Adult Education

Upcoming courses

Important notes:

  • ADED 370 and ADED 470 can be scheduled during the winter semester
  • Students near completion of the degree should contact the program advisor to be assisted with final requirements.
  • All program requirements must be completed in the winter semester in order to graduate in June of the same year.


Adult Education Department

Independent Studies (for Specific Courses) Guidelines 

The Department of Adult Education, consistent with UFV practices, offers to provide students with the opportunity to do independent studies of specific courses given the following: 

  • the course is not offered in the final calendar year of a student's program
  • the course is required for graduation with a credential
  • (by inference of the above) the course would delay a student's timely graduation in the May convocation or for some other reasonable deadline linked to credential completion

 If a student meets the above terms, the process for requesting an independent study is to first get an approval of the Head before the course is opened as a CRN. Once opened, it is listed as available for 6 students, but it is not the practice of the Department to fill the course with students who do not meet the above terms.

These guidelines are intended to support students to complete credentials in a timely manner. There needs to be a faculty member who has taught the course in the past or the near future who is willing to supervise. The limits are placed to avoid jeopardizing the ability of the regularly scheduled course to fill and proceed in its designated term.

    For all face-to-face sessions, a computer is required.


Winter 2020
ADED 310

Fundamentals of Adult Education       

Required textbook:

Spencer, B. & Lange, E. (2014).  The Purposes of Adult Education: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing.ISBN 9781550772456

Janice Johnson
ADED 325**

Teaching Adults

Required textbook:

Brockett, R. G. (2015). Teaching adults: A practical guide for new teachers. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 9781118903414

Janice Johnson
ADED 390 

Research in Adult Education 

Required textbook:

Loseke, D. R. (2017). Methodological Thinking: Basic principles of social research design. 2nd ed. Sage :London. ISBN 9781506304717

Chris Campbell
ADED 407*

Organizational & Workplace Learning 

No textbook required. 

Chris Campbell
ADED 408* **

Assessing Adult Learning 

Required textbook:

Fenwick, T.  & Parsons, J. (2009).  The Art of Evaluation: A resource for Educators and Trainers. 2nd ed. Toronto, ON: Thompson Educational Publishing. ISBN 9781550771664

Doug Mauger
ADED 423

Advanced MBSR

Stahl, B. & Goldstein, E. (2010). A mindfulness-based stress reduction workbook. 2nd ed.Oakland, CA: New Harbingers. ISBN 9781684033553

Seonaigh MacPherson 

ADED 472

Reflective Practice

Wenger-Trayner, E. et. al. (2014). Learning in landscapes of practice: Boundaries, identity, and knowledgeability in practice-based learning. Routledge. ISBN 9781138022195

Hartnell-Young, E. and Morriss, M. (2007). Digital portfolios: Powerful tools for promoting professional growth and reflection. Corwin Press. ISBN 9781412949309

Seonaigh MacPherson
TESL 410

Teaching a Second Language Education

Required textbooks:

Harmer, J. (2015). The practice of English language teaching (Fifth Edition). Harlow: Pearson. ISBN 9781447980254 

Hellman, Harris & Wilbur. (2019). The 6 Principles for Exemplary Teaching of English Learners: Adult Education and Workforce Development. TESOL Press. ISBN 9781945351662

Amea Wilbur
TESL 420

Curriculum and Assessment in Second Language Education

Required textbook:

Richards, J. (2017). Curriculum Development in Language Teaching (2nd Ed.) Jack C. Richards (Cambridge) ISBN 9781316625545

Coombs, C., Folse, K., & Hubley, N. (2007). A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472032013

Tanis Sawkins
TESL 433

Second Language Education Practicum 

No texts required. 

Amea Wilbur & Rossana Chisholm
MBTL 708

Mindfulness-Based Teaching, Learning & Leading

Required textbook:

Woods, S., Rockman, P., & Collins, E. (2019). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy: Embodied presence and inquiry in practice. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Willard, C., & Saltzman, A. (Eds.) (2015). Teaching mindfulness skills to kids and teens. NY: Guilford Press.

Feldman, C., & Kuyken, W. (2019). Mindfulness: Ancient wisdom meets modern psychology. NY: Guilford Press.

Seonaigh MacPherson &

Pat Rockman

 Note: Single asterisk indicate courses in the Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate 

           Two asterisks indicate required courses in the Integrated Learning Design (ILD) associate certificate

Summer 2020
ADED 320*                

Adult Learning 

Required textbooks:

Merriam, Sharan B. & Bierema, Laura L. (2014). Adult learning: Linking theory to practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-1-118-13057-5 (hardback). ISBN: 978-1-118-41631-0 (epub).

Ambrose, S., Bridges, M.W., Lovett, M.C., DiPietro, M., & Norman, M.K. (2010). How learning works: 7 research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Also available as an e-book.                                                                                                                                      

Janice Johnson
ADED 330T Project-based Learning
Chris Campbell
ADED 415 ** Facilitating e-Learning     Doug Mauger
ADED 421 Advanced Studies in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Seonaigh MacPherson & 

Melissa Nigrini

MBTL 710 Mindfulness Practice     Seonaigh MacPherson & Pat Rockman
MBTL 721 Mindfulness in Research & Practice

Seonaigh MacPherson &

Pat Rockman

 Note: Single asterisk indicate courses in the Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate 

           Two asterisks indicate required courses in the Integrated Learning Design (ILD) associate certificate

Tentative Course Offerings for Fall 2020*
maybe subject to change
ADED 215           Foundations of e-Learning                                                                                                                                            Janice Johnson
ADED 305 Portfolio Development for Prior Learning Assessment Recognition  Janice Johnson
ADED 325 ** Teaching Adults  TBA 
ADED 350 Storytelling & the Reflective Practitioner TBA 
ADED 365  Adult Education in Canada: Indigenous Peoples  TBA
ADED 407* Organizational & Workplace Learning TBA 
ADED 420 Adult Education in a Global Context


ADED 423 Advanced Studies in MBSR TBA 
ADED 425 ** Curriculum Design for Adult Education TBA 
TSEL 400 Foundation of Second Language TBA 
TESL 408 Applied Linguistics in Second Language  Ivelina Tchizmarova 
MBTL 700 Introduction to Mindfulness: Research, Theory, and Practice

Seonaigh MacPherson &

Pat Rockman

 Note: Single asterisk indicate courses in the Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate  

           Two asterisks indicate required courses in the Integrated Learning Design (ILD) associate certificate 

Tentative Course Offerings for Winter 2021*
maybe subject to change
ADED 320*          Adult Learning                                                                                                                                      TBA 
ADED 340* Program Planning & Evaluation                                                                       
ADED 405 Diversity in Adult Education            TBA 
ADED 408* ** Assessing Adult Learning TBA    
ADED 415 ** Facilitating e-Learning TBA 
ADED 422 Wellbeing and Lifelong Learning


ADED 430 Leadership in Adult Education TBA 
TESL 410 Teaching a Second Language TBA 
TSEL 420 Curriculum & Assessment in Second Language Education  TBA 
TESL 433 Second Language Practicum   TBA 
MBTL 708 Mindfulness-Based Teaching, Learning, and Leading

Seonaigh MacPherson &

Pat Rockman


 Note: Single asterisk indicate courses in the Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate  

           Two asterisks indicate required courses in the Integrated Learning Design (ILD) associate certificate


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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