants must meet one of the requirements in “A”; must complete “B”, must supply the required transcripts in “C”, and must meet Option 1 or 2 in “D”.

  1. All applicants must have one of the following:
  2. Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.
  3. Applicants must provide high school transcripts, and transcripts from all post-secondary institutions they have attended.
  4. Applicants meeting these standards may then apply for admission to the BA (ADED) under either Option 1 or Option 2.
  • a minimum grade of C+ 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; or
  • a minimum of 9 post-secondary credits, with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 on all university credits attempted.

Option 1

1. Applicants must have three or more years of demonstrable experience and development within the field of adult education. This may include experience and/or development in any of the following areas:

  • Teaching adults
  • Development of educational programs for adults
  • Administration of educational programs for adults
  • Counselling/advising adults
  • Providing educational support services to adult learners
  • Any other area related to the practice of adult education

2. Applicants applying under this option must submit a resume, and arrange for at least two letters of reference from workplaces or employers, addressing the applicant’s experience related to adult education. The letters of reference must be submitted in a sealed envelope directly to UFV Admissions and Records.

Admissibility will be assessed based on the information provided in the applicant’s resume, questionnaire, and the letters of reference.

Option 2

1. Applicants must have completed a diploma, 30-credit certificate, or associate degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution.

2. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in the field of adult education, ideally with a developing field of practice.

Admissibility will be assessed based on transcripts of previous educational experience and on the information provided in the applicant’s resume and questionnaire.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider the Adult Education Studies program path.

Can I receive credit for prior learning?

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

  • Provincial Instructor’s diploma at VCC up to 15 credits
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education at UVIC up to 24 credits
  • Native Adult Instructor diploma up to 15 credits
  • Teaching ESL certificate at VCC or TWU up to 31 credits
  • Diploma in Adult Education at UBC up to 30 credits
  • Diploma in Adult Education at VCC up to 15 credits

Trades qualifications determined by the length of the apprenticeship

2.      Prior Learning Assessment

We respect the learning students bring to our institution and we will assist adult learners to earn credit for what they already know and can do. Prior Learning Assessment (PLAR) is a process that gives you the opportunity to receive credit for what you already know and can do.  We use a course ADED 305 to teach you the skills and to assist you to build a learning 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 up to 45 credits through PLAR

3.      Challenge Courses

You may have prior learning or work experience that they feel meets the learning outcomes of a UFV courses you ask for a challenge of that course.

A challenge can come in many different forms. Generally, a Course 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.

What are the program graduation requirements?

The BA in Adult Education requires completion of 120 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C average).

To graduate with a BA Adult Education will have to complete 15 credits in Instructional Design, 27 credits in Adult Education Theory and Context, 9 Credits in Program Electives inside or outside of the program, and complete the 3 capstone courses.

How much will it cost?

You can get a breakdown on UFV tuition and other fee details through UFV’s Fees and Other Expenses web page by following the links at www.ufv.ca/aded. 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 disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at www.ufv.ca/fineaid/budget

I’d like to learn more about this program. May I speak with someone about my options?

We highly recommend that you talk with the Adult Education program advisor to determine if this is the program for you. You may contact the program advisor at 604-864-4621 or email AdultEd@ufv.ca. You’ll find more detailed information about this degree program on the Adult Education website at www.ufv.ca/aded

I’m interested. What should I do next?

Consult our online calendar at www.ufv.ca/calendar and review the BA Adult Education section carefully. You can download an application form then submit it, along with any required documents and the $45 application fee, to the Office of Registrar at any UFV campus or centre or transmit it through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca. Along with the application form, you must attach your resumé and a completed questionnaire that outlines your work experience, prior training and education, and learning goals. You can get a copy of the questionnaire from the BA in Adult Education website at www.ufv.ca/aded/forms. We’ll also need official transcripts 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.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?

Please visit www.ufv.ca/studentservices to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

How do online courses work?

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. Out of town or province or international students can attend the class via WebEx. Following is an example of what you will find in the timetable: This course meets four Tuesdays for three hours on January 14, February 04, March 11, and April 1st. WebEx participation will be provided for distance students. All remaining classes are conducted online.

For successful WebEx experiences, you will require the following:

Hardware Requirements

Windows                                  Mac                                    
Core2Duo CPU or AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2 GHz   Intel CPU
2 GB RAM   512MB RAM
Webcam (either built-in or USB)   Webcam (either built-in or USB)
USB Headset (headphones/microphone)   USB Headset (headphones/microphone)
Broadband Internet Connection*   Broadband Internet Connection*

* Minimum broadband package requirement: Shaw High Speed 10; Telus Internet 6; Bell Fibe Internet 5/1

 WebEx has short tutorials on how to use the different tools available at www.webex.com/howto/index.html.


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