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Adult Education

Adult Education Minor


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Part time

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus, Online

Fees and costs


  • Courses available face-to-face, online, or in a blended format
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Adult Education at UFV equips its graduates with the full set of strategies and tools to engage and empower learners in their own specific academic, workplace, and community educational contexts. 

How do you engage employees in HR training?

What is the best way to train new employees?

How is learning in an onsite workshop different than an online webinar?

The Adult Education minor offers students a suite of knowledge and skills to answer these questions. With an Adult Education minor you gain transferrable skills that are relevant to your discipline. These include the development and application of theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to curriculum, instructional design, teaching, and assessment to the formal, informal, and non-formal learning spaces. 

An Adult Education minor adds significant value to the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies
  • Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Computer Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Arts (Humanities or Social Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Studies)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science

For example, it would provide a strong base for a CIS student to take on mentoring roles in an evolving knowledge-intensive industry; a BA (Criminal Justice) grad to plan and implement training; an Environmental Studies student to engage in community education; and a Kinesiology student in blending teaching and assessment effectively in their work in physical education.

View Adult Education minor program outline.

To enrol in the program, you must meet all three conditions:

  • Completed 30 university-level credits
  • CGPA of 2.00
  • Enrolled in a degree program that permits an Adult Education minor.


What do adult education professionals do?

Adult Education professionals help adults learn. Learning can take place in a classroom, a jobsite, or a workshop. It can look like teaching, training, mentoring, coaching or leading in many contexts. What all adult education professionals have in common is an interest in working with adult learners.

What industries need adult education professionals?

Adult education professionals work in many fields. Actually - they can be found in almost any field where adults are! Their title is not always "Adult Educator".

You can find adult education professionals working in:

  • human resource training
  • workplace learning
  • professional development
  • staff training and development in:
    • private businesses
    • government services
    • non-profit organizations
  • community-based education programing in:
    • continuing education
    • health
    • recreation

With an Adult Education minor you are ready to help others learn in your field of choice. 

What types of careers may graduates be prepared for?

Reporting that their coursework is very relevant and work-related, Adult Education graduates have a high degree of success securing employment. Students completing a minor in Adult Education will have an advantage when applying for and performing in jobs in their own major field of study be it traditional, evolving, or emergent.

Some job titles include:

  • Clinical Counsellor
  • Community Education Coordinator
  • Co-Op Education Officer
  • Employment Specialist
  • Fitness Program Manager
  • Health Fitness Program Manager
  • It Trainer
  • Labour Relations
  • Learning Specialist
  • Nutritional Instructor
  • RCMP Trainor
  • Talent Development Manager
  • Victim Service Program Manager
  • Youth Program Manager

Adult educators often work in areas of adult basic education, literacy, teaching English as a second language, employment and vocational counselling, life skills coaching, and post-secondary education. You will find adult educators active in international education, community service, and performance technology. They also teach workers and apprentices in the trades, and organize and teach in union, labour, and employee education programs. 


Requirements for general admission to UFV may be found in the online calendar at:

The entrance requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree will apply to the Adult Education minor program. Students can declare a minor in Adult Education after completion of at least 30-60 university-level credits in the BA. Students must have a CGPA of 2.00 to declare.


A minor in Adult Education prepares you to:

  • apply adult learning theories, principles and practices to design and deliver a range of course contents and materials
  • evaluate learning activities and opportunities for adults in a variety of learning spaces
  • design curriculum and assessment methods using a variety of techniques and strategies
  • use digital skills to produce learning materials
  • demonstrate responsive active learning strategies for a variety of learning environments
  • evaluate advanced learning objects, instructional spaces, and instructional skills for a variety of learning environments
  • contribute collaboratively as a member of a cross disciplinary/sector instructional team
  • create learning environments that support real-world problem solving and different ways of knowing


Phone: 604-864-4674
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 4621
Email: adulted@ufv.ca

While many are still adapting to online learning, Adult Education at UFV has been leading the way! I’ve taken online courses from other institutions, and UFV’s dedication to technologies made for my best overall online learning experience. The most important thing about my experience at UFV is the feeling that I mattered to the school and my instructors. I wasn’t just a faceless student, even in an online environment. 

  • – Lynn Cartan
  •    Educational Consultant, McMaster University
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