The Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) degree is a unique mid-career professional development program for people who are instructing, administering, developing programs for, or providing educational support to adult learners. The program consists of 120 credits, which may be achieved through a combination of coursework, credit for prior experience, and transfer credit. Most students are part-time students, taking one or two courses per semester. The program offers students the opportunity to link practical and theoretical course work to the challenges they meet in their work setting, while enhancing their knowledge, skills, and appreciation of the field of adult education.
The Adult Education department will also consider applications from working professionals with at least three years of significant and relevant Adult Education or related experience, even though they may not possess the required GPA, course grades, or course currency necessary for entry into the degree program. The department will exercise its discretion in such cases and, where warranted, accept students on a conditional basis.
Students accepted to the program under this applicant category will be required by the department to support their application by submitting a resume and/or letters of reference to the program advisor, as determined by the department.
Note: Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.
If applicants are unsure if they meet the qualifications, they may contact the Adult Education Program Advisor. Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Application dates for specific intake applications:
|Semester||First day to apply||Recommended application deadline|
|Fall (September)||October 1||January 31|
|Winter (January)||May 1||August 31|
|Summer (May)||October 1||December 31|
Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.
Students should contact the Adult Education Program Advisor for assistance with a program plan.
The length of time required for program completion depends on the number of courses taken per semester, and the number of credits awarded through transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
All courses are offered online with some face-to-face sessions located on the Abbotsford campus. Distance students participate in these face-to-face sessions via video-conferencing technologies.
The four courses of the Workplace Education associate certificate are all required courses in the Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) degree. Therefore, all students graduating with the degree automatically receive a Workplace Education associate certificate. Likewise, students who complete the Workplace Education associate certificate can use those courses towards the degree without having to transfer it in.
Students can choose to combine the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate with the Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) degree. This pathway recognizes TESL 410 (formerly TESL 310 and TESL 433 (formerly TESL 333) as meeting the requirements for ADED 325 and ADED 473 if and when all the other requirements for both the degree and the TESL certificate are met. In addition, one of the Adult Education courses counts as three of the six required elective credits for the TESL certificate.
Contact the Adult Education Program Advisor for details.
A total of 60 credits as listed below:
|ADED 210||Principles and Practice of Adult Education||3|
|or ADED 215||Foundations of e-Learning|
|Plus:||Six credits of ENGL and/or CMNS, 100-level and above||6|
|Plus:||51 additional upper- or lower-level credits earned through coursework at UFV, transfer credits, or program-based PLAR (see Notes)||51|
Note 1: Program-based PLAR is allowed to a maximum of 54 credits in total for the degree. Students applying for credit through program PLAR are also required to complete ADED 305.
Note 2: Students wishing to take courses at other institutions for credit in the BA (Adult Education) program must first obtain permission from the program advisor, and obtain Letters of Permission from UFV and from the other institution.
A total of 60 credits as listed below:
|ADED 310||Fundamentals of Adult Education||3|
|ADED 320||Adult Learning||3|
|ADED 340||Program Planning and Evaluation||3|
|ADED 360||Adult Education in the Canada: History and Trends||3|
|ADED 390||Research in Adult Education||3|
|ADED 407||Organizational and Workplace Learning||3|
|ADED 325||Teaching Adults (see Note)||3|
|ADED 408||Assessing Adult Learning||3|
|ADED 415||Facilitating e-Learning||3|
|ADED 425||Curriculum Design for Adult Learning||3|
|ADED 435||Facilitating Adult Learning||3|
Note: TESL 410 (formerly TESL 310) can be used in place of ADED 325 for students pursuing the TESL certificate.
|ADED 365||Adult Education in Canada: Indigenous Peoples|
|ADED 405||Diversity in Adult Education Contexts|
|ADED 410||Adult Education and Social Change|
|ADED 420||Adult Education in the Global Context|
|ADED 370||Directed Studies|
|ADED 470||Synthesis Project I
|ADED 472||Reflective Practice|
|ADED 473||Adult Education Practicum (see Note)|
Note: TESL 433 (formerly TESL 333) can be used in place of ADED 473 for students pursuing the TESL certificate.
|ADED 305||Portfolio Development for Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (see Note 1)|
|ADED 330||Special Topics in Adult Education|
|ADED 350||Storytelling and the Reflective Practitioner|
|ADED 380||Educational Technologies|
|ADED 421||Advanced Studies of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy|
|ADED 422||Wellbeing and Lifelong Learning|
|ADED 423||Advanced Studies of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction|
|ADED 430||Leadership in Adult Education|
|ADED 446||Community-based Adult Education Methods|
|ADED 471||Synthesis Project in Adult Education II|
|ADED 480||Seminar in Adult Education Issues|
|Non-ADED electives chosen in consultation with Adult Education Program Advisor|
Note 1: ADED 305 is required for program-based PLAR.
Note 2: ADED courses not used in the Diversity and Social Justice section or the Capstone courses can also be used as electives.
Students can add any existing minors and extended minors in Arts, Science, or Professional Studies.
Note: This will require completion of more than 120 credits.
The BA (Adult Education) program requires the completion of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00. At least 45 credits must be from upper-level courses.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
Students must complete at least 30 of the credits required at UFV.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with a Program Advisor. Degree candidates who qualify to receive a UFV degree must be approved by the Program Advisor and Senate.
Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at ufv.ca/admissions, or from the Office of the Registrar. This should be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by April 30.
Completed certificate programs, diplomas, vocational credits, and Red Seal may be accepted as part of the degree requirements subject to approval of the Office of the Registrar.
See the Graduation section of the calendar for more information.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.